Browse Exhibits (4 total)

Lakeview Terrace: Democracity in Action

It was during the New Deal that the government, for the first time, began to take a direct role in the design and construction of housing for its citizens.  The first three projects approved under this new policy were located in Cleveland, Ohio, with Lakeview Terrace being the last of the three original housing projects to be completed.  Lakeview Terrace became, for a time, a symbol of enlightened modernity and its influence on urban planning reached far beyond the borders of Cleveland.  The culmination of its influence may have been at the New York World's Fair that was held from 1939 until 1940.  It has been recognized that world's fairs, by involvement with local planning agencies have evolved into planning mechanisms for development of new land, new communities, and civic improvement.  It is very possible that this process was inverted at the 1939 New York World's Fair and that Lakeview Terrace had a strong influence on the planning of the Theme Center of the Fair.

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Steel and Identity: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Lorain, OH

Located thirty miles west of Cleveland and situated on the intersection of Lake Erie and the Black River, the growth of Lorain, Ohio as an industrial city has in many ways mirrored that of Cleveland.   Lorain is literally titled the "international city" because of its ethnic diversity, ranging from Russian to Hungarian, to Mexican and Puerto Rican groups.  Most ethnic groups traveled to Lorain to take advantage of the abundance of work during the early twentieth century. 

Specifically, the growth of the hispanic population in Lorain is directly related to the steel industry.   This exhibit begins to explore that relationship.  First Mexicans arrived in the 1920s to work at the National Tube Company, then Puerto Ricans came to work in the late 1940s. 

Compare and contrast the Mexican experience and the Puerto Rican experience of arriving and adapting to the community in Lorain. 

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Traveling in "Quarrytown"

This exhibit provides an overview of the history of Amherst, Ohio by specifically highlighting the changing nature of its land use and the methods of transportation used throughout its growth as a village and city.  

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Women on Display: Gender and the Great Lakes Exposition

This exhibit examines the ways that women were involved with and depicted at the Great Lakes Exposition.  The expo was held for two summers, during 1936 and 1937, along the shore of Lake Erie, just north of downtown Cleveland.  Like all regional and world's fairs, the Great Lakes Exposition was held to promote industry, business and consumerism.  Female imagery ranged from the blatantly sexual casino and peep shows to the fresh faced, wholesome, young women who acted as official hostesses, and the society matrons who were icons of respectable, middle-class, values.

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