Here’s What the Original Main Library of Cleveland Public Library Looked Like before 1925


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​In 1924, when this photograph was taken, Main Library was located on the fifth and sixth floors of the Kinney & Levan Building on Euclid Avenue at East 14th Street. The building, built in 1913, was home to the Kinney & Levan Co., which was one of the largest home furnishings stores of its time; today it is occupied by the Idea Center at Playhouse…

Cleveland Public Library adds old Cinematheque calendars to its online Digital Gallery


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This article was written by John Ewing, Cinematheque Director at Cleveland Institute of Art, and republished with their permission. Did you ever wonder what films the Cinematheque showed before you started attending our screenings? If so, the answer is now only a few mouse clicks away. In September, the Cleveland Public Library added old Cinematheque calendars to its online Digital…

Charles Frederick Schweinfurth: Remembering a Giant in Cleveland Architecture 100 Years Later


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One hundred years ago today, Charles Frederick Schweinfurth, Cleveland’s premier architect, died at his home after a two-year battle with cancer.  A century later, several of his most important structures continue to be used and appreciated daily by the public.  Perhaps lesser known is that his legacy also lives on at Cleveland Public Library in the form of a world-class architecture collection…

Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor, World War II

Roll of Honor, 2 pages of signatures of World War II Veterans
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The Roll of Honor contains the names of Greater Cleveland men and women who served during World War II. In 1942, Cleveland Press Editor Louis B. Seltzer and Mayor Frank Lausche invited family and friends to register the names of their loved ones into four large volume sets. All branches of the U.S. military are represented. The book was dedicated on May…

Experiencing Renaissance Splendor


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Mascarade à l’éléphant (Elephant). Brusselstapestry, unidentified atelier, c. 1575. Wool, silk, gold, and silver, 387 χ 670 cm. Photo: Scala/Art Resource from JSTOR Cleveland Public Library is an excellent resource for those who enjoy keeping up with all that is happening in the wonderful galleries of Cleveland Museum of Art. Take advantage of books in the Fine Arts collection to…

Hamilton at Cleveland Public Library


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Oh, Alexander Hamilton When America sings for you Will they know what you overcame? Will they know you rewrote the game? The world will never be the same .. Source: Hamilton: An American Musical, lyrics from “Alexander Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda The Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical was performed in Cleveland from July 17 through August 26, 2018. Composer,…