Cleveland History Days Schedule- Friday, June 23


Cleveland History Days’ Opening Ceremony

10 am-1:30 pm at Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland 44106

Join us as we kick off the Sixth Annual Cleveland History Days. During the Opening Ceremony, we’ll present an overview of this years exciting events. Doors open at 10 am, programming begins at 10:30. 

Free to attend. Registration requested, but is not required.



Olympic Oaks, Continuing Jesse Owens' Legacy

12:30 – 1:30pm at Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland OH 44106

This luncheon will begin with a screening of 47th Cleveland International Film Festival film, OLYMPIC OAKS: CONTINUING JESSE OWENS’ LEGAGY. Follow the life and legacy of Olympic Athlete Jesse Owens and his four gold medal victories in track and field during the 1936 Olympics. Jesse was gifted four oak tree saplings for his accomplishments, which were brought back to Ohio and planted. The film explores Jesse’s athleticism and courage in the face of racism and the quest to graft the last of the surviving oak trees to honor his story for generations to come.

Post screening panel discussion moderated by CIFF Education Director Gabrielle Burrage with the following panel:

  • Tyrone Owens (cousin of Jesse Owens / former Track and Field Coach at James Ford Rhodes High School)
  • Jeffrey T. Verespej (Chief of Staff, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress)
  • Regennia N. Williams (PhD, Distinguished Scholar of African American History and Culture, Western Reserve Historical Society)

$25 Per Person, includes boxed lunch. Registration is required.

Jesseowens photocredit providedbyciff

Photo provided by CIFF


Take A Hike® - Erie Street Cemetery Tour 

12 pm – 12:45 pm at Erie Street Cemetery, 2301 E9th Street, Cleveland, 44115

Enjoy a guided 45-minute lunchtime walking tour of Erie Street Cemetery.

Event is free to attend. Registration requested



Rediscover the Veterans Memorial Bridge: Community Conversation - Cuyahoga County

5 pm – 8 pm at Veterans Memorial Bridge, 2433 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, 44113

The public is invited to participate in a conversation with local leaders and other residents about their vision for creating public access to the lowline. This community dialogue will be hosted on the underside of the bridge, with dinner available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feedback and ideas will be used to inform future plans for the bridge.

Event is free to attend. 

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