The Lakewood Historical Society
We Welcome Our New Director, Robert Shimp
One of Our Best Ohio Heritage Summer Camps Ever
We had such a wonderful Ohio Heritage week last summer that we expanded it to two fully booked weeks, this year. We had great weather (at least for the most part!) and we had the most wonderful kids.
Our fully furnished 1838 house accurately interprets the everyday lives of the people living in Lakewood from 1838 to 1879. There is no charge for guided tours of the house and its collection.
Summertime hours are Sundays, 2:00-5:00 and Wednesday afternoons, 1:00-4:00. Group visits are by appointment. Please call the office (216) 221-7343 to arrange.
VISIT LAKEWOOD'S OLDEST STONE HOUSE MUSEUM
Invite friends who've never seen the house, and come along with them!
The Sale on the Grounds Moved to June
And it was wonderfully received by all!
Many, many thanks to Paula Reed and all her talented and tireless volunteers for another tremendous sale, this year.
Lakewood Continues to Contemplate the Future of a City Landmark, The Curtis Block Building
Call your Councilperson!
As always, thank you for your support. It makes all the difference.
When you have a minute also take a look at the article Hilary Schickler wrote for the Lakewood Observer when the Curtis Block was in the process of landmark designation almost eight years ago: http://lakewoodobserver.com/read/2015/04/14/historic-designation-sought-for-curtis-block. It's a well written summary that will refresh your memory about the preservation we've worked long and hard to sustain, and it's a great introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the building and its historic importance.
71st Annual Meeting Held at the New Cove Community Center
The 2023-24 Board of Trustees elected at the Annual Meeting are Mark Stockman, President, Norine Prim, First Vice President, Jim Robinson, Second Vice President, Ann Schleckman, Secretary, Kris Adams, Treasurer, and Linda Barbero, Randy Bishop, Tish Marshall, Matt McIntire, Carol Rossen, Julie Warren as Trustees, John Pyke as Honorary Trustee, and Kathy Haber as President of the Women's Board.
Hearty thanks and congratulations to all!
A new President's Award was introduced and presented to Greg Sent and Karen Walsh for their truly extraordinary contributions in mounting our Anniversary Exhibit with many marvelous items from the collection that most of us would never otherwise see! The extensive research and the masterful assembly and presentation of the exhibit was both and immensely pleasure to view, and also something for us to be remarkably proud of as a small historical society.
Exhibits of this kind are at the very core of our charter as an organization. This was a marvelous tribute to the wonderful founding women who put that charter together, and it's an assuring sign that the organization they founded will continue in their spirit for a long time to come.
Last Fall's 70th Anniversary Exhibit was Amazing!
"We go to museums all over the country, including historic homes managed by the National Park Service and these displays are better than what they have!"
“A Peek into the Past”
Call for current opening schedules of our buildings.
Our buildings have officially reopened. Feel free to call the office at (216) 221-7343 as we continue to update schedules over the coming weeks. The office is staffed Monday -Friday.
The Haber Family Center for History
Since the Haber Family Center for History opened as the Society's headquarters only a few years ago we have been able to serve researchers, students, family historians, and curious community passers by. Our collection is settling in to its new space with more complete and accessible cataloging and storage. We're continually grateful for the help of volunteers.
New National Historic Districts in Lakewood!
Thank you to the Ohio CARES Act from the Ohio Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts for your support.
Thank you to the Ohio History Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grant from the Ohio History Connection.
Thank you to the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Ohio CARES Act Grant for your support.
Read More About the Curtis Block Discussions - Click to Expand
On November 24, 2020 Lakewood City Council began a discussion about the current status and future of the Curtis Block building located at the corner of Detroit and Marlowe Avenues. In 2015 the City designated the Curtis Block as historic under City of Lakewood Ordinance Chapter 1134 ,you can read the designation HERE. When the City took possession of the former Lakewood Hospital site in 2016 the Curtis Block was included in that transfer. At that time an assessment was done of the property. In the subsequent four years there has been dramatic deterioration due to unaddressed roof and foundation issues that were exacerbated by the demolition of the hospital.
While the assessment presented to Council was a drudgery of images and descriptions of deterioration and failures with large dollar amounts tied to them, this is only one assessment of a very complicated issue. One that had a large range when discussing potential costs. When the City took possession of the property there was an opportunity to mitigate some of these issues but with the project tied to the hospital site development many of those manageable issues have spun into larger crises. Hope is not lost. Intervention now can revitalize this Lakewood treasure and sustainably reuse the property.
On Monday, December 7, 2020 Council will again discuss the condition of the Curtis Block and what they will be doing as the owners of this neglected property. We encourage all concerned residents to contact their council person to voice their wish for the City to stabilize and revitalize this Lakewood Landmark. Those that would like to express themselves in person at the meeting should contact council to be added to the meeting credentials. Contact City Council through their site HERE.