I coordinate the department's social studies program; I have written three U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grants (over $4 million). I am directing Rivers, Roads, & Rails, which uses the history of the landscapes along the Ohio & Erie Canalway as a vehicle for teaching American history. Along with the project director, I regularly update the project blog with information about teaching the canalway.. I also serve as Academic Director for the Sounds of American History project, which also has a sound-based project blogthat (along with the project) explores how the history of sound can be used to teach US History.

My scholarship informs my teaching, and I use the regional urban environment as a research laboratory in my courses. Recently, in conjunction with undergraduates and regional teachers, and colleagues, I developed a special issue of the department's e-journal, Crooked River, on the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. In the past, this work has been featured in "sound portraits" on local public radio, ideastream--WCPN, and my students have worked with Tremont West Development Corporation to develop a walking tour of that neighbhorhood.

Currently, students in my courses contribute to the Euclid Corridor History Project The Euclid Corridor History Project is a community-based interpretive history project in which faculty, students, and community members will produce multimedia histories of Cleveland through the lens of Euclid Avenue and its environs. These histories, along with photos, sounds, and other materials, will appear in 19 history kiosks, located at 12 locations along the newly redeveloped Euclid Corridor, part of Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority's Euclid Corridor Transportation Project. A more limited, though equally rich version, will appear on a parallel website. We demonstrated a prototype for the user interface at the July 2007 Ingenuity Festival. We have collaboratedwith Cleveland Public Art and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority, as well as ideastream, in developing this project. At the same time, we have crafted an oral history project that documents the history of the city around its various communities. To date, we have collected over 300 oral histories.


Mark Tebeau
Associate Professor
Department of History
Rhodes Tower 1908
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Research Specialties
Urban & Environmental History
19th & 20th Century U.S. Social History
Public History, Oral History, Historical Methods

Phone: (216) 687-3937
Fax: (216) 687-5592

Current Research/Public History
Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Euclid Corridor History Project
Social Studies--Teacher Lessons
Rivers, Roads, & Rails
Sounds of History

Eating Smoke Office Hours
M/W: 9:30-10:45
by appointment

Current Courses:
Local History (HIS400)
Social Studies (HIS390)

Invisible Cities
Rivers, Roads, & Rails