Culture and Immigration

Crossings: Crooked River Conversation on Culture and Immigration


  • John Grabowski, Editor of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
  • Joe Valencic, President, National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

On July 22, 1796, Moses Cleaveland sailed from Lake Erie into the Cuyahoga River and founded a settlement that would bear his name. In the decades that followed others would come by water as migrants or immigrants to Cleveland. The community’s location on the lake at the mouth of the river was its raison’d etre, not only accessible to new arrivals, but a critical catalyst in its economic growth throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
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