Our next featured local resource is the African American Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Established in 1970, the archives mission is to “collect, preserve and make accessible historic documents, photographs, memorabilia, art, and artifacts pertaining to African American life, history and culture in Northeast Ohio.” Online you can browse through their catalog to see the archive’s holdings and its location within the Historical Society. Additionally they offer an useful subjects tab that lets you narrow your search results. It should be noted that there are materials that cover national history as well.
For information on the African American Archives Auxiliary or to find out how to support its work, contact:
African American Archives Auxiliary, Acting President
Western Reserve Historical Society, Board of Directors, Ex-Officio Member
Additional programs at the Western Reserve Historical Society:
Our first featured local resource is Cleveland Historical: “Developed by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, Cleveland Historical lets you explore the people, places, and moments that have shaped the city’s history.”
There is an amazing wealth of information on landmarks and events telling the story of life in Cleveland. This site offers pictures, recorded oral history, news clippings, and cited sources to continue your own research. They organize topics by “Tours” which is centered around a single topic and the different Below is a link to African Americans in Cleveland, a Tour spanning over a 100 years of public and personal accounts.
Oh, what a difference a year makes! Last year at this time we where digging out of a late fall blizzard and bracing ourselves for more snow and record cold. It was weather that demanded we hunker down and read. A year later it’s nothing but clear skies and temperatures in the 60’s. It’s perfect weather for an outdoor project or a walk on the beach. I managed to squeeze both of those into my day yesterday; an audiobook and my dog my constant companions. My amazing and handy brother built me a bench from our grandmother’s old bed frame. Look at all that sun! Note the T-shirt! Later, Kevin (the dog) and I explored a new stretch of beach down at Edgewater and discovered this unusual structure. All the while, I was riveted by Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith. This third book in the Cormoran Strike series is definitely my favorite. One of my awesome colleagues already entered this title into the Reading Room.
Whether you are looking to hunker down and read or trying to soak up every last bit of warmth and sunshine, the Reading Room will help you find the perfect book. Check out some of these Latest Additions or explore the extensive back list of titles.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson.
Ana of California by Andi Teran.
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison.
And finally, here is a sneak peek at a book coming in 2016:
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, February 2, 2016 (put yourself on hold now!)
I didn’t grow up in Cleveland so I don’t remember the big department stores such as Bailey’s and Sterling-Lindner, but I do remember Halle’s, Higbee’s, and the May Company. The stores downtown at Christmas were wonderful and exciting to visit. Did you know that Lucille Ball visited Halle’s in 1956? Or that the giant cash register installed at the new May Company store at Parmatown in 1960 was considered cutting-edge? Check it all out in the book, Cleveland’s Department Stores by Christopher Faircloth. ~ Ann