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Stories from Cleveland's history from 1875-1929

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The Cleveland Storyteller


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 His goal is to promote Cleveland nationally, rebuild Cleveland pride, and overcome outdated, uncomplimentary stereotypes.

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.


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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Title of Talk: Millionaires Row II - life in Cleveland in the 1930's
April 5th 2014, 2:00 pm
Chagrin Arts Council
Cuyahoga County Public Library - Chagrin Falls Branch
100 East Orange Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Contact: Katherine Malmquist, (440) 247-3556

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
April 9th, 2014, 7:00 pm
Kirtland Public Library
9267 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland, OH 44094
Contact: Jane Carle, (440) 256-7323

Title of Talk: The Age of Rockefeller
April 16th, 2014, 1:30 pm
Concord Community Center
7671 Auburn Road, Concord Township, OH 44077
Contact: Debra Esker (440) 639-4650

Title of Talk: The Famous Whites of White Sewing Machine & White Motors
April 17th, 2014, 7:30 pm
Chagrin Falls Historical Society
21 Walnut Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Contact: Anne Burr, (440) 338-1556

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
April 28th, 2014, 6:00 pm
Not open to the public

Title of Talk: Great Estates of Hunting Valley
Tuesday April 29th, 2014, 7:00 pm
Not Open to the Public


Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
Thursday May 1, 2014
Cleveland Clinic Staff Auxiliary Spring Luncheon
Cleveland Clinic Campus
9801 Carnegie Avenue Cleveland Ohio 44106
Contact: Craig Van
Not open to the public

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
Thursday May 5, 2014, 11:30 am
Kirtland Area Service Council - Senior Luncheon
Not open to the public

Title of Talk: Millionaires Row
May 8th, 2014 7:00 pm
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094
Contact: Randi Ferline, (440) 5257813

Title of Talk: Millionaires Row
May 9th, 2014, 6:00 pm
Madison Historical Society
Central Congregational Church
71 Park Street, Madison, OH 44057
Contact: Dianne Cross, (440) 428-4638

Title of Talk: Great Estates of Wickliffe - Millionaires' Mile
May 13th, 2014 7:00 pm
Perry Public Library
3753 Main St.
Perry Oh 44081
Susan Traub 440-259-3300

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
Wednesday May 14th 7:00 PM
Cleveland Hts. Public Library
2345 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Hts. Oh 44118
Contact: Kara O'Donnell email:

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row/Famous Women of the Row
Thursday May 15th, 2014
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
23114 West Rd.
Olmstead Falls, Oh 44138
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: The Theatrical
Thursday May 21, 2014, 7:30 pm
Western Reserve Wines
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
May 22nd, 2014 1:30PM
Lake County Juvenile Court
Not Open to the Public


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.


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