Discover city’s surprising history
by Special to the Banner
Oct 23, 2013 | 567 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the end of the Civil War, Cleveland underwent an explosive growth of infrastructure and culture that would last into the early decades of the next century.

At the Museum Center of Five Points’ “Building Cleveland Up” exhibit, visitors will uncover the surprising and fascinating history of this growth from 1880-1930.

“Building Cleveland Up” is sponsored by Landmark Insurance Group and Bank of Cleveland, and is scheduled to run from Oct. 25 through Jan. 4, 2014.

Admission is free for members, with regular admission for non-members.

The members-only opening reception will be held Thursday at 6 p.m., and will include light refreshments, live entertainment, and a presentation by Curator of Collections Lisa Chastain.

“Visitors may be amazed to learn that the city of Cleveland was dissolved in 1880, and had to rebuild ... from the ground up, when it was reincorporated in 1882,” said Chastain.

“How did Cleveland lose its charter?”

“How did it reinvent itself two years later?”

“How did local businesses and cultural institutions play a role in this reinvention?”

These are some of the fascinating question being asked — and answered — in this exhibit.”

“We are thankful to once again partner with Bank of Cleveland, and are also very grateful to Landmark for their support of this exhibit,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar.

Featured artifacts will include posters and seating from the Princess Theater, and a working harness stitcher from W.C. Gannaway and Son Hardware Store.

The Museum Center tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation.

The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsmen, and authors from within a 200-mile radius.

Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available.

For more information, call 339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.