The Chagrin History Center displays both current, themed exhibits that change periodically, and permanent exhibits of life, industry, and society in Chagrin Falls.

Current Exhibits in the Gallery

When We Were Young: Children’s Clothing from the 1850s-1950s – Now through Mid-August

The Chagrin History Center’s new exhibit “When We Were Young: Children’s Clothing from the 1850s-1950s” is now on exhibit through mid-August!

Taking advantage of our extensive textiles collection, visitors will take a walk through time as they view how children were dressed over a 100 year old period. For much of the mid-to late-nineteenth century, children were dressed as miniature adults. But through the first half of the twentieth century, children’s clothing began to reflect not only their age, but the changing roles of children in society. Visitors will see how children dressed for playtime, school, life at home, etc. We even have a beautiful collection of Baptismal dresses on display. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the lives of Chagrin Falls’ littlest citizens.

Permanent Exhibits

Our permanent exhibits include displays of local industries, and contributions of our residents in both war and peace.

Past Exhibits:


Exploring Early Chagrin (September 2023- March 2024)

Places, Events, and Celebrations: What We Wore (March 10 through July, 2023)

The Joy of Toys (November 2022 through January 2023)
Finishing Touches: The Story of Wardrobe Accessories (March through October 2022)

History of Chagrin Falls Park (January 30, 2021 through 2022)
Unveiling the Unseen: Chagrin’s Hidden Attic on Display (October 2021 through January 2022)
Oil Paintings by Charles Deihl & his students (May 1 through Saturday, August 28, 2021)
Cozy & Comfortable: Quilts, Coverlets, and Bedspreads (January 2021 through April 2021)

Welcome Christmas! An Outdoor Exhibit Experience (November 27 through December 26, 2020)

Political Campaign Memorabilia: from first to last and everything in between (September 5 through November 7, 2020)

Innovations: Change for the Better (February 27 through August 31, 2020)

Under the Tree: A Celebration of Gifts for Children (November 29, 2019 through January 25, 2020)

Through Their Eyes: Chagrin Valley Veterans (May 23 through November 11, 2019)

Whirligigs, Whammy Doodles, and other Folk Art (March 12 through April 29, 2019)

CHAGRIN FALLS: OPEN FOR BUSINESS! A retrospective exhibit on Chagrin Falls businesses (September 27, 2018 through February 28, 2019)