There’s a new exhibit opening at the Cleveland History Center that you won’t want to miss!

A City Worth Fighting For, a new exhibition about Cleveland’s role in World War I will be opening at the Cleveland History Center (10825 East Blvd Cleveland) on Saturday Apr 7.

When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, Cleveland unleashed its industrial might to aid the cause of Allied victory. A City Worth Fighting For illustrates many of the key contributions made both by Cleveland’s businesses and its citizens, including George Crile, Myron Herrick, and Newton D. Baker. The exhibition will also examine the war’s effects on Cleveland and its ethnic makeup.

Starting in Cleveland Starts Here® guests continue the WWI story in the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum and Bingham-Hanna Mansion before culminating in the Norton Gallery. Leveraging stories, artifacts from the extensive WRHS art collection, and the rarely seen military collection, guests can experience the many ways, both civic and industrial, that Cleveland supported the war effort.

World War I had a profound impact on Cleveland. By 1920, Cleveland was the fifth largest city in America, with a population of nearly 800,000. The city’s population was more diverse than it had ever been. Cleveland also reached new heights economically due to the city’s expanded industrial capacity during the war years. World War I created the modern city of Cleveland, but the change did not come without struggles. Learn more about Cleveland’s stories before and after the war when you visit Cleveland Starts Here®.

The Cleveland History Center Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays. Admission cost for adults is $10, Seniors are $9, Veterans are $7, children (ages 3-12) are $5 and children 2 and under are free. Two carousel rides are included with every paid admission! If you want to skip the line and purchase your tickets online, go to

Come learn about the important role Cleveland played in World War I at the Cleveland History Center this weekend.

Tess Abney is a freelance writer who was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She spends most of her time attempting to successfully raise three boys. In her free time, writing is her passion. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.