WPHS ~ May 24, 2016 Event features: The Great Lakes Exposition

The West Park Historical Society welcomes Rebecca McFarland.


“The Great Lakes Expo: 1936”
By Historian Rebecca McFarland

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Cretan Party Center
3853 West 168th Street (South, off Lorain Ave.)
Cleveland, OH 44111
(Parking next to the building or across the street behind Walgreens)

Light refreshments served

Great Lakes Expo

The world-class exposition was similar to a World’s Fair. It took over 4000 men to build the Exposition, planned for only 3 months with a cost of over $1 million. More than 11 million people came to see the spectacle on the lake!

About our speaker: Rebecca McFarland spent her entire library career delving into some of the more interesting stories from Cleveland’s past. She is currently a marketing consultant and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Police Museum and the North East Inter Museum Council.

Questions? Contact- Julieanne Phillips, juphilli@hotmail.com

Our programs are funded, in part, by a grant from Neighborhood Connections, an affiliate of The Cleveland Foundation

TRUE GRIT ~ The Story of Berea Sandstone and its Place in History

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Please join us on Tuesday November 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm for a new presentation  by Ralph A. Pfingsten

Ralph’s presentation, TRUE GRIT will tell the story of Berea Sandstone and its place in history.

All are welcome to this free event.


Our 2016 Calendars will be available for purchase along with all of our numerous publications.  With Christmas just a mere month away, this is a perfect opportunity to stock up on some Christmas gifts!


Cretan party Center

3853 West 168th Street

Parking available in the lot off Albers Ave, behind Walgreens.


West Park History ~ Coloring/Activity Book

WPHS Logo+Banner_webmeg colwell with coloring bookMeg Colwell, Principal of Puritas Community Elementary School, holds a copy of “Historic West Park” a coloring/activity book.  These books were donated at the start of the school year to one grade in every West Park elementary school.

The books feature word games and sketches of various historic West Park places and buildings suitable for coloring.

Each recipient was encouraged to learn the history of their own family through family photo albums and discussions with their parents and grandparents.

It is our hope that we’ve stimulated some youngsters to embrace a love of history, starting with the very neighborhood where they attend school.

This project was funded by a grant from Neighborhood Connections, an affiliate of the Cleveland Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.