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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 History of Lakewood’s Beck Center for the Arts
Beck Center for the Arts has been expanding Lakewood’s cultural horizons for more than eighty years. Ed Gallagher, Beck Center’s Director of Education, will tell the story of its evolution from The Guild of the Masque staging plays in people’s living rooms, through the Lakewood Little Theatre and the Golden Age of Radio, to the comprehensive performance and education venue it has become
today. Celebrate the impact Beck Center has had on our region and share your own story in the discussion. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself carried away by the creative spirit along the way.
Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

Exterior Painting and Historic Color Schemes
Are you planning to paint your house this fall? If so, then let Margaret Lann, Heritage Home Program Associate of the Cleveland Restoration Society, offer you some expert guidance. She will review examples of paint failure, suggest what you might look for when hiring a painting contractor, review historic color schemes and provide tips on selecting appropriate colors for older homes in terms of specific architectural styles.
Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First by Betty Weibel
Home to inventors of the first automobile, airplane and professional baseball team, Ohio is also the birthplace of the first show jumping grand prix in the Western Hemisphere… the Cleveland Grand Prix. Since that first grand prix in 1965, the sport has grown to nearly three-hundred-and-fifty American grand prix and a billion dollar industry. From early harness racing to fox hunting, saddle up with equestrian authority Betty Weibel as she explains how this picturesque corner of the Chagrin Valley grew into a world-class horse sport hub. Relive the exciting victories of some of the finest horses and riders in history, and enjoy the Cleveland Grand Prix’s glory years as the premier summer social tradition.
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

Cleveland Calamities: A History of Storm, Fire and Pestilence by Alan F. Dutka
For the first time under one cover, here are the tales of Cleveland’s greatest blizzards, most destructive tornados, nastiest snowstorms and worst floods—and so much more. A pseudo tidal wave once pounded the Lake Erie shore from Bay Village to the Pennsylvania border. A phantom ice age caused scientists to predict that glaciers would soon return to Cleveland. A river burned, mayflies swarmed the downtown area by the millions, credible UFO sightings are still unexplained and a June blizzard raged in the city. Citizens perfected the art of throwing rocks at volunteer firefighters. Secret assistance in developing the atomic bomb created a radioactive neighborhood. Join Cleveland author Alan F. Dutka as he explores intriguing stories of famous and lesser-known Forest City disasters.
Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

The Terminal Tower: From Chicago’s World Fair to Cleveland’s Public Square
This landmark skyscraper has long been regarded as the symbol of Cleveland. Chuck Klein, a Trustee of the National Model Railroad Association, will present the true story of the Terminal Tower. Learn how the country’s premier railroad station came to be built at the southwest corner of Public Square and how two shy real estate moguls known as the Van Sweringen brothers put their stamp on Cleveland and made it the jewel of the world.
Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

The Museum of Divine Statues
Restoration artist Lou McClung’s passion for creating a reflective and reverential place for the display of historic ecclesiastical statues led to the opening of a very special museum in the former home of St. Hedwig’s Church. His mission to rescue and restore religious statues, many of which come from parishes recently decommissioned by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, will help preserve the legacy of those churches, as well as traditional Catholic art. Come and learn about his restoration process as he guides you through it step by step and tour the museum at your leisure after the show.
Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum of Divine Statues 12905 Madison Ave. in Lakewood