Local History Seminar
Fall 2007
HIS 400
M/W/F 11-12:05
MC 322

Dr. Mark Tebeau
Associate Professor
Department of History
Rhodes Tower 1908
m.tebeau@csuohio.edu
Phone: 216-687-3937

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M/W: 12:30-1:30 or by appointment

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Local History Seminar
History 400

 

 

This course explores our region’s history through the lens of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens & Euclid Avenue. Both exist as part of a corridor that runs from downtown Cleveland to University Circle, into East Cleveland, one of the city’s first suburbs. For the sake of this course, this broad swath of land will be referred to as the Euclid Corridor. Defined more precisely, the Euclid Corridor runs from Public Square in downtown Cleveland, past University Circle, into East Cleveland, one of the city’s first suburbs; as an object of study it includes the people who have lived, worked, or traversed Euclid Avenue and its contiguous streets—those that run parallel and perpendicular to the Avenue.

To a large degree, the Euclid Corridor embodies the history of the region and twentieth-century America; in fact, one could argue that the Euclid Corridor defines Cleveland as a place—currently and historically. For this reason, studying the Euclid Corridor and its historical residents—be they people, buildings, or institutions—will be the focus of this course.

Because of the centrality of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the Euclid Corridor more broadly to understanding historical change in Cleveland, these landscapes make ideal research projects for History 400, the Local History Seminar. History 400 is a research seminar meant to introduce the basics of historical research, including the writing of a lengthy research paper.

Better still, this course will build upon and contribute to two major public history initiatives underway in Cleveland. The first is my work on the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and (along with Dr. Mark Souther) the Euclid Corridor History Project, which is a collaboration of the CSU Department of History, Cleveland Public Art, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, and Ideastream (WVIZ and WCPN). As part of the public art component of the larger Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, this project seeks to create a new sense of place along Euclid Avenue.

Toward this end, student research will become an integral part of interpretive signage, audio histories, and artwork that will built as part of the larger transportation project. Successive history classes are contributing historical documentation of the history of Euclid Avenue between Public Square and East Cleveland to support this important urban revitalization effort. Each student in this course will contribute research to these larger projects. The best of this work will be included in the public component of these projects. Moreover, students completing exemplary projects may be asked to present their findings to the RTA or other community leaders.

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