The Lakewood Historical Society



We're excited to offer a fascinating and beautiful collection of miniature everything, at the Nicholson House

Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 1:00 - 4:00

September 11th - 12th, 18th - 19th, and 25th - 26th,

and October 2nd - 3rd

Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (ages 3-12).

No strollers are permitted.

For more information, or 216-221-7343.

The amount of detail and beauty are only surpassed by the creative imagining of a miniature world into which you'll feel yourself immediately drawn, and where you'll find yourself charmed and irresistibly engaged.

It's a rare exhibit of things made for children that's been assembled for both children and adults to enjoy thoroughly. There are antique room boxes, newly built and very elaborate doll houses and castles, and everything in between in the lasting and wonderful world of miniatures!

From Jim Robinson, Board President

What a beautiful September! And what a great way to begin late summer, with the Small Wonders show! It’s an extraordinary exhibit that we're proud and delighted to present. Exhibits of miniatures on this scale - more than sixty houses, castles, and room boxes are rare, especially with miniatures of this caliber and interest. We're eager to share the exhibit with all of you, the Society's friends, and very much encourage you to share it with everyone you know. Many of the exhibits, both antique and new, are from Lakewood. It's taken a full year of planning and work to bring all of that together. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Greg Sent, Julie Warren and their wonderful committee for such a fascinating and beautiful view into miniature everything. You really will be charmed, delighted and amazed by the show – and so will everyone you invite.

On the same day of the Exhibit's opening, we'll be at Madison Park for the Lakewood Community Festival from 11-5. It's a wonderful yearly opportunity for us to be in Birdtown for the day. Please stop by the Society's table!

And in just a few weeks we'll be having our Fall Sale which, this year, will include our Preservation Committee's Salvage Sale, all at the Haber Center, 13314 Detroit. Drop off for the Fall Sale will be September 18th, 10 AM – 2 PM, at the Haber Center, and the sale will be October 7th, 8th & 9th, 9 AM – 2 PM. Thanks to Heidi Murray's dedication and her ongoing hard work and organization, there's going to be a wonderfully varied array of things for very fun and rewarding shopping! And it this sale there will also be an extensive selection of salvaged doors, French doors, windows and hardware as well.

Enjoy the last weeks of summer, and we'll look forward to seeing you at Small Wonders!


Fall Sale, including Preservation Salvage Sale:

o Drop off: September 18th, 10 AM – 2 PM

o Sale: October 7th, 8th & 9th, 9 AM – 2 PM, at the Haber Center


Open for tours:

Sundays, September 19 & 26, and October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM,

Wednesdays, September 15, 22 & 29, and October 6 , 13, 20 & 27, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Our 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.

Current COVID safety recommendations are observed.

Call for the reopening schedules,

Lakewood Historical Society 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.

A "Home of Our Own" Capital Campaign Reaching for the Finish Line!

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 secure, dry, and flexible space with more complete and accessible cataloging and storage. We've been very grateful for the help of volunteers and interns as well as our Curator.

As well as everything has gone we still need your help to permanently securing this very special archival space for the future. It's your help that will take us across the finish line in our Capital Campaign. It will ensure that the Lakewood Historical Society and the Haber Center will continue to care for Lakewood's history for generations to come.

Two New National Historic Districts in Lakewood!

Clifton Park South National Historic District

Lakewood Downtown National Historic District

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.

Council Contemplates Future of City Landmark Curtis Block Building

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.

Nice to be at home? We think so too.

Check out our "History at Home" page. We have activities and tidbits for all of our history lovers that are "staying home," particularly our students as well as he whole family.

Featured Pages

Lakewood Historical Society celebrates our 100 year and older housing stock with this program.

Look forward to a renewed and marvelous Ohio Heritage Summer Camp next summer!

For now you'll find some great at-home instructions for some of our favorite camp activities.

Visit our new online marketplace for all those can't miss Lakewood items.