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Museum Hours

Sundays 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed Major Holidays

The Lakewood Historical Society Traveling Trunk Program is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Summer Hours May through August

Wed, Thurs, Fri. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

ALL NEW - Historic Birdtown Walking Tour

This year focusing on the commercial district along Madison Avenue

Join LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood Historical Society

in a day of celebration of the rich history of Birdtown.

When: Sunday, June 4 Noon to 4 pm

Where: Madison Park Pavilion (near ballfield)

Sponsors: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Dollar Bank and First Federal Lakewood

·       Food and beverages will be provided from 12-2 pm

·       Tours of the neighborhood kickoff at 1 pm

Walking Tours- leaving from the north corner of Madison and Clarence Avenues (Mahall’s)

·         1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm and 2:30 pm

 

This event is a program of the LakewoodAlive Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program. The Community Engagement Program develops community outreach and engagement initiatives for homeowners and residents in two low-moderate income neighborhoods to help cultivate a sense of pride and ownership. The goal of the program is to inspire residents to communicate and develop relationships with one another, to leverage community organizations and work to improve exterior appearances of their homes and quality of life.

To learn more about the Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program, contact LakewoodAlive at 216-521-0655 or visit LakewoodAlive.org.

 

Second Saturday at the

Oldest Stone House Museum

May 13, 2017 - Getting the Garden Ready

The first program in our Second Saturday series teaches a few key homesteading tasks for the beginning of spring. Create seed bombs as a fun way to spread a little flowery beauty in your yard, and learn how those wildflowers will help save bees. We will also make our own homemade butter.

June 10, 2017 - Farm to Table

Pioneers practiced a farm-to-table lifestyle. We will talk about the connection settlers would have had to their food, what would have been grown versus what would have been purchased, and we will have examples of both during our activities.

July 8, 2017 - Summer Picnic

Join us for an ice cream social to get to know your neighbors and the family who used to live in the Oldest Stone House Museum. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy traditional outdoor children’s games and mingle with other history-loving Lakewoodites.

August 12, 2017-Harvest Time

At the last program of the summer, we will learn two pioneer skills to get ready for fall and winter. Candles were a vital item for settlers to have on hand as the nights grew longer, so we will make hand-dipped candles that you can take home. As the days get colder, it gets harder and harder for our feathered friends to find food, so we will prepare special treats to hang in the trees.

Lakewood's Central School Up for Public Auction

On April 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. the School Board will auction the current School Board Building for sale. The Board has the right to accept or refuse any offer at that time. This is the end of a very long process that started at the October 3,2016 board meeting. Greg Palumbo, Executive Director of the Lakewood Historical Society  presented a plea from our membership to be mindful of the historic nature of the buildings as they moved forward. The video of that meeting can be seen here, Greg is at the 1 hr. 5 min. mark. Later that month the Lakewood Historical Society released our 2016 Fall Newsletter, focusing on the importance of the school buildings, which you can view here. During this time the School Board moved forward with the legally required open offering periods for possible charter schools to purchase the property. This process took 12 weeks in two sessions. Following that period it went into another 6 week period of open opportunity for public entities and private bids, this was not fruitful and lead to what will be an open auction.

During that process local historian and Society Board Member, John Vacha, presented an article in the February 7, 2016 issue of the Observer about the history of the property and the potential sale which can be read here.

Over the summer the Historical Society had heard rumors that of the three properties, two schools (Taft and Lincoln) that were no longer going to be used as schools, and the Board of Education Building,  would be under consideration as the district needed to shed one of the properties. At that time we at the Society began working to spread the word and educate all interested parties about the history of those sites. While we would like to be able to save ever property that is in danger of the wrecking ball in Lakewood it is well outside our financial means to do so, we are a private organization that works toward the public good as the repository of Lakewood History, that is why our Preservation Committee works tirelessly to educate and raise awareness while working toward local Lakewood Historic Designation for significant properties and add a public layer of discours before a property can be razed.

If you would like to help in the designation of properties under City of Lakewood Ordinance Chapter 1134 please contact the Lakewood Historical Society at preservation@LakewoodHistory.org and all are welcome to attend our committee meetings. Meeting dates and times are subject to to change, please call the office at 216-221-7343 for times and locations.


Oldest Stone House Museum Summer Hours Through August

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (cloaed Sundays)

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