Cleveland's Ethnic Heritage

A pathfinder to Cleveland Memory web exhibits and eBooks that explore the ethnic influences that helped shape the history and development of Cleveland.


Web Exhibits

  • Black Trailblazers, Leaders, Activists, and Intellectuals in Cleveland
    Photographs of hundreds of individuals who made a significant contribution beyond their own personal and family lives to the history and development of Cleveland.
  • Cleveland Cultural Gardens Collection
    The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, extending along East Blvd. & Martin Luther King Blvd. in Cleveland's University Circle area, is a unique collection of landscaped, themed gardens each representing a different ethnic group/organization within Cleveland's diverse population.
  • Early Synagogues of Cleveland
    Includes the photographs used in Jeff Morris's documentation of Cleveland's Orthodox Jewish Community known as Haymarket to the Heights, along with other related photographs.
  • Ethnic Women of Cleveland
    In 1986, Dr. Jeanette Tuve of Cleveland State University conducted a series of interviews with 29 women of eastern European birth or heritage. Many of these conversations were with women who remembered World War II or the Great Depression. The project focused on their experiences building homes and communities in America while retaining their ethnic traditions.
  • German Americans of Cleveland
    Over 140 images from our Special Collections and links to a variety of resources from other institutions.
  • The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum
    The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum was established in 1975 to preserve the traditions and histories of Cleveland's ethnic communities. Although the museum closed in 1981, this digital collection seeks to highlight some of its artifacts, both created and collected through the efforts of the museum.
  • Hungarian Americans of Cleveland
    Cleveland's Hungarian community is the second largest Hungarian group in the world, second only to Budapest, Hungary. This site, a collection resources related to Hungarian-American history and culture, is a tribute to all the struggles, sacrifices and accomplishments of Hungarian-Americans.
  • Irish Americans of Cleveland
    Over 200 images from our Special Collections, along with other resources provide a glimpse into Irish American life in Cleveland in the past and today.
  • Lithuanian Americans of Cleveland
    Images, oral histories, and a pathfinder to off-site resources describing and documenting the vital and very active Lithuanian commmunity in Cleveland, past and present.
  • Polish Americans of Cleveland
    Over 100 images from our Special Collections and links to a variety of resources.