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Cleveland, Ohio

Western Reserve Historical Society

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Midwestern History, Preserved

For more than a century and a half, the Society has documented the history of what, even then, was considered to be the frontier of the new United States in the territory of the Ohio Valley. Given the history of this region of the state over those years, from agriculture, railroads and manufacturing to the origins of aeronautics, there's a lot to cover. The place to begin is the Cleveland Historical Center, where you can find everything from exhibitions to working farms. The central museum, itself, is a perfect place to begin, with both permanent and special, temporary exhibits on the history of the region. More than that, though, the Society has satellite sites, such as the Crawford Museum, with more than 150 vintage automobiles and aircraft. The Euclid Beach Park is also a must-see, with a fully restored grand carousel. Be sure to visit the Hale Farm and Village, which preserves the life of a working Midwestern farm in the mid-19th century. This is certainly a visit that deserves a full day's visit, at least.

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