2nd Friday of September, November, January, March, and May.

7 p.m. (except for November, which is a potluck/show 'n' tell at 6 p.m.)

Pearl Road United Methodist Church, 4200 Pearl Road (rear entrance) (parking lot behind church, across Memphis Avenue from CVS)

Guests are always welcome!


$10 yearly. Join us!

Programs and Events

Friday, March 12, 2021
7:00 p.m. via zoom

The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn, in collaboration with the Baseball Heritage Muesum, will present "The first half-century of Cleveland Indians Baseball". by Scott Longert.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. By clicking on this link you will receive the invitation to log-on when the meeting starts.
For questions, contact the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn at 216-337-8200 between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. for assistance.

Past Programs and Events

November 13, 2020 POSTPONED to January 8, 2021
via ZOOM.
Our “Show-N-Tell” meeting.

September 11, 2020 via ZOOM
Larry Theurer presented "Beginning Backyard Bee Keeping" (with history of honey bees).

May 8, 2020 Cancelled
Regular meeting. Program: Program: Paul Siedel, representing the Woodland Cemetery Foundation, presents "A Tour of the Civil War Sites of Cleveland." Mr. Siedel, a graduate in Education from the University of Akron, is a semi-retired teacher and Civil War buff. A member of three area Civil War Round Tables, he devotes time to researching the Civil War period. Woodland Cemetery has some of the oldest Civil War monuments in the country. Mr. Siedel lives in Ohio City.

May 25, 2020 We were not able to obtain a permit from the City
Memorial Day Service at Brookmere Cemetery
, 3615 Proadview Road (terminus of Broadview, west of Pearl Road). We will honor the veterans from the Revolutionary War through WWII that are buried there: reading of the names and accompaniment. Bring a lawn chair and learn some of our local history.

March 13, 2020
Regular meeting. Program: Prof. Gerry Nemeth presented "Retired Amusement Park" Chippewa Lake Park and the 150th Anniversary of Cedar Point.

January 10, 2020
Regular meeting.

November 8, 2019
Annual "Pot Luck/Show-n-Tell"
, where, after we all share dinner, we also share memorabilia of Old Brooklyn each of us might have.

October 19, 2019
Spaghetti Dinner
(Download flyer)

September 13, 2019
Regular meeting. Speaker: Professor Gerry Nemeth, “Retired Amusement Parks”
Euclid Beach Park.

July 28, 2019
HSOB participated in the 2019 Smorgasbord Street Festival in downtown Old Brooklyn.

July 12, 2019
Annual HSOB Potluck Picnic.

June 1, 2019
Our annual field trip to a Lake County Captains game.

May 27, 2019
Memorial Day Service at Brookmere Cemetery at Noon.

May 10, 2019
"Women of the Western Reserve"
presented by a Western Reserve Historical Society representative. We met the talented, inspired, creative and innovative women of the Western Reserve. These admirable women were pioneers, philanthropists, musicians, doctors, educators, suffragettes, judges, legislators, and so much more.


Saturday, May 18, 2019
HSOB participated in Pedal for Prizes.

March 8, 2019
"The Vehicles of the Western Reserve"
presented by a Western Reserve Historical Society's representative. At one time, Cleveland was the automobile capital of the world. We took a ride through the Western Reserve at the turn of the 20th century and discovered a treasure of Cleveland made vehicles.

January 11, 2019 – POSTPONED due to weather
"Valentine's Day in Cleveland"
presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society's representative.Learn about the history of St. Valentine's Day, experience a local story of true romance between Clevelanders Dawson and Anne Kelly, and remember your own February 14ths of years past. Examine a variety of Valentines from the WRHS collection, and reminisce with Valentine's Day advertisements.

November 9, 2018
Annual "Pot Luck/Show-n-Tell"
, where, after we all share dinner, we also share memorabilia of Old Brooklyn each of us might have.

September 14, 2018
"The Golden Age of Shopping in Cleveland"
presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society's representative. Which was more glamorous? Riding the elevator (with an operator)? Or your first few tries on the escalator? Reminisce about Halle Brothers, May Co., Higbee's and the Sterling Lindner Christmas Tree.

September 8, 11, 13 and 15, 2018
Ohio Open Doors host site

Ohio Open DoorsThe Historical Society of Old Brooklyn Museum, along with Pearl Road United Methodist Church, participated in “Ohio Open Doors”. Ohio Open Doors was created in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and is held every two years in September. Passed by Congress and signed into law in 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act made preserving historic, architectural and archaeological resources whenever possible a policy of the federal government. Ohio continues to rank among our nation’s leading states in preserving historic places.

July 13. 2018
Potluck Picnic
at Brooklyn's Veterans Memorial Park, 7619 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn 44144.

May 27, 2018
Special Memorial Day Service
, Brookmere Cemetery, 3615 Broadview Road.
Honors all veterans who died in the service of our country, but particularly the students from James Ford Rhodes High School who lost their lives during WWII.

May 11, 2018
A look back in time to 1920 Old Brooklyn, through articles written in "The Brooklyn News". 

March 9, 2018
Program: Dean Kavouras
, professional coin grader, Senior Coin Service, spoke about coin collections and gave complementary appraisals.

January 12, 2018 (Cancelled due to weather)

September 8, 2017
Speaker: Historian John J. Grabowski. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of History at CWRU and the Western Reserve Historical Society, where he serves as Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications. In addition to teaching at the department he also oversees the online edition of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History/Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, a joint project of CWRU and WRHS, which he helped compile, edit and launch.

July 14, 2017
Pot Luck Picnic at Brooklyn Memorial Park; "Gilligan" Garza magic show

May 29, 2017
Memorial Day Ceremony at Brookmere Cemetery

Memorial Day Program

May 12, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Judith G. Cetina, Ph.D., Cuyahoga County Archives. Topic: researching your home's history

March 10, 2017
Speaker: Radhika Reddy, MBA, MA-Tax, partner in Ariel Ventures, LLC, the group of businesswomen responsible for Ariel Pearl Center, the redeveloped bank building at Pearl and Broadview Rds. See Pearl St. Bank in the Gallery.

Members were invited to the Grand Opening
MARCH 14, 2017

Ariel Pearl CenterAriel Pearl Center


January 13, 2017
Special Anniversary Open House at the Museum
Magic Show at the Anniversary Openn House

November 11, 2016
Pot Luck Dinner / Show 'n' Tell

September 9, 2016    DOWNLOAD FLYER
8 First Ladies of Ohio Presidents

May 13, 2016
Gilligan the Magician DOWNLOAD FLYER
Gilligan the Magician performed magic and told history of a magician buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Book cover March 11, 2016
Alan F. Dutka
, “Misfortune on Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row,” from his book with the same title.

January 8, 2016
Tom Strong
, Medical Lecturer, The History of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines,” focusing on the WWI period.

November 13, 2015 >>Note program date change<<
Doug Kusak presents the Great Lakes Exposition 1936–1937. The biggest party Cleveland has ever seen was held on a lakefront garbage dump! Historical Interpreter Doug Kusak takes an irreverent look at how trashy things got above ground, and how great it was for the city of Cleveland. History and gossip abound.

September 11, 2015 >>Note program date change<<
Annual Pot Luck/Show-N-Tell

May 8, 2015
Historian, Judy McKeegan, from Cleveland Metroparks on the history of the Zoo.

March 13, 2015
Daniel Smith owner of Familyography.

January 10, 2015
Kathryn Gasior Wilmer, author of Old Brooklyn: a historic narrative and projection for the 1980's (1979) and Old Brooklyn new, book II : a portrait of Old Brooklyn (1981).

November 14, 2014
Pot Luck Dinner / Show 'n' Tell

October 12, 2014
Book Release Arcadia Book Cover
at Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation

Old Brooklyn. Author: Historical Society Of Old Brooklyn. Publisher: [S.l.] : Arcadia Pub, 2014; Images of America series. 128 pages, 200 b&w images. ISBN: 9781467111928.
Vintage images capture slices of our neighborhood history and celebrate the people, places, and events that define our community.

September 12, 2014
John Rakauskas, "Old Brooklyn Architect," projects in the neighborhood.

May 9, 2014
Jim Busch, Busch Funeral Homes. shares an impressive collection of images from our past.

March 14, 2014
Mary Fallon, antique shop owner, with family's life in Ireland and America.

January 10, 2014
Greg Cznadel & Patti Hjort, dressed in period costume, spoke about Victorian funeral customs.

November 8, 2013
Dinner and talk regarding the Cleveland Männerchor hall, 4515 State Road.
Cleveland Männerchor | Facebook

May 10, 2013
Renee Heinle Close, Marketing Director, The Sausage Shoppe, 4501 Memphis Ave.
"The Sausage Shoppe family business"

March 8, 2013
June Hartzell
"The Hinckley Family" (listen to presentation)

Mike Loizos with an early map of the Pearl Road business districtJanuary 11, 2013
HSOB member & former Glenn Restaurant owner Michael Loizos
"The first businesses of Old Brooklyn"

September 14, 2012
John Jenkins, chair of the Ben Franklin Community Garden Committee and Old Brooklyn CDC Greenspace Committee: "History of the Ben Franklin Gardens"

May 12, 2012
Civil War 150th anniversary commemoration

Ohio Historical Society Ohio Civil War 150 logoAttendees were immersed in the 19th century at the Historical Society of Old Brooklyn's exciting Civil War 150th anniversary event! They met President Abraham Lincoln and his wife (reenacted by Mr. & Mrs. John W. King), listened to Civil War period music, and viewed Civil War-era quilts and other historical displays while enjoying Civil War-era food. After the playing of Taps by John Young, they learned the story of Taps and its legends, told by Ken Groner. Each attendee received a commemorative booklet with a Civil War timeline, selected books and movies about the War, recipes and more!

See Projects for more information on past and present events.