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The future of our past depends on you

Please consider including the Historical Society in your stable of charities. Our membership fees don't cover the cost of "keeping the lights on" so we need to find additional funds each year for our daily operations.

The old neighborhood
""Many of you are not currently Old Brooklyn residents but look back to your formative years here. Maybe it was childhood or your early adult years when you first made your way on your own. In any case, Old Brooklyn is a part of what made you who you are. The Historical Society is a homecoming and you're always welcome! We encourage you to keep your memories alive and pay forward to those who will make their own memories here.

A sense of place
A sense of place reflects our history but it also helps imagine a future. When residents develop an identity and form an attachment to a place it informs plans for a sustainable future. A strong historical society helps build community and contributes to the well-being of Old Brooklyn now and for years to come.

Help us provide a bright future by preserving the past.
And please note: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 extends and increases the above-the-line deduction for contributions to charities made in 2021 and provides a $600 deduction for taxpayers filing a joint tax return.

Free PPE — Thank you Neighborhood Connections!

As a Neighborhood Connections COVID-19 grantee, HSOB was given an opportunity to get free bulk masks and hygiene supplies to distribute. We still have supplies available!

Available supplies currently include:

  • Cloth masks
  • Disposable masks
  • Hair Conditioner packet (0.33 oz sample size)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner pack (pack of two - 0.5 oz each, sample size)
  • Dish soap (16.2 oz bottle)
  • Laundry kit - single use (Per Kit: 1 Tide pod, 1 2ct Downy Sheet, 1 Downy Ultra Pouch)
  • All Purpose cleaner (32 oz bottles)
  • Soap bar
  • Deodorant (various sizes - 0.5 oz and 1.6 oz)
  • Beard and Face Wash (7.3 oz bottles)
  • Shave Kit (Per Kit: 1 Razor, 3 Blades, 1 6 oz Shave Gel)

Old Brooklyn

Old Brooklyn has its roots in the original Brooklyn Township, organized in 1818. The first settlers came from Connecticut in 1812. Indian trails were the basis for what became Pearl, Broadview and Schaaf Roads. Brighton Village, centered around today’s Pearl-Broadview intersection, was incorporated for one year in 1838. As German farmers moved in, the community grew. Another incorporation in 1889 renamed the village South Brooklyn. Annexation to the City of Cleveland—desirable because of South Brooklyn’s light plant (1902)—occurred in stages, beginning in 1905 and continuing through 1927. Greenhouse gardening began on Schaaf Road in 1887 and in the mid 20th-century gave the area the title of “Greenhouse Capital of the United States.” Old Brooklyn is also home to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (1914).

Meetings and more

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Old Brooklyn LayoutOld Brooklyn Collage by Jim Ptacek (a unique and lasting gift, but you'll want your own too!)

The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn along with Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation have collaborated with photographer Jim Ptacek in creating an Old Brooklyn Collage. They are on sale for $20.00/ea. Jim Ptacek is a noted Cleveland artist, widely known for his sepia-toned images of local landmarks. We are pleased to offer this new print along with Jim Ptacek photos, note cards, magnets and lapel pins at the Museum/Store, 3430 Memphis Ave. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 12 noon till 5 p.m.

Also for sale—Old Brooklyn flags!

Vintage 3' x 5' flags for only $40. Only a few available.
Civic Pride flag

1950s/1960s Photos Wanted

Do you have any photos of the Memphis-Fulton Shopping Center or the shopping district at Pearl and Broadview Roads??? The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn would love to make duplicates of them for our collection. We will return your original photos if you provide your name and full address. Thank you so much.

Also Wanted...

James Ford Rhodes High School yearbooks: 1972, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

We're trying to identify the people in this photo, an organization they might have been members of, and the year the photo was taken.  If you have any information, please contact the Historical Society at 216-337-8200 or by email at Thank you.
Unknown church group

Our bricks & mortar home!

We are located at 3430 Memphis Avenue (just west of Pearl Road) and are open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 12 Noon - 5 p.m.

We can always use a little help! Here's our wish list:
PVC free protector pages for photos
acid free folders
printer ink
computer paper
tissue, toilet paper
tape for dispenser
guest/register book
office supplies
folding chairs
volunteers to greet visitors
shelves and display cases

Brooklyn Union Burial Ground

Located on Broadview Road near Spring Road. The Historical Society maintains this historic burying ground. ... Learn more.

Always more to come...

We invite you come along as our organization our museum, and this website grows. If you share our interest in preserving and sharing the past, we encourage you to join us in our endeavors.

Join Us

Membership is only $10 yearly.

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A note on the title: The typeface used in “The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn ” is called "Really Big Shoe NF," based on an offering from the Cleveland Type Foundry, originally named Oxford. It was produced by Nick’s Fonts, a small foundry that seeks to preserve typographic heritage. Cleveland Type Foundry was in business from 1875 to 1892 when they became part of the American Type Founders (ATF). See