Preservation (and Local History) Is Good for the Neighborhood

Our Spring Local History series has gone virtual!

Even though our in-person programs have been cancelled, your local library and our wonderful partner organizations are still hard at work so that we can continue to offer quality library programming that you can access from the comfort of your own home.

This lecture was recorded by Margaret Lann of the Cleveland Restoration Society, and it focuses on why preservation is so important to our local neighborhoods. For instance, did you know that Cleveland Heights has 12 historic districts, and that property values in historic districts tend to remain stable even in down markets? And did you know that preservation creates 50% more jobs than new construction? Learn about the economic and architectural benefits of preservation, the differences between national and local landmarks, and see how these tools contribute to our sense of place, preserve cultural heritage, and benefit the community.


A huge shout-out and thank you is due to both Margaret of the Cleveland Restoration Society who recorded this lecture, and also to Steve with the city of Cleveland Heights for uploading this content to the city’s Historical YouTube channel. The partnership between organizations like the Cleveland Restoration Society, the city of Cleveland Heights, the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, the City of Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, and Heights Libraries is invaluable in presenting and preserving these local history lectures for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

If you enjoy learning about local history, you may also want to consider checking out the Cleveland Heights Historical YouTube channel, where you can learn about many fascinating topics such as our forgotten street cars and the history of our landmarks, buildings, and parks. You can learn all about Rockefeller’s Forest Hill, or find out more about the Integration of Cleveland Heights. Other lecture topics include the story of Millionaire’s Row, and even tales of the grisly and unsolved murder of William Lowe Rice in 1906.

What other historical topics would you like to be discussed in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

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