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Monthly Preservation News & Events Calendar
Welcome to a new, streamlined and mobile-friendly version of our email newsletter. This is CRS's reliable and up-to-the-minute preservation news and events, now in a format that works for you and your busy life. 
Issue 8 Ad
Issue 8 on Cuyahoga County Ballot

Our Arts & Culture sector is a cornerstone of Cuyahoga County. It supports thousands of jobs, attracts millions of visitors, contributes hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy every year, enhances education, and instills pride in our residents. The Arts & Culture Levy, approved by voters in 2006, has been one of the most successful public initiatives in our region's history:
  • $15 million+ invested annually into our Arts & Culture sector;
  • Over 1.4 million annual education experiences for kids;
  • Over 1,000 competitive grants totaling more than $125 million awarded to more than 300 arts, cultural, educational, and community organizations, working in more than 2,300 locations across Cuyahoga County (including support of the work of the Cleveland Restoration Society).
Issue 8, on the ballot this November 3rd, will renew the Arts & Culture Levy. Voting for Issue 8 won't raise taxes or increase prices; it will continue the current tax on cigarettes and provide critical support for the Arts & Culture sector for another ten years. We all benefit from the public support provided by the levy, and we must continue our support. Please vote for Issue 8.

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Larchmere commercial building
Larchmere District Achieves National Register Status

The Larchmere neighborhood in Cleveland and Shaker Heights is now registered by the National Park Service as the Woodland-Larchmere Commercial Historic District. The designation is the result of over five years of work in which sixty-seven structures were identified as contributing to the historic identity of Larchmere as a commercial corridor. Business owners and community development officials are looking forward to further transformations and rehabilitation of the commercial district with possible state and federal historic tax credits available from their new designation. Photo by Michael Fleenor.
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Are You a Young Preservationist?

Young Ohio Preservationists (YOP) is a growing organization started earlier this year by Heritage Ohio for people under 40 who are interested in preservation and Ohio history. The group coordinates hands-on preservation workshops, field trips, networking, and more. Becoming involved with YOP helps to ensure the next generation of building huggers has a statewide voice to advocate and inform others about the exciting projects occurring in Ohio and the structures that still need to be saved.

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October is Archives Month

October in Ohio is Archives Month. For 2015, the Society of Ohio Archivists and the Ohio History Connection, the sponsors of Archives Month, are emphasizing STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and the accomplishments of Ohioans in these areas.

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Architect Needed on North Olmsted Landmarks Commission

The North Olmsted Planning & Development Department is accepting statements of interest from architects interested in serving on the North Olmsted Landmarks Commission. The commission directs historic preservation and education activities throughout the city. Nominees should be an architect living in the City of North Olmsted with skill or interest in historic preservation. The Landmark Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of every month.

Contact Kim Wenger for more information or to apply.

Where's Benedict?

Daylight is getting shorter, the temperature is getting cooler, and Benedict has found a new, albeit temporary, place to rest his feathers. At least we presume this is Benedict...If you are the tenth reader to respond and correctly tell us, "Where's Benedict?" in this photo, you'll win a complimentary twelve-month membership to the Cleveland Restoration Society!

Send in your guess right now! 

Take a Hike
Downtown Tours Extended Through Remainder of 2015

The award-winning Take a Hike program has been extended by popular demand! From October 3 through December 12, 2015, a tour of historic Euclid Avenue will be offered each Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The tour will combine portions of the summer Gateway District and Playhouse Square tours. Tour attendees will learn about historic dime stores, The Arcade, The 9, renowned department stores, and the GE Chandelier during this 90-minute tour. Attendees should meet in the Arcade, 401 Euclid Avenue. Reservations are appreciated for planning purposes. Tours are free but donations are encouraged to help fund future tours.

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Lorain Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary

As part of the preparations for the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the dedication of Nativity B. V. M. Church in Lorain, a photographic presentation of the lives and works of the key individuals, involved in the construction of the church and how their talents came together to create this majestic House of God will be exhibited. This event, "People of Vision Create a Vision of Heaven," will take place in the church at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11. A reception will follow in the rectory basement, where historic artifacts will be on display. Nativity B. V. M. Church is located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 15th Street in Lorain. This event is free and open to all. Photo courtesy of Philip Bak.

Upson House
Shaker Heights to Celebrate 100-Year-Old Houses

The Shaker Historical Society invites owners of homes at least one hundred years old to a birthday party. Come talk about resources for Shaker Heights architecture and home restoration and share your own stories while you enjoy birthday cake and ice cream. The Century House Birthday Party will take place at the Shaker Historical Society, 16740 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights on October 15 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This event is free for Shaker Heights century home residents. The society is encouraging residents to submit photos of their houses so that they can be included in the program. If you are unsure of your house's construction date, consult or call the Shaker Historical Society.

Contact Ruth Zeager to RSVP or submit house photos.

Oberlin Heritage Center tour
Lorain County Preservation Showcase

All are invited to learn about recent and ongoing efforts to preserve Lorain County's local heritage when the Oberlin Heritage Center, in conjunction with the Lorain County Preservation Network, co-hosts the annual Lorain County Preservation Showcase on Saturday, October 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The county's historical societies and preservation organizations will offer mini displays in the community room of the Oberlin Public Library, 65 South Main Street, Oberlin, to spotlight their activities and projects. In addition, the Special Collections Department at Oberlin College Library, located on the 4th floor of Mudd Library, 148 West College Street, will be demonstrating how to make archival containers for books. The department's book repair area also will be open. The Oberlin Heritage Center will provide drop-in tours of the first floor of the 1866 Monroe House and a special display of recent acquisitions. Behind-the-scenes tours (approximately 20 minutes) of the museum's collections storage area will be available at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public. 

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Shaker Dig Camp
Shaker Program Highlights Archaeology

In celebration of Ohio Archaeology Month, the Shaker Historical Society is hosting a program to highlight recent discoveries from an archaeological dig in Shaker Heights this summer. The dig was a collaboration between the Shaker Historical Society, local archaeologists Beth Hoag and Dr. Ware Petznick, and Tri-C. To find out the results from the summer work, and learn the basics of archaeology for yourself, attend the historical society's program on October 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Ruth Zeager to RSVP.


October 1
"M.M. Brown's Mayfield Heights Allotment"
Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
7:00 p.m., reservations encouraged by calling 216-291-4878, FREE
Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
Cleveland Heights Historical Society
Heights Libraries
Cleveland State University Center for Public History + Digital Humanities

October 2 - January 2
Exhibit: "Our Art Theater: The Cleveland Play House and the Visual Arts, 1915 - 1922"
Opening Reception October 2, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
78th Street Studios, 1305 West 80th St., Cleveland
Cleveland Public Library
Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library
October 3
Tour of Nela Park
1975 Noble Rd., Cleveland
10:00 a.m., reservations encouraged by calling 216-291-4878, FREE
Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
Cleveland Heights Historical Society
Heights Libraries
Cleveland State University Center for Public History + Digital Humanities

October 4
Tour of Cleveland Civil War Connections
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Woodland Cemetery Foundation

October 4
"The Mathers: Brothers of a Different Mother"
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
3:00 p.m., reservations required to 216-921-1201 or
Shaker Historical Society
October 5 - 7
Annual Revitalization and Preservation Conference
Westin Columbus, Columbus
Heritage Ohio

October 6
Young Ohio Preservationists Happy Hour
During Heritage Ohio's Annual Revitalization and Preservation Conference
Yankee Trader Building, Denmark on High, Columbus
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Young Ohio Preservationists
October 7
"Cleveland Cultural Gardens"
Shaker Heights Public Library, Main Branch, 16500 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights
7:00 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann by 10/2, FREE
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

October 10
SNOOP! of Fairmont Creamery and Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream Ohio City Kitchen & Shop
10:00 a.m. - Noon, registration required , FREE for members
Cleveland Restoration Society

October 10
App-enhanced Coventry Village Walking Tour
Meet at Coventry arch outside Coventry Library
10:00 - 11:45 a.m., reservations required by calling 216-291-4878, FREE
Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission
Cleveland Heights Historical Society
Heights Libraries
Cleveland State University Center for Public History + Digital Humanities

October 11 - 25
Medina Restaurant Week
Main Street Medina

October 11
Bike Shaker: "Why All the Red Brick in Shaker?"
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
2:00 p.m., reservations required to 216-921-1201, $
Shaker Historical Society
October 11
"People of Vision Create a Vision of Heaven"
Nativity B.V.M. Church, Lexington Ave. and 15th St., Lorain
3:00 p.m., FREE
Nativity B.V.M. Church
October 14
Webinar: "Ohio's Capital Appropriation Process"
11:00 a.m. - Noon, registration required , FREE for members
Heritage Ohio

October 15
Knowing Your Home Workshop: Drainage
University of Akron Lakewood, 1415 Warren Rd., Lakewood
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., registration online, FREE

October 15
Century House Birthday Party
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., reservations required to 216-921-1201 or
Shaker Historical Society
October 17
Lorain County Preservation Showcase
Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main St., Oberlin
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., FREE
Lorain County Preservation Network
Oberlin Heritage Center

October 20
Brownfield Workshop: "Local, State and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties"
308 N. Main St., Piqua
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., registration required, FREE
Ohio EPA - Division of Environmental Response of Revitalization

October 24
Tour of The Foundry High Performance Training Center
The Foundry, 1831 Columbus Rd., Cleveland
1:30 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann by 10/19, FREE
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

November 3 - 6
2015 National Preservation Conference: Past Forward
Washington, DC, registration required , $$$
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Save the Date

November 15
Tour of Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
1:30 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann by 11/9, FREE
Western Reserve Architectural Historians

Kerri Broome, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |