Have you ever asked yourself, “Hmmm, what has Belt written about the history of Cleveland?” Wonder no more! As we prepare for our second birthday, we are going through our archives with an eye to stories that were written from Cleveland’s archives. These histories are not doomed, and they should be repeated.
FIVE REALLY INTERESTING BELT ESSAYS ABOUT CLEVELAND HISTORY
1.) Why is the Cleveland Museum of Art free?
In which we uncover the role art played in uplifting the public and helping businessmen relax.
2.) One day in 1911, thousands of women went on strike.
It was a sweltering day in June when they got fed up and walked off the job. (Related: the second largest industry in 20th century Cleveland was the garment trade, built by Jewish immigrants.)
3.) This town was made by two really weird bachelor brothers.
Terminal Tower and Shaker Heights were the brainchildren of the eccentric Van Sweringens.
4.) There is a private, no-girls-allowed club to talk about books and candlesticks.
In a mansion on Euclid Avenue is hidden an all-male, woodchuck-loving, secret club.
5.) People used to sing songs praising the local paper.
Some things do change!
Read more from Belt’s archives of Cleveland history by going here and here.
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