Letter from Lt. Dillard Firse

Today, is the 100 anniversary of the end of WWI. Cleveland’s newspaper, the Plain Dealer, published a letter from Army Lt. Dillard Firse (from Cleveland) 100 years ago describing the end of the war for him and the members of the all-black 336th Infantry Regiment while in France during the war. Lt. Dillard Firse’s letter […]

Spooky Cleveland – Indian Chief Joc-O-Sot

Spooky Cleveland – One of my favorite spooky Cleveland ghost stories involves, Sauk Indian Chief, Joc-O-Sot. He died in Cleveland in 1844 and is buried in Erie Street Cemetery. But rumor has it that he had wished to be buried closer to his birthplace (probably somewhere in current Minnesota or Wisconsin). His burial in Cleveland […]

Cleveland LGBT History – Francis Millet

October is LGBT History Month – Most Clevelanders know Francis Millet (1846 – 1912) for his work in the old Cleveland Trust Bank Building (today Heinen’s Grocery Store) in downtown. He painted the 13 murals that are below the glass dome and depict the founding of the New World and more specifically that of Cleveland. […]

Cleveland LGBT History – “Newspaper Annie”

October is LGBT History Month. Over the next couple posts we’ll take a look at some Cleveland LGBT history and people. Today we look at “Newspaper Annie”, Anna Perkins (1849 – 1900). Now her sexuality is not know for sure but her actions did challenge gender norms of the time and did cause her ridicule […]

Cleveland Museum of Art – Cleveland Connections

As we continue to look at some of the local free museums in Cleveland, I’d like to continue our visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art and focus on some of the local Cleveland connections. The museum has several pieces by the Rose Iron Works, a Cleveland company for the early 1900’s. Rose Iron Works […]

Cleveland Churches Series – Cathedral of St. John

Today we look at the second in our series on some of the churches in Cleveland with the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, located in downtown Cleveland. Cleveland’s first Catholic bishop,¬†Bishop Amadeus Rappe, hired architect,¬† Patrick Charles Keeley to design the cathedral. Construction began in 1848. It was built in the Gothic revival style […]

Cleveland Churches Series – St. John’s Episcopal

Today we begin a five part series on some of the historic churches here in Cleveland. Back on May 21, we talked about the Old Stone Church in our series on Public Square. Today we will venture across the river to Ohio City and St. John’s Episcopal Church. St. John’s Episcopal is the oldest consecrated […]

“Father’s of Cleveland” – Darren McGavin

The third and final in this week’s “Father’s of Cleveland” is actually not from Cleveland but is very well know here, actor Darren McGavin, who played Ralphie’s dad in A Christmas Story. The movie A Christmas Story was filmed in part in Cleveland. Today you can visit the Christmas Story House in the Tremont neighborhood […]

“Father’s of Cleveland” – Mayor Tom Johnson

The second in our series of “Father’s of Cleveland” is Mayor Tom Johnson. Tom Johnson served as mayor of Cleveland from 1901 – 1909, being re-elected three times. He was known as the “best mayor of the best governed city in the United States”. Prior to being mayor of Cleveland, Tom made his money in […]