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The Lakewood Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of Lakewood, operating the Oldest Stone House Museum and the Nicholson House and providing service to the community through lectures, a photographic archive, school programs, special events, and research. Visit lakewoodhistory.org today.
The Church of St. James: Architectural History of a Distinctive Landmark
The reopening of the Church of St. James the Greater was a pivotal moment in our region’s cultural heritage. This presentation by church historian Tim Barrett covers the architectural history and highlights the many challenges that accompanied the completion of this monumental edifice. Compare St. James, in all its glory, to illustrations of the medieval European cathedrals that served as the inspiration for its design and lavish detailing.
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Edgewater: The Industrial Park That Could Have Been
The land where Edgewater Park sits today was coveted by industry in the late 1800s because of its easy access to both water and rail. Fortunately, the City Beautiful movement that swept the nation after the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893 inspired our civic leaders to make more attractive use of the land. Eric Deutsch of the Friends of Edgewater State Park tells the whole colorful story with plenty of pictures, maps that give us a new appreciation of our precious public access. Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The Battle of Lake Erie: Birth of a Nation and a City
John D. Cimperman, President of the Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve, commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie, a key turning-point in American history that took place just 60 miles from here. After the United States won its independence, it found itself in a dangerous world without the protection of the Royal Navy. Between 1783 and the conclusion of the War of 1812, American shipping became prey to privateers around the world and close to home. Cimperman recounts our nation’s struggle for survival up until the lasting peace that was struck up between the United States, Canada and England in 1815.
Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Cleveland’s Westside Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking
In continuous use since 1912, the West Side Market is a matchless culinary and cultural resource, a nationally significant architectural treasure, and part of the city's distinctive urban landscape. This handsome book, written by two well-known Cleveland food writers, takes readers on a nostalgic tour of the market building, outdoor arcades, and into the lives of many vendors and market families. Enjoy the numberless rare, and until now, unpublished, vintage and contemporary photographs of this magnificent landmark, that has become a must-see destination for food lovers. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
From Munich to Metropolis: The Evolution of Cleveland’s Artistic Heritage
From the earliest creative rumblings to the masters of the Cleveland School, follow the development of our region's artistic legacy and its major players. Cleveland artists, as both students and teachers, brought regional traditions into the national and international art scenes with surprising results for our rich cultural heritage.
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Vintage Base Ball
Enjoy a fabulous summer afternoon in Lakewood Park by watching vintage base ball! Vintage Base Ball is base ball (yes, it was two words originally) played by the rules and customs of an earlier period. Ballists don period uniforms and recreate the game as it was meant to be played.
Sunday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. by the Old Stone House in Lakewood Park