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Stories from Cleveland's history from 1875-1929

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The Cleveland Storyteller

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The Cleveland Storyteller began in April of 2008 at Gates Mills Library. Forty people were expected and over 100 showed up. Motivated by his passion and the response to his talks, Dan continues to research Cleveland history, specifically the families of Millionaires’ Row and their contribution to Cleveland’s greatness during the years 1875-1929. He has created a collection of stories that are constantly updated and fresh and shares those stories at events and venues throughout the Cleveland area. He creates a spellbinding entertainment experience - The Storyteller in his chair, sharing unique stories of Cleveland’s past. Dan has become recognized as an expert in this area. His goal is to promote Cleveland nationally, rebuild Cleveland pride, and overcome outdated, uncomplimentary stereotypes.
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Dan is a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area currently living for the past 31 years on six acres in Chesterland, which was formerly part of the Circle W Farm, owned by Walter and Virginia White. Walter was the youngest of the White brothers, founders of White Motors. Dan has developed the property into many palatial gardens that reflect the gardening style and characteristics of the great mansions once owned by Cleveland’s prominent figures.

The purpose of this site is to explore Cleveland's unique history with regard to the many "first's" — inventions, inventors, etc. — that led this city to national and world recognition. The book Cradle of Greatness, National and World Achievements of Ohio's Western Reserve, by Earl R. Hoover, was one of many sources researched, and we thank them for allowing us to use some of their images. Descendants and friends of the families discussed have also been interviewed and/or contributed content, and we are grateful.

Our mission:

  1. Promote Cleveland.
  2. Dispel old negative stereotypes about Cleveland.
  3. Examine in an entertaining fashion what made Cleveland great 1885-1929.
  4. Apply history lessons to help return Cleveland to greatness.
  5. Promote and publish individual stories about Cleveland.
  6. How great Cleveland families made Cleveland great.

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Order Dan's new book, Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires' Row, his Great Estates of Wickliffe DVD, or Millionaires' Row Poster

Order the Cleveland storyteller's new book about the grand mansions and fascinating characters of Millionaires' Row. In addition to the book, you can order a DVD showing one of Dan Ruminski's presentations, recorded live at Coulby Mansion in September 2012.

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October

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
October 3rd, 2014 8:15pm
Fellowship Club/Parma Presbyterian South
6155 Pearl Rd.
Parma Hts. Oh 44130
Contact: June Hurtzell (440) 268-9492

Title of Talk: The Drury Story
Tuesday October 7th, 2014 7PM
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:00 PM
Cleveland Convention Center
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
October 9th, 2014 7:00pm
Twinsburg Public Library
10050 Ravenna Rd.
Twinsburg Oh 44087
Contact: Timothy Burns 330.425.4268 x 138

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
October 16th, 2014 11:00am
Four Corners Garden Club
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
October 21, 2014 10:00am
Private Home
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
October 28th, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
Brecksville Women's Club
5025 E. Mill Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147
Contact: Joyce Avey, (440) 526-4039


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The Cleveland Storyteller Uses History to Raise Thousands for Autism

Dan Ruminski has committed to doing numerous fundraisers to help fund this project. Additionally, he is donating a portion of his book sales to the Willoughby Rotary Autism Project (WRAP). You will find details of the autism fundraising here.


iPads for Autism - Willoughby Rotary Autism Project

How to Support the Willoughby Rotary Foundation's iPads for Autism Project

Tax-deductible donations for this project are greatly appreciated. You may donate to the Willoughby Rotary Foundation here.

Thanks to our Sponsors

The following companies and individuals sponsored our January 26, 2014, fundraiser. We appreciate their support.

Sponsors:

  • William & Sheila Sanders
  • Ken Graham
  • Latham W. Murfey III - Headwaters Investment Counsel LLC
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