Cleveland History Center
Cleveland used to belong to Connecticut before Ohio became a state in 1803. Eventually Connecticut sold more than 3 million acres of land, the Western Reserve, to the Connecticut Land Company, which then resold it to a group of land-hungry settlers.
Moses Cleaveland, a company surveyor, arrived in the Western Reserve in 1796. After dropping the "a" in his last name just to fit onto the header of a newspaper, Cleveland, Ohio was born.
The Western Reserve Historical Society tells stories like this and other Cleveland stories through maps, furniture, clothes, art, photos, business records, letters and more. The museum itself is historical, partially housed in two mansions from the early 1900s.
The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection, which is made up of over 140 historic vehicles, is the centerpiece to two automotive exhibits, Setting the World in Motion and REVolution. Each exhibit explores the technological change in the transportation industry through planes, trains, automobiles and more.
A costume collection showcases approximately 40,000 garments, accessories and domestic textiles from the 18th century to the present, including couture and one-of-a-kind creations.
A restored carousel, which entertained visitors for decades at the long-ago Euclid Beach amusement park, is scheduled to open in a new pavilion in late 2014.
Ask to see the oil painting of Public Square, located in the center of downtown Cleveland, before leaving. It's eye-opening to compare the dirt roads and horses of yesteryear to today's landscape.