The Lakewood Historical Society


SUNDAY, July 18th


Open for tours:

Sundays, July 18 & 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM,

Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 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.

Sales and Fundraising

The 33rd Annual Sale on the Grounds was fun, beautiful, and rewarding to everyone who shopped.

It's left all of us looking forward to the next sale!

Keep an eye out for announcements of the Fall and Christmas Sales!

From Jim Robinson, Board President

Our Lakewood Oral Histories project is moving ahead at full speed, with students participating in H2O's summer program interviewing residents at EnnisCourt two days a week. Help 2 Others is helping the Historical Society's mission come to life in the cross-generational connection, talking, sharing and learning firsthand about history, right here in Lakewood. And it's also bringing a lot of joy and a real sense of friendship to everyone involved. Look forward to the podcast that will be created at the end of the project. It's our hope that it will be the first of many like it.

And it's a happy, rather exciting thing to announce that our buildings have reopened! Rentals are resuming at the Nicholson House. And the Small Wonders! Exhibit will be there at the end of the summer, showcasing an extraordinary array of miniature cottages to manor houses to castles.

The Old Stone House is resuming regular opening hours this weekend. Please bring friends to share and enjoy this fascinating view into life in Lakewood in the early and mid 19th Century. We can still use additional docents. Please call the office if you might enjoy spending several hours, two or three times a month, guiding tours through one of the most engaging historic collections in Northeast Ohio. We'd love to have you join us in doing that.

The public events coming up soon will be the Lakewood Arts Festival, August 7th, 10 AM -6 PM, at which we'll have a tent, and the Lakewood Community Festival in Madison Park, September 11, 11 AM - 5 PM. Please plan to stop by!

Enjoy summer, and be sure to come and visit us soon!


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.