Michael Schwartz Library
Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum Digital Exhibit
Repository: Michael Schwartz Library Special Collections
Creator: Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum
Title: The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum Collection
Quantity: Digital photographic images
Quantity: Digital audio files
Quantity: Digital video image
Abstract: In 1977, The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum was established to preserve the traditions and histories of Cleveland's ethnic communities and neighborhoods. The museum grew out of a Bicentennial Heritage Committee focused on collecting oral histories, made possible by a grant from the George Gund Foundation. From 1978 to 1981, the museum collected oral histories from Cleveland residents, recorded traditional music, collected and cataloged cultural artifacts, and assisted neighborhood projects that sought to capture the living history of neighborhoods by documenting special events and festivals.
Language: The records are in English
The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum was created as a way to preserve and transmit elements of traditional life, especially the folk arts, to others in the community. While the museum was open, it captured the traditions of Cleveland residents by recording oral histories, collecting cultural artifacts, recording folk music, photographing traditional festivals and religious rituals, and showcasing their collections in their gallery at the Arcade as well as through traveling exhibits. Many of their important dates, exhibits, and projects are listed in the chronological timeline below.
|1975||Oral histories are recorded for the Greater Cleveland Bicentennial Oral History Project to prepare for exhibits for the American Revolution Bicentennial. The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum is thus founded.|
|October 14, 1976||The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum, Inc. is approved to become a not for profit corporation.|
|November 1977||Work begins on the Immigrant Experience Project.|
|February 4, 1978||Annual Meeting, first of which was held at The Arcade.|
|March 1978||Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum opens its headquarters at 137 The Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Carole Kantor is the executive director of the museum.|
|May 1978||"We Are One, Around the Corner and Around the World" gallery exhibit commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Jewish Community Federation and the 30th anniversary of the State of Israel.|
|1979||Work concludes on the Immigrant Experience Project in early 1979.|
|January 12 - 31, 1979||St. Sava's Day (Serbian community) gallery exhibit.|
|February 1 - March 1, 1979||Oral history and immigrant history gallery exhibit.|
|March 1979||Balkan Slavic Music Project begins recording regional, ethnic music.|
|March 2 - June 1, 1979||Chinese New Year gallery exhibit.|
|June 4 - July 15, 1979||Traditional costumes and musical instruments of Croatia gallery exhibit.|
|July 1979||Annette Fromm, museum curator, is appointed acting director of the museum.|
|July 15 - August 31, 1979||Gallery exhibit featuring the Ukrainian-American woodcarving of Jack Gbur.|
|September 4 - October 12, 1979||International Year of the Child gallery exhibit.|
|October 15 - November 30, 1979||Festivals of India gallery exhibit.|
|December 3, 1979 - January 18, 1980||Christmas in Cleveland gallery exhibit.|
|April 2, 1980||The dance documentary produced by the Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum, "A Step in Time" airs on WVIZ Channel 25 at 7:30 pm. It showcases Greek, Slovenian, and Irish dance as it occurs naturally in Cleveland.|
|July 1980||A new slide tape program is made available for rental from the museum: "Easter in Cleveland: Celebration of Ritual and Custom".|
|August 27, 1980||"Discover Greece" dinner and dance fundraiser held at the Parthenon Restaurant, 1518 Euclid Avenue from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.|
|July 1980||Annette B. Fromm resigns as acting director.|
|March 13, 1981||Annual Meeting held at Dyke College.|
|198?||Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum closes.|
These digital records were created from the personal collection of Annette B. Fromm, the personal collection of Carole Kantor, the Cleveland Press Collection housed by Cleveland State University Special Collections, and other holdings housed by Cleveland State University. The collection has been created from digitized 35mm slides, newspaper clippings, documents, a 16mm film, and a vinyl record.
This collection is arranged by museum project when possible and by format when it is not possible.The collection is divided into five series.
- Ethnic Neighborhoods, Traditions, and Festival Images
- Immigrant Experience Project
- 'A Step in Time' Dance Documentary Film
- Balkan Slavic Music Project
- Cleveland Press Articles about the Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum
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- Fromm, Annette B.
- Kantor, Carole
- Mahovlich, Walter
- Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum
- Immigrant Experience Project
- Ethnic neighborhoods -- Ohio -- Cleveland
- Ethnographic films
- Ethnographic museums and collections
- Ethnographic photographs, 1970-1980
- Folk dance music -- Greece -- Ohio -- Cleveland
- Folk dance music -- Ireland -- Ohio -- Cleveland
- Folk dance music, Slovenian -- Ohio -- Cleveland
- Folk music -- United States
- Oral histories series
- Tambura music
- Cleveland (Ohio)
- digital images
- sound recordings
- The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum Collection
Real Media Player must be installed on one's computer in order to access the audio and video files in this collection.
The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum Collection. (2007). Cleveland Memory Project.http://www.clevelandmemory.org/gcem/
Collections borrowed from Annette B. Fromm and Carole Kantor. Balkan Slavic Music tapes and record donated by Walter Mahovlich.
This collection was processed in 2007 by Kiffany Francis.
The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum opened its permanent gallery space at The Arcade in 1977. The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum was thus created as a way to preserve and transmit elements of traditional life, especially the folk arts, to others in the community. While the museum was open, it captured the traditions of Cleveland residents by recording oral histories in its Immigrant Experience Project, collecting cultural artifacts, recording folk music as part of its Balkan Slavic Music Project, photographing traditional festivals and religious rituals, and showcasing their collections in their gallery at the Arcade as well as through traveling exhibits. The Greater Cleveland Ethnographic Museum Digital Collection is broken down by the following series.