Remembering William H. Brett on the 100th Anniversary of His Death

August 24, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of William Howard Brett, the renowned librarian who served as Director of Cleveland Public Library from 1884 to 1918. As a widely celebrated and respected leader in the library field, Brett’s legacy is enduring. He advocated for the “open shelf” system to bolster public access to library materials, vastly increased…

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Special Collections to Display WWII Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor

Roll of Honor, 2 pages of signatures of World War II Veterans

The Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor contains the names of many Cleveland-area men and women who served in World War II. The large, four-volume set was compiled by family and friends who listed men and women serving in all branches of the U.S. military. Louis B. Seltzer, editor of the Cleveland Press, and Mayor Frank Lausche dedicated the Greater Cleveland…

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The Death and Life of a Statue: How The Thinker Was Reborn in Cleveland

In the early hours of March 24, 1970, one of Cleveland’s most visited landmarks, an enlarged cast of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture The Thinker, was changed forever. The beloved statute outside the Cleveland Museum of Art was rocked by an explosion caused by a metal pipe bomb attached to a ten-foot, military-style fuse. According to the Cleveland Museum of Art,…

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1976: The Year Cleveland Became Bomb City, USA

In 1976, Cleveland was the most bombed city in the United States. The assassination and vandalism bombings that had been on the rise throughout the decade culminated in this particularly violent year—leading the national news to dub Cleveland “Bomb City, USA.” According to a Plain Dealer article from this era, “Bombing Business Booming Here,” Cleveland’s national ranking in bomb crimes…

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