Baseball Field Trip

The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn is planning a Baseball Field Trip to League Park and Classic Park, on July 8, 2017. A handicap accessible bus will pick us up in the parking lot of Pearl Road United Methodist Church off Memphis at 2:00 p.m. We will then travel to League Park on Lexington Avenue for a guided tour. Then take the bus again to Classic Park to enjoy an all-you-can eat buffet dinner before the 7:00 p.m. game featuring the Lake County Captains vs. the West Michigan White Caps (Tigers). The evening will end with fireworks, then a bus ride back to Pearl Road United Methodist Church. The entire package will cost $35.00/person. For reservations, please call Constance Ewazen at the museum (216)337-8200.

Pot Luck Picnic

The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn is planning a Pot Luck Picnic on July 14, 2017, at Brooklyn Memorial Park, 7619 Memphis Avenue; Brooklyn, Ohio, in the Grande Pavilion; from 5 - 8 p.m. Please bring your place setting and a dish to share. The Historical Socierty will provide refreshments. Entertainment will be provided by "Gilligan" Garza, who will present a magic show. For more information, please call Constance Ewazen, at the museum (216)337-8200.


2nd Friday of September, November, January, March, and May.

7 p.m. (except for November, which is a potluck/show 'n' tell at 6 p.m.)

Pearl Road United Methodist Church, 4200 Pearl Road (rear entrance) (parking lot behind church, across Memphis Avenue from CVS)

Membership: $5 yearly; guests are welcome.


May 12, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Judith G. Cetina, Ph.D., Cuyahoga County Archives. Topic: researching your home's history

March 10, 2017
Speaker: Radhika Reddy, MBA, MA-Tax, partner in Ariel Ventures, LLC, the group of businesswomen responsible for Ariel Pearl Center, the redeveloped bank building at Pearl and Broadview Rds. See Pearl St. Bank in the Gallery.

Members were invited to the Grand Opening
MARCH 14, 2017

Ariel Pearl CenterAriel Pearl Center


January 13, 2017
Special Anniversary Open House at the Museum
Magic Show at the Anniversary Openn House

November 11, 2016
Pot Luck Dinner / Show 'n' Tell

September 9, 2016    DOWNLOAD FLYER
8 First Ladies of Ohio Presidents

May 13, 2016
Gilligan the Magician DOWNLOAD FLYER
Gilligan the Magician performed magic and told history of a magician buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Book cover March 11, 2016
Alan F. Dutka, “Misfortune on Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row,” from his book with the same title.

January 8, 2016
Tom Strong, Medical Lecturer, The History of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines,” focusing on the WWI period.

November 13, 2015 >>Note program date change<<
Doug Kusak presents the Great Lakes Exposition 1936–1937. The biggest party Cleveland has ever seen was held on a lakefront garbage dump! Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak takes an irreverent look at how trashy things got above ground, and how great it was for the city of Cleveland. History and gossip abound.

September 11, 2015 >>Note program date change<<
Annual Pot Luck/Show-N-Tell

May 8, 2015
Historian, Judy McKeegan, from Cleveland Metroparks on the history of the Zoo.

March 13, 2015
Daniel Smith owner of Familyography.

January 10, 2015
Kathryn Gasior Wilmer, author of Old Brooklyn: a historic narrative and projection for the 1980's (1979) and Old Brooklyn new, book II : a portrait of Old Brooklyn (1981).

November 14, 2014
Pot Luck Dinner / Show 'n' Tell

September 12, 2014
John Rakauskas, "Old Brooklyn Architect," projects in the neighborhood.

May 9, 2014
Jim Busch, Busch Funeral Homes. shares an impressive collection of images from our past.

March 14, 2014
Mary Fallon, antique shop owner, with family's life in Ireland and America.

January 10, 2014
Greg Cznadel & Patti Hjort, dressed in period costume, spoke about Victorian funeral customs.

November 8, 2013
Dinner and talk regarding the Cleveland Männerchor hall, 4515 State Road.
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May 10, 2013
Renee Heinle Close, Marketing Director, The Sausage Shoppe, 4501 Memphis Ave.
"The Sausage Shoppe family business"

March 8, 2013
June Hartzell
"The Hinckley Family" (listen to presentation)

Mike Loizos with an early map of the Pearl Road business districtJanuary 11, 2013
HSOB member & former Glenn Restaurant owner Michael Loizos
"The first businesses of Old Brooklyn"

September 14, 2012
John Jenkins, chair of the Ben Franklin Community Garden Committee and Old Brooklyn CDC Greenspace Committee: "History of the Ben Franklin Gardens"

Past Events -

Book Release

October 12, 2014, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, 2339 Broadview Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109.

Arcadia Book Cover
Old Brooklyn. Author: Historical Society Of Old Brooklyn. Publisher: [S.l.] : Arcadia Pub, 2014; Images of America series. 128 pages, 200 b&w images. ISBN: 9781467111928.
Vintage images capture slices of our neighborhood history and celebrate the people, places, and events that define our community.

Civil War 150th anniversary commemoration

Ohio Historical Society Ohio Civil War 150 logoAttendees were immersed in the 19th century on May 12, 2012 at the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn's exciting Civil War 150th anniversary event! They met President Abraham Lincoln and his wife (reenacted by Mr. & Mrs. John W. King), listened to Civil War period music, and viewed Civil War-era quilts and other historical displays while enjoying Civil War-era food. After the playing of Taps by John Young, they learned the story of Taps and its legends, told by Ken Groner. Each attendee received a commemorative booklet with a Civil War timeline, selected books and movies about the War, recipes and more!

See Projects for more information on past and present events.