Kiffany Francis and Caroline Bruno
The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum was established in 1975 to preserve the traditions and histories of Cleveland ethnic communities. Although the museum closed in 1981, it was able to capture and document the experiences of immigrants by recording and transcribing oral histories, taking pictures of festivals and traditions, recording the music and dances of ethnic communities, and by displaying exhibits at their downtown gallery at The Arcade. The museum grew out of a Bicentennial Heritage Committee which focused on recording individuals' narratives, and collecting and cataloging cultural objects.
This digital collection seeks to highlight the museum as well as some of its artifacts, both created and collected through the efforts of the museum.
This site is currently under construction with many exhibit features planned. Please feel free to browse through features currently available and come back often to see new additions!
If you have photographs or other historical items that you would like to donate or would allow us to scan as part of the Polish Americans of Cleveland web site, please contact Diane Kolosionek.
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.
Sponsored by the The Mareyjoyce Green Women's Center and the History Department and funded by the George Gund Foundation, the project focused on the women's experiences building homes and communities in America while retaining their ethnic traditions.
German Americans of Cleveland is third in a series of websites developed or planned by the Cleveland State University Library to explore the ethnic influence that helped shape the history and development of Cleveland.
German-Americans of Cleveland contains 273 images selected from the Special Collections Department of the Cleveland State University Library and others provided by outside institutions. Links to websites of contemporary German-American organizations and culture will help acquaint you with German-Americans today.
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, extending along East Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Cleveland's University Circle area, is a unique collection of landscaped, themed gardens each representing a different ethnic group/organization in Cleveland. The gardens, 23 in number, represent many of the cultural backgrounds of Cleveland's diverse population.
Carol T. Zsulya and Judit Gerencser
Hungarian Americans of Cleveland is one of a series of websites developed or planned by Cleveland State University Library to explore the ethnic influence that helped shape the history and development of Cleveland and the website is also supported by the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society. Cleveland is, and has been, a destination of immigrants from all over the world. The Hungarian community is one such ethnic group, resulting in the second largest Hungarian group in the world, second only to Budapest, Hungary. Currently, there are over 130,000 Hungarian-Americans in the Cleveland area.
Hungarian Self-culture ClubThis website is the result of the cooperation between Cleveland State University Library and the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Museum. The Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society's mission is to preserve Hungarian culture and the experience of Hungarians in Northeast Ohio, and to provide information to all Hungarians about their culture, history and literature. To carry out its mission, the Society operates a museum and a library as a Hungarian historical, cultural and artistic center which offers resources mainly in Hungarian and English languages about history, literature, tradition of Hungarians in Hungary and in the USA. But with the help Cleveland State University Library and the Cleveland Memory Website there is now an opportunity to provide information about the Hungarians through Internet to all the world. This website is a link between the Museum’s collection and other existing resources at the Library which are related to Hungarian-American history and culture.
This Hungarian-Americans of Cleveland website is a tribute to all the struggles, sacrifices and accomplishments of the Hungarian-Americans.
Lynn M. Duchez Bycko
Irish Americans of Cleveland is one of a series of websites developed or planned by Cleveland State University Library to explore the ethnic influence that helped shape the history and development of Cleveland.
Irish Americans of Cleveland contains over 200 images selected from the Special Collections Department at Cleveland State University Library. We've also provided a sketch of Irish American life with excerpts from The Irish Americans and Their Communities of Cleveland by Nelson J. Callahan and William F. Hickey. Links to websites of contemporary Irish American organizations and culture will help acquaint you with Irish Americans today. And finally, to help you grab a piece of the past, we've selected artifacts found in an archaeological dig at the "Angle", or the old Irishtown Bend neighborhood.