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Old Brooklyn

Old Brooklyn has its roots in the original Brooklyn Township, organized in 1818. The first settlers came from Connecticut in 1812. Indian trails were the basis for what became Pearl, Broadview and Schaaf Roads. Brighton Village, centered around today’s Pearl-Broadview intersection, was incorporated for one year in 1838. As German farmers moved in, the community grew. Another incorporation in 1889 renamed the village South Brooklyn. Annexation to the City of Cleveland—desirable because of South Brooklyn’s light plant (1902)—occurred in stages, beginning in 1905 and continuing through 1927. Greenhouse gardening began on Schaaf Road in 1887 and in the mid 20th-century gave the area the title of “Greenhouse Capital of the United States.” Old Brooklyn is also home to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (1914).

Jim Ptacek signs ornaments 12/9

West Side Market ornamentJim Ptacek will have a "Signing of the Ornament Event" at the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn Museum, 3430 Memphis Avenue, Saturday, December 9, between noon and 5:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds are to support the museum. There are 9 ornaments to choose from: West Side Market (pictured), Terminal Tower, Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Veterans Memorial Bridge, Quicken Loans Arena, Old Arcade, Euclid Beach, Lighthouses (North Coast Lights), and Cleveland Football Stadium.

Old Brooklyn LayoutOld Brooklyn Collage by Jim Ptacek (these make wonderful gifts but you'll want your own too!)

The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn along with Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation have collaborated with photographer Jim Ptacek in creating an Old Brooklyn Collage. They are on sale for $20.00/ea. Jim Ptacek is a noted Cleveland artist, widely known for his sepia-toned images of local landmarks. We are pleased to offer this new print along with Jim Ptacek photos, note cards, magnets and lapel pins at the Museum/Store, 3430 Memphis Ave. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 12 noon till 5 p.m.


 
 

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Ariel Pearl CenterAriel Pearl Center

See Construction photos of the Pearl Street Bank (now redeveloped as Ariel Pearl Center)

1950s/1960s Photos Wanted

Do you have any photos of the Memphis-Fulton Shopping Center or the shopping district at Pearl and Broadview Roads??? The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn would love to make duplicates of them for our collection. We will return your original photos if you provide your name and full address. Thank you so much.

Also Wanted...

James Ford Rhodes High School yearbooks: 1972, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003 2005–present.

We're trying to identify the people in this photo, an organization they might have been members of, and the year the photo was taken.  If you have any information, please contact the Historical Society at 216-337-8200 or by email at info@oldbrooklynhistory.org. Thank you.
Unknown church group

Storefront of the museumWe have a new home!

We are located at 3430 Memphis Avenue (just west of Pearl Road) and are open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 12 Noon - 5 p.m.

We can always use a little help! Here's our wish list:
PVC free protector pages for photos
acid free folders
printer ink
digital projector
speaker microphone
computer paper
Quickbooks software
paper towels, tissue, toilet paper, soap
tape for dispenser
guest/register book
office supplies
shelves
folding chairs
volunteers to greet visitors
microphone

Brooklyn Union Burial Ground

Located on Broadview Road near Spring Road. The Historical Society maintains this historic burying ground. ... Learn more.

More to come...

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Membership is $5 yearly.

A note on the title: The typeface used in “The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn ” is called "Really Big Shoe NF," based on an offering from the Cleveland Type Foundry, originally named Oxford. It was produced by Nick’s Fonts, a small foundry that seeks to preserve typographic heritage. Cleveland Type Foundry was in business from 1875 to 1892 when they became part of the American Type Founders (ATF). See www.archive.org/details/ATF1893ClevelandSpecimen.