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.




The new Ohio Historical Marker dedicated to the Puritas Springs Park has been unveiled!

WPHS Logo+Banner_webThe West Park Historical Society proudly announces the dedication of the new Puritas Springs Park ~ Ohio Historical Marker!

marker unveiling 1A large gathering assembled under the shade trees at the Parkridge Apartments on the corner of Puritas and W. 194th  just a few steps away from the new Puritas Springs Park ~ Ohio Historical Marker.



Pictured, left to right:

Mark Sundlov, local history office manager of the Ohio History Connection; Christine Rafalke, Elaine Staley and Ellie Mapson, the three West Park Historical Society Trustees who were instrumental in bringing this distinctive addition to West Park.

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In 1915, John E. Gooding  purchased then developed the former picnic grounds into the amusement park that so many fondly recall.  Shown above are members of the Gooding family who were with us to help celebrate!

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Thank you to all who shared the day with us! We look forward to meeting you all again at another West Park Historical Society event.