When Oliver Seikel was five years old, his newly widowed mother moved to Cleveland for work. He occasionally went to the Cleveland Museum of Art and Severance Hall growing up, but he summered with his grandparents and attended boarding schools. However, Seikel does note the different businesses that came and went from places like the Elysium, mentions the art museum's lagoon, and going to breakfast at Wade Park Manor. He continued his education at a string of institutions including MIT. When he returned to Cleveland his visits to the University Circle Area became more frequent. Later in life he explored more of the cultural and art institutions that comprise University Circle.
Seikel, Oliver (interviewee)
Gibans, Nina (interviewer); Souther, Mark (interviewer)
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"Oliver Seikel interview, 12 August 2011" (2011). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 913007.