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Western Reserve Historical Society goes virtual with exhibits exploring Cleveland's history

Posted at 2:05 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 14:05:13-05

CLEVELAND — If you're looking for things to do while the kids are home for Thanksgiving break, why not take a dive into Cleveland's history? Now, despite being socially distant, history is still at your fingertips.

Like everything else in 2020, the Western Reserve Historical Society is going virtual.

So despite closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you're still able to explore and experience Cleveland history through the comfort of your own home.

Check it out here.

There are five virtual exhibits, including: “Celebrating Those who Give Black,” which tells the history of African-American charities and philanthropy in Cleveland, and “Women in Politics,” which tells the story of women's empowerment and the fight for their right to vote.

The goal is to use the unique history of Cleveland to give people a sense of place and purpose in their day-to-day lives.

"I mean it really is the most quintessential melting pot,” said Sarah Brosious, the Cleveland History Center marketing manager. “From infrastructure to entrepreneurship to immigration and cultural diversity, the biggest takeaway we want people to have is that everyone has a story here and will continue to have a story and a voice in Cleveland.”

Some of these exhibits are free. Others you do have to pay for — it doesn't expire, so you'll get a link that has stories, videos, interviews and much more content that you can take your time and sift through.

They've also got a then-and-now blog comparing moments in Cleveland's history to today.

It's all available on the historical society's website right now.