History 304: Urban History

Interviews conducted by students in Urban History (HIS 304) at Cleveland State University Department of History, supervised by professors Mark Tebeau and Mark Souther.


Dean Gladden, Managing Director of the Cleveland Playhouse, describes the operations and history of the Cleveland Playhouse, including information about specific performances and collaborations with other theaters.

Shelbey Holmes-Reyes describes her childhood family life, including a period in the foster care system and living with the challenges of poverty and family mental health issues. Holmes-Reyes also relates her experiences as Dike College (Meyers…

Carol introduces herself and gives her background information. She tells of leaving her home on a farm to come to Cleveland to study at Dyke College to become a secretary. She talks about her experiences at Dyke living in Cogswell Hall with the other…

In this interview, Celestine Beasley describes her experiences growing up in a sharecropper family in rural Mississippi, migrating to Cleveland's Cedar-Central neighborhood, and her career as a nurse at Mount Sinai. The interview also relates…

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Interview with Ruth Dancyger, historian of Temple-Tifereth Israel. Very poor sound quality.