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

Kerry Gnandt
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Kerry joined the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum as their Office Administrator in 2021 after returning home from across the pond where she received a BA in Ancient History & Archaeology from the University of St Andrews and MPhil in Archaeology (European Prehistory) from the University of Cambridge. Propelled by her love of history and passion for cultural heritage, she interned at the CFHS&M in the summer of 2020 and, when the opportunity arose, jumped at the chance to … 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

Carolyn Sihler
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Carolyn first volunteered as a member of the Program Committee in 2001. When she mentioned to Scrap Zalba, past President, that her expertise was in accounting, he quickly handed over the checkbook! With her experience as an auditor in the not-for-profit world, Carolyn has been Treasurer since 2002. She enjoys the pursuit of the unaccounted-for dollar as well as other tasks assigned to her.

New Exhibit! “Finishing Touches: The Story of Wardrobe Accessories
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Hats, jewelry, and purses, oh my! The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum’s new exhibit “Finishing Touches: The Story of Wardrobe Accessories” opens March 19th and will run through June 18th. Come wander through our stylish exhibit where we’ll take you back in time to a world filled to the brim with men, women, and children’s unique adornments and fabulous frills. Admission to the museum is free and we are open Thursday 2-7, and Friday-Saturday 11-3. Thank you to our … Read More

Ohio History Fund Grant awarded to Chagrin Falls Historical Society!
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The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce that we have received a $3,700 grant from the Ohio History Connection which will allow us to digitize years 1894 through 1903 of The Exponent. We previously received this grant to digitize years 1874 through 1893. The Exponent, was the sole newspaper for Chagrin Falls and surrounding communities in eastern Cuyahoga, western Geauga, and northern Portage Counties from 1874–1899. This grant will make The Exponent widely available to researchers … Read More

Make a Charitable IRA Rollover to us!
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Are you taking a required minimum distribution from your IRA this year? If you are age 70 ½ you can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum and reduce your taxes. Benefits of a QCD:• Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum• Satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for the year• Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions … Read More

Giving Tuesday- November 30, 2021
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Your gift will make a meaningful difference. While 2021 was another challenging pandemic year, we have much to celebrate. We have been blessed by your generosity this year through donations and volunteer time! We would not be the small, but mighty organization we are today without all of your efforts. Together we can do even more in 2022. Your year-end gift and membership will make a difference. The Chagrin Falls Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by donations, grants, … Read More

Holiday Open House!
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Join the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum at our annual Holiday Open House, December 11th 1-5pm. Enjoy refreshments, holiday cheer, and Christmas music! This is a family friendly event; kids are invited to decorate the Christmas tree in our Bo Burr Community Room. In the spirit of the holidays, we will be collecting donations to the Chagrin Valley Little Theater which was hit so hard during the pandemic. When you donate you will be entered into a raffle for … Read More

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