The Lakewood Historical Society

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard making nearly 500 wreaths, and to all of our patrons for a wonderful Holiday Wreath Sale!

Next up....

The Christmas Sale

At the Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit Avenue

  • Friday December 3 9am-3pm

  • Saturday December 4 9am-3pm

  • Sunday December 5 Noon- 3pm ½ price excluding Antique room

And then....

Holiday Photos at the Oldest Stone House!

TIME SLOTS ARE FILLING FAST! Preserve your Holiday memories with a mini portrait session with a professional photographer at Lakewood's Oldest Stone House, 14710 Lake Avenue, December 4th & 5th, 10AM-3PM.

Just $35 for a 30 minute session and several digital portraits to print, share or send to your chosen card printing service. Click this link to make your reservation:

From Jim Robinson, Board President

A beautiful fall, a wonderful Thanksgiving, and now more holiday events!

We've just finished one of our most successful Womens' Board Wreath Sales ever, selling out almost exactly 500 wreaths, beautifully hand decorated by a wonderful team of volunteers under Kathy Haber's dedicated leadership. Sincere thanks to everyone!

Next up are two marvelous kick-offs for the holiday season...

The Christmas Sale, at the Nicholson House! December 3rd - 5th. Many, many wonderful holiday decorations as well as lots of treasures for home, entertaining and great holiday gifts.

And something new: Family photos taken by a professional photographer in front of the fireplace in the Oldest Stone House Museum, Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th, by appointment. You'll find the link for reserving a time, right above.

Have a wonderful start of December!



Closed for a few weeks for fall/winter cleaning. Reopening shortly, better than ever!

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 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.

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.

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Lakewood Historical Society recognizes all homes 100 years and older housing stock with this wonderful celebration program!

Look forward to a whole new Ohio Heritage Summer Camp next summer!

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