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The Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) was founded in 1867, making it the oldest cultural institution in Northeast Ohio. WRHS is located in Cleveland, Ohiomarker, USAmarker.


Located in University Circle, the renowned arts and culture district of Cleveland, the Society’s headquarters on East Boulevard houses and curates an extraordinary group of distinguished collections. The mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society is to collect, preserve and present the history of all the people of the Western Reserve. WRHS is a private, membership-based society that also receives funding through its investments, grants, and gifts.

University Circle Museums

The Society’s headquarters at University Circle houses several facilities:
  • The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum which houses nearly 200 vintage and antique automobiles and airplanes.
  • The History Museum, with changing exhibits of local history. The History Museum also includes:
    • The Hay-McKinney House, a 1911 home with luxurious turn-of-the-century parlors and living areas.
    • The Bingham-Hanna House, built between 1916 and 1919 on the land neighboring the Hay-McKinney property, Harry Payne Bingham built a 35 room house designed by Walker and Gillette, with a landscape by Olmsted Brothers and featuring ironwork by Samuel Yellin.
    • The Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, which houses over 30,000 garments from the late 1700s to the present.
  • The Library and Archives, which feature over 20 million archives and manuscripts for genealogical research or any aspect of Northeast Ohio history.

Admission to the headquarters includes entry to the History Museum, Library and Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

Other properties

The society also owns and operates the Hale Farm & Villagemarker in Bath, Ohiomarker and Shandy Hallmarker in Unionville, Ohio. Built in 1815, Shandy Hall is recognized as one of the best examples of early life and architecture found in the Western Reserve. The society also operates Loghurst, built in 1805 in Canfield, Ohiomarker which is thought to be the oldest residence in the Western Reserve.

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