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Cleveland History Days event modified for social distancing

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 10:56:24-04

CLEVELAND — The 3rd annual Cleveland History Days kicks off Thursday, June 25 and runs through July 4.

Organized by Canalway Partners, it's a chance to experience, explore, and celebrate Cleveland’s rich history. However, the event is a little different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Typically, Cleveland History Days is made up of a variety of festivals and guided tours, but they couldn’t do that this year with social distancing requirements. Now it's a mix of in-person, virtual, and self-guided activities.

The goal is to get people to learn more about and engage with Cleveland's cultural heritage.

Canalway Partners says Cleveland’s growth as a major American city was influenced by the many immigrant groups that settled here.

Self-guided tours around Lincoln Park in Tremont shows many of the churches and other buildings built for and by those immigrants. There are also self-guided tours scheduled in the Flats, Playhouse Square, and Asiatown, as well as conversations about the history of Cleveland's LGBTQ+ community and Millionaires' Row.

“It offers an opportunity to safely get outside. We don't have a lot of planned events right now. I think a lot of people are really missing all the festivals and, and appointments, you know, appointment viewing, reasons to to go outside with some structure. And I think it's an opportunity to explore a perspective perhaps who didn't have and to engage on a level that you hadn't,” Canalway Partners Executive Director Mera Cardenas said.

The event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with a Facebook Live discussion about the history of the Cozad Bates house in University Circle. A full list of activities can be found here.

Jade Jarvis is a reporter at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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