Cleveland Metroparks 100th Anniversary

Tour curated by: Cleveland Metroparks

To commemorate the upcoming centennial anniversary of Cleveland Metroparks in 2017, the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities and Cleveland Metroparks worked in collaboration to create a series of new stories that delve into the history of Cleveland's renowned regional park system.

Explore the prehistoric ooze, quarry towns, scenic railways, and dance halls that once could be found where the Cleveland Metroparks now thrive. Witness the park system take on both form and meaning in response to war, an economic disaster, political scandals, suburbanization, the rise of environmentalism, and changes in American social and cultural norms. Discover a history as diverse and varied as the flora and fauna that greets visitors to the park system's picturesque grounds.

Take a sneak-peak of the upcoming tour, but be sure to check back soon for our next release of stories focusing on the history of the Cleveland Metroparks.

All stories sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks

Locations for Tour

Dragged silently downward by the weight of its armored head, the Dunkleosteus terrelli’s lifeless body disappeared into a murky cloud rising from the sea floor.  A death shroud of mud and freshly deposited sediment encased the remains.  As the…

Ushered in by parade and sounds of the WPA Band, the Metropolitan Park Board and representatives of the Village of South Euclid formally dedicated Euclid Creek Reservation on June 24, 1936. The day marked the first public dedication of any unit in…

Tucked away in the oak-hickory forests of the Cleveland Metroparks Brecksville Reservation, the black walnut doors, American chestnut paneling and Berea sandstone that front the Brecksville Nature Center blend harmoniously into the surrounding wooded…

The Quarry Rock Picnic Area in South Chagrin Reservation invites visitors to envision an era when small bands of pioneer men, women, and children forged a new life in the Western Reserve. Situated along the bank of the Chagrin River's Aurora…

In 1912, Harriet L. Keeler was chosen as the temporary superintendent of schools for the sixth largest city in the United States. The Cleveland Leader released a feature interview with the recently honored public figure to mark the occassion. The…

Did you know that zoos and aquariums in the United States attract nearly 175 million visitors a year? While not taking into account repeat visitors, this staggering number is over half of the entire population of the county. With two-thirds of all…
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