Western Reserve Historical Society

March 19, 2017
Western Reserve Historical Society

Happy 150th, WRHS


The Western Reserve Historical Society has been telling Northeast Ohio's story for 150 years. As it celebrates this milestone, it's highlighting two major exhibits at the Cleveland History Center: WOW Factor: 150 Years of Bold Clothes, and Cleveland Starts Here. Bring your group tour to this phenomenal representation of historical preservation and education.

WOW Factor: 150 Years of Bold Clothes
This exhibit and opening event in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing highlights the ways that Clevelanders use fashion to stand out in a crowd with extraordinary items from WRHS’ nationally ranked Costume and Textile Collection.

“Wow Factor” is clothing’s ability to inspire feelings of wonder and awe. These emotions are triggered by beauty,
craftsmanship, rarity, and humor. Each garment speaks for itself and possesses a powerful presence. The exhibition features over 150 years of show-stopping clothing and accessories made by Cleveland designers as well as international designers such as Christian Dior, Carolina Herrera, and Coco Chanel.

It takes bold women to wear these clothes. The exhibition features Cleveland women who are immigrants, scholars, travelers, artists, designers, philanthropists, and CEOs. They are Jewish, Jordanian, Japanese, African American, and transgender. From Ada Watterson Yerkes, who broke conventions to pursue a PhD in botany before 1900, to Reena Samaan Goodwin, who makes her mark today as a PR maven and DJ, they are inspiring and relatable. The accompanying catalog will tell these stories, and bring each woman, and dress, to life.

Description from Western Reserve Historical Society.

Cleveland Starts Here
Presented by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, Cleveland Starts Here is an all-new core Cleveland history exhibition and digital portal that celebrates the great pride that Northeast Ohioans have in our region. Cleveland Starts Here explores the stories of greater Cleveland and how this city on the lake shaped the American experience. Featuring innovative and extensive multi-media displays and interactivity, WRHS’s vast library and museum collections will be accessible to create a one-of-a-kind first stop that galvanizes the exploration and study of humanities onsite, online and in the community.

Cleveland Starts Here is a starting point for guests to the Cleveland History Center and from around the world to explore the history of Cleveland and discover through the lens of local stories how the people, neighborhoods, places, events and movements in our city and region shaped and continues to influence the American experience.

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