The Shakers were a religious communal society founded and originally led by Mother Ann Lee, who came to America from England in 1774. By 1826 communities were established throughout New England and the Midwest, as well as in Georgia and Florida. In 1911 Wallace H. Cathcart, Director of the Western Reserve Historical Society, began collecting Shaker memorabilia. The collection consists of ambrotypes; tintypes; photographs next hit, including stereographs, carte de visits, and cabinet cards; postcards (black and white and color), negatives, and prints. Images include individual and group portraits of members of various Shaker communities and views of buildings, farms, work scenes, interiors, and general scenes depicting life at Shaker communities in the United States. Communities depicted include Alfred, Maine; Canterbury, New Hampshire; Enfield, Connecticut; Enfield, New Hampshire; Hancock, Massachusetts; Harvard, Massachusetts; Mt. Lebanon, New York; Sabbath day Lake, Maine, South Union, Kentucky; Union Village, Ohio; Watervliet, New York; Whitewater, Ohio; Groveland, New York; North Union, Ohio; Pleasant Hill, Kentucky; Shirley, Massachusetts; Tyringham, Massachusetts; Union Village, Ohio; White Oak, Georgia; and various mixed and unidentified communities. Most previous hit photographs are identified., Featured in the "Cleveland Starts Here" Exhibit
John Holly founded the Future Outlook League in Cleveland in 1935 to help obtain jobs for black residents. The League was ahead of its time in using picket lines and economic boycotts to secure its objectives. This 1952 mural commemorates the League's struggle for equality.
Gesturing with his left hand, forefinger raised to a group of African American travelers group to the left. With the left hand he points towards a group of buildings representing downtown Cleveland. An arch bridge and river occupy the middle ground. The male figure stands on a carved stone on which are the words "Militancy, Courage"and partially "Equal Economic Opportunity". Two African American figures in the lower right are depicted carving the stone. Across the top is a title ribbon "The Future Outlook League." The painting is on a thin panel mounted to a second panel and is cased in a plexiglas and wood display case., Featured in the "Cleveland Starts Here" Exhibit
Hand-colored engraving of the Cleveland lighthouse and the side-wheel ship, "Walk on the Water" in a dramatic, windswept Lake Erie. Lighthouse is on right and has breaking waves. Side-wheel steamer is in the left background. Unframed, MUS 2009.0.7. Featured in the "Cleveland Starts Here" Exhibit
This dress is a perennial favorite of visitors to the WRHS because of its sparkle and the pattern of sequins, which creates a charming motif of oversized buttons. Marguerite, or Greta, Millikin owned several mini-dresses designed by Courrèges, who was especially known for his mod, futuristic style during the 1960s. This dress was made for fun. To learn more about Greta, visit her red shimmering pantsuit, also in this exhibition., Made of cotton, silk, sequins. Worn in Cleveland, Ohio by Marguerite Sterkerl Millikin (1903-1989). The Marguerite Sterkerl Millikin Collection, Gift of Mrs. Millikin, 71.1.8. Featured in the "Wow Factor: 150 Years of Bold Clothes" Exhibit.
The layer around Honey Rosenthal’s shoulders can be primped and puffed to give it volume, creating impact with a dramatic silhouette. Honey wore this dress to the WRHS in 1977 for an event honoring Charles, Prince of Wales. Honey’s English-made dress subtly honored the monarchy: the designer, Norman Hartnell, was appointed dressmaker to the Royal Family in 1938. The press took note of Honey’s style, and in 1981 Town & Country named her one of the “Turned Out Twenty,” amongst the likes of Nancy Reagan., Made of silk. Worn in Cleveland, Ohio by Honey Rosenthal (1917-2005). Gift of Mrs. Leighton Rosenthal, 93.99.1. Featured in the "Wow Factor: 150 Years of Bold Clothes" Exhibit.
“If it’s a special dress, I’ll keep it for five years… I truly love all of my dresses and I like to wear them more than once.” In 1989, Terry Adelman described her approach to benefit dressing for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She appreciated the importance of the little black dress, but in 1988 she wore this shocking pink confection to the “Renaissance Romance” benefit for the Cleveland Ballet, which she co-chaired. Terry’s dedication to philanthropy began as a teenager, when she volunteered at Rainbow Babies Hospital. Today, she supports Cleveland’s hospitals with a passion., Made of silk, synthetic horsehair. Worn in Cleveland, Ohio by Terry Goldstein Adelman (b. 1942). Gift of Mrs. Sheldon Adelman, 1999.59.1.
Strong shoulders and bright houndstooth give this dress personality, and undoubtedly a boost of confidence to its wearer, Jane Horvitz. As a Carolina Herrera fan, she shopped at Cindy Halle’s boutique, and even once wore the very same ensemble as the designer to a local event. Design is in Jane’s blood: her grandfather founded the Cleveland Overall Co., later known as Work Wear. Today, she focuses her efforts on philanthropic work, running the family’s foundation with her sister., Made of wool, silk. Worn in Cleveland, Ohio by Jane Rosenthal Horvitz (b. 1952). Gift of Jane Rosenthal Horvitz, 2004.52.15. Featured in the "Wow Factor: 150 Years of Bold Clothes" Exhibit.
Mrs. Herbert Evans and Mrs. Helen H. Maidje stand next to the College Club of Cleveland sign outside its location at the former William D.B. Alexander house at 2348 Overlook Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.