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Discover the history of notorious Cleveland mobster Shondor Birns

Rick Porrello – the author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia, To Kill the Irishman and Superthief – talked about his new book on the life and crimes of notorious Cleveland mobster, Alex Shondor Birns, when he visited … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Stroup is your tour guide through ‘Abandoned Cleveland’

Photographer and urban explorer Jeffrey Stroup has spent the last 15 years capturing pictures of Cleveland’s abandoned factories, mansions, malls, churches, and more. He’s collected his best images in his new book, Abandoned Cleveland. Stroup visited us earlier this month to … Continue reading

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Hear the Eerie Legends of Lake County

Lake County legends have fascinated locals throughout the years. Which buildings are haunted? Was there really a monster on Little Mountain? Share your own local myths and legends and learn about other puzzling and extraordinary happenings in our own backyard … Continue reading

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The story of the Willoughby chemical weapons plant

Did you know that Willoughby housed a chemical weapons plant during World War I? Learn more about this surprising piece of local history during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at our Main Branch. Jeffrey Frischkorn, former … Continue reading

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Akron during World War II

The city of Akron, Ohio, had an outsized impact during World War II. Its citizens served in Europe and the South Pacific. Goodyear built blimps that hunted Nazi submarines. And some of the city’s most renowned residents had a personal … Continue reading

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