Cleveland: A Celebration of Cultures


October 1 – 31, 2009 (return engagement February, 2010)


Celebrate Cleveland’s cultural heritage with an exhibition on the delightful Cleveland Cultural Gardens; artifacts, costumes and items from various cultures and traditions; and events, activities, food and performances throughout the month. From African American, Irish and German settlers in the early 1800s to Italian, Hungarian, Chinese, Polish, Ukrainian and many others in the mid and late 1800s and since, Cleveland draws strength and interest from our diverse mix of ethnic populations and neighborhoods.


Leo Weidenthal, editor of The Jewish Independent, felt each of the city’s national communities should have a garden site, and conceived the Cultural Gardens in the early 1900s. The celebration promotes the Museum’s mission of building bridges of understanding with other cultures, and ties in with the Museum’s permanent collection, An American Story, tracking the arrival of immigrants and the region’s
early settlers and neighborhoods, and The Temple-Tifereth Israel gallery with 180 priceless artifacts and art from around the world.