Saving Henry Church Rock
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A little more than a year ago, some descendants of the Church family, along with a few other individuals including Ruth and John, formed a committee to try and stabilize/restore the iconic folk sculpture created in 1885 by Henry Church, Jr. and previously known as a Squaw Rock. The sculpture has been vandalized over the years and exhibits general deterioration due to weathering and lichen growth, and the general neglect of the Cleveland Metroparks. We received the proper permits from … Read More

In Memory of Nancy Martt
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In loving memory of Nancy Martt who was a talented local artist, one of the founders of the Valley Art Center and also a supporter of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum. We have many Nancy Martt pieces in our art collection. We will do a pop-up exhibit of Nancy’s work in our Bo Burr Community Room starting later this week. Stay tuned for more info.

Nacho Average Gala
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Last year, our BBQ bash was such a hit, it felt like the perfect family reunion, a best friend get together, or a neighborhood block party! So we decided to invite everyone back this year for tacos and more! Join us on Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 5:30-8pm for our Nacho Average Gala! The event will feature a gift basket raffle, live entertainment, Barrio Food Truck, and family friendly games. The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum plays a vital … Read More

4th of July Community Celebration
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The Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum presents the Chagrin Falls Community 4th of July Celebration! In partnership with Safe Routes Chagrin and the D.A.R. please join us beginning at 8:30am for a fun and family friendly day of events in Triangle Park! During the events in Triangle Park, make sure to stop by the tables from our community partners: DAR, Wreaths Across America! Schedule of Events for Sunday, July 4, 20228:30am Registration begins for Pet Parade & Bike Parade9:00am … Read More

Summer Tours! The Guided Walking Tour and Police Car Tour are back for the season.
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Explore Chagrin Falls this summer! Walking TourJoin our tour guide and learn more about the historic structures in the West Side Historic District and Downtown Historic District. Tickets are $5 for members of the Historical Society, and $10 for non-members; payments can be made with cash or check the day of the tour. Tour goers can meet their tour guide at the Bandstand in Triangle Park. Please contact us at 440-247-4695 for more information. Sat., June 11th – 10:00am – … Read More

Back in the Classrooms!
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The Historical Society has a wonderful relationship with Chagrin Falls Schools. We have been able to teach lessons within the classroom and host field trips to the museum. During the 2020/2021 school year, John and Ruth were able to teach the high school U.S. history and Government classes via Zoom. For the 2021/2022 school year, we have been able to go back into the classrooms! In December 2021, Ruth and volunteer Jaclyn Drum taught Chagrin history to the kindergarten classes … Read More

Zo Sykora
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Zo joined the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum in 2000. She helped research material for Chagrin Falls: An Ohio Village History by Laura Gorretta. She served as Program Chair for two years, chaired the Technology Committee, and served on the Publications Committee. Since 2006, Zo has been the Photo Archivist and along with other volunteers has digitalized and catalogued over 14,000 photographs. Zo has a degree in mathematics from Cleveland State University and has worked as a social science … Read More

Sally Hawkins
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Sally is the Assistant Curator for the Historical Society. She has been volunteering for us for nearly ten years. Sally is an expert on exhibit display, events, and programs. She is always helping and consistently brightens up a room whenever she is at the Museum. Sally is also a member of the Collections, Exhibits, Home Tour, Gala, and Garden Committees. Sally is a retired nurse from the Cleveland Clinic and lives in the Village with her husband, Hawk, and furry … Read More

Ruth Zeager
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Ruth has been the Executive Director of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum since August 2018. Born and raised on the west side of Cleveland, Ruth made the most east and now lives in Geauga County. She has a BA in History from Hiram College and a MA in History with specialization in Museum Studies from Cleveland State University. Ruth has worked at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, American Cancer Society in both the Cleveland and Akron offices, and … Read More

Marnie Albers
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Marnie finds the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum an amazing place to work and feels grateful to be a part of it. She has done a number of things at the Society, which currently includes coordinating with other staff members on projects such as exhibits and events. Marnie’s responsibilities within this range from identifying and sourcing objects to photographing and cataloguing them. Her favorite aspect of working at the CFHS&M is working with everyone here and carrying out everything … Read More

Pat Zalba
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Pat, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, has been a member of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum since 1972 – 50 years! She has served on various committees during that time and has a working knowledge if many aspects of the CFHS&M. As Curator, Pat is tasked with keeping track of items donated to the museum as well as serving as chairperson of the Collection Committee in which she works ‘hand in glove’ with the Museum’s archivists. Pat … Read More

Maddie Lucarelli
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Maddie is a recent graduate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a BFA in Art History and Costume Design. After moving home from San Francisco, she began interning at the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum in August of 2021. She works primarily with the Textiles Collection, organizing and documenting the Museum’s vast collection of historical garments. A new adventure ensues each day working in the textiles room, from preserving glamorous 1920s shoes to researching elaborate … Read More

Ken Kvacek
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Ken serves as the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum’s Facilities Manager and on its Board of Trustees. He was heavily involved with the restoration and renovation of 87 East Washington Street after the Society moved there from the Shute Building at 21 Walnut Street in 2015. Outside of the CFHS&M, Ken is part of the Village Council and Chagrin Valley Jaycees. In his spare time, Ken enjoys working on his 1910 Buick Model 10 and 1966 Mustang convertible.

John Bourisseau
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John’s first career was as an educator. He taught 1st grade at Orange, worked as a school psychologist for the East Shore Regional Resource Center and for 20 years, was a school psychologist for Mayfield Schools. For 6 years he taught a course for CSU entitled, Working With Parents of Exceptional Children. His second career was as a volunteer. For 15 years John was active as a trustee for the CFHS Alumni Association serving on the Scholarship and Athletic HOF … Read More

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