Archive | Oral History

We have collected over 900 interviews since starting out in 2002. Students, faculty, public school teachers and researchers from throughout Northeast Ohio have contributed to this undertaking, which has grown to encompass several specialized projects.

The full interviews will be published in the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Learn more about participating in the project by reading the Interviewee FAQ.

Gardens Site continues to generate interest

Today, I received a notice that in its City Guide to Cleveland, the webzine, “VenusZine: Emerging Creativity” pointed to a number of sites around town, in its VZ City Guides: Cleveland Ohio,  including the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and our site about the Gardens, CulturalGardens.Org. This email made me wonder who else has linked to the […]

Featured Audio: Lancer Steakhouse

Originally called the Hickory Smokehouse, the Lancer Steakhouse was established by Fleet Slaughter in the mid 1950s, becoming one the first restaurant’s in Cleveland owned and operated by an African American.  George Dixon III, current proprietor of the Lancer, shares his thoughts on the restaurant and the Midtown Corridor in this 2007 interview. (more…)

Each in Their Own Voice: African American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005

Each in Their Own Voice: African American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005. This exhibit is a joint project of the Cleveland Artists Foundation and The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University, in collaboration with the CSU History Department. The exhibit opens January 23rd, 2009. The first generations of African American artists who were active in the […]

New Round of Cultural Gardens Interviews

On February 20th, the staff of the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities carried out the latest round of interviews with delegates from the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation. Lel Somogyi of the Hungarian Garden posted the full interview in which he participated.  It can be viewed at the Hungarian Cultural Garden website. For more […]

Each in their Own Voice: Artists Reception and Film Screening

The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University today hosts the opening reception, gallery talk, and film screenings for their latest exhibit, Each in their Own Voice: African-American Artists in Cleveland, 1970-2005.  The exhibit, featuring oral histories collected by the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities, runs through March 7th, 2009.  (more…)

Featured Audio: My Home Town

Today, we bring you our first featured audio clip, from Cleveland artist Michelangelo Lovelace.  Lovelace is a lifelong Clevelander who grew up on the city’s east side.  He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art for a period of time and was mentored by the late artist, Reverend Albert Wagner.  Michelangelo’s art reflects on poverty and […]

Shaker Lakes Oral Histories Online

The interviews we conducted for the Shaker Lakes Nature Center are now online at OhioLink’s Digital Resource Commons developer site.  It is the first complete series we have published from the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection, and our first foray into OhioLink’s latest digital repository for higher education institutions.  Although the the layout is not […]

Euclid Corridor is Live!

The Euclid Corridor kiosk is now live! To view it online, visit: The corridor has been divided into seven zones: Lower Euclid, Playhouse Square, CSU/Quadrangle, Midtown, Fairfax, University Circle, and East Cleveland.  In each zone you will find information about historic sites and themes in the form of textual descriptions, archival images, and oral […]