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Cleveland Civics History Series

October 7

Starting Oct 7, a series of talks that revisit periods in CLE History looking for contemporary takes:

•Deconstructing the Rockefeller Myth — A Cleveland Perspective
A talk by Dr. John J. Grabowski, Krieger Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History, Case Western Reserve University
Weds October 7 at 7pm via Zoom
John D. Rockefeller, Did He Forget Cleveland? Dr. Grabowski will talk about the various long held beliefs held by many Clevelanders about John D. Rockefeller and whether they are based in truth

•The Mike White Years by the Journalists Who Covered Him
Wednesday, October 21, 7pm via Zoom
with panelists:
Brent Larkin, The Plain Dealer
Tom Beres WKYC-TV (retired)
Moderated by Mark NaymikWKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland

The 1990s in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio were molded by 3-term Mayor Michael R. White (1990-2002). Changes to the Cleveland Public Schools, Gateway stadium (and stadiums in general), the Browns, the airport, and many other decisions were made that are impacting the region to this day. Hear from the journalists who covered Mayor White as they look back 20 years later.
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•The City on the Hill: Tom L. Johnson and the Mayors influenced by Henry George
Thursday, November 19, 7pm
A talk by Dr. Alexandra W. Lough, author of The Last Tax: Henry George and the Social Politics of Land Reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Cleveland during the period of Mayor Tom L. Johnson (1901-1909) was considered by many to be one of the best governed cities in the nation. But Johnson was just one of several mayors who were followers of the 19th century political economist and social reformer Henry George. Dr. Alexandra Lough will explain how the teachings of Henry George influenced Tom L. Johnson’s mayoralty in Cleveland.

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•Women and Philanthropy: The Monied Women of Cleveland and their Impact
by Dr.Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, CWRU
Thursday, December 3, 7pm
The talk will examine the role of the Wade family women and their milieu in shaping the culture of philanthropy and the Settlement Movement in late nineteenth century Cleveland.

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Cosponsored by Cleveland History CenterSiegal Lifelong Learning Program and League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland


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