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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 today.

The History of Cleveland’s Trolley Cars
Before the automobile became the dominant mode of transportation, the electric streetcar provided a cheap, reliable way to get around town. Chuck Klein will share a brief history of trolley cars, outline the building of the Cleveland streetcar system and describe how the cars operated from Lakewood to downtown Cleveland. After the war, Klein's father was a motorman, operating trolleys from Lakewood's Rocky River station. His father’s personal photos are among the many treasures included in this illustrated presentation.
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

AsiaTown Cleveland: From Tong Wars to Dim Sum
by Alan F. Dutka
For years, Cleveland’s Chinese residents struggled to find a secure place in the city. Immigrants came with dreams of building a better life, but without English proficiency, prospects dimmed, and émigrés often earned poor pay for long hours of strenuous work. In 1925, Cleveland police responded to an especially brutal outbreak of Tong war violence ravaging the community by arresting every Chinese person in the city, creating an international scandal. In spite of the anti-Asian sentiment of the time, the community persevered and paved the way for its current success. Today, Clevelanders and tourists travel to the growing AsiaTown neighborhood to enjoy authentic Asian dinners, shop at stores and enjoy karaoke nights in newly built malls and century-old former residential homes. Alan F. Dutka vividly portrays one of the oldest and most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

The Cleveland Cavaliers: A History of Wine & Gold
by Vince McKee

Take a courtside seat with author Vince McKee as he dishes out the complete history of the Cleveland Cavaliers, from the founding of the franchise in 1970 to the triumphant return of LeBron James in 2014. Relive every major moment in team history. Highlights include draft picks turned all-stars, coaching changes, heated rivalries, player departures; and dubious distinctions like “the Shot” and “the Stepien Rule.” Get insight and analysis of every epic run from legendary sportscaster Joe Tait; players Austin Carr, Craig Ehlo and Larry Nance; and others as they reveal the untold true stories behind every major event in Cavs history. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

The Lakeside Unit and the Great War
The U.S. didn’t join the fight in World War I until the spring of 1917. But in 1914, Cleveland’s foremost physicians and surgeons gathered their resources and went to Paris to tend to injured French and British soldiers, becoming the first U.S. medical unit to set foot on European soil. Jennifer Nieves, the registrar and archivist for the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University, will chronicle the organization of the Unit and its introduction to the Western Front through the collections of the Dittrick archives.
Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium