Browse Interviews

  • Collection: History 304: Urban History
19 total

Dean Gladden interview, 24 March 2006

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 interview, 2006

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 College).

Carol Schultheis Interview, 06 April 2006

Carol Paulik Schultheis 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 out-of-towners. Carol talks about the courses she took and the friends she made. She tells of skipping class to go to the Phil Donahue show, which was broadcast from Cleveland at the time. Carol talks about the departments stores…

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Celestine Beasley interview, 27 April 2006

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 information about race, farming, food culture, and cuisine.

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Ralph Beattie interview, 05 April 2005

Ralph Beattie [1925-2015], grandson of the founder of H. W. Beattie & Sons Jewelers on Euclid Avenue, discusses the history of the family business, particularly in the time after he joined the business in 1948 following his war service. Beattie also recalls memories of occasional shopping trips downtown as a child living on a farm in the 1930s. He reflects on prominent businesses on Euclid Avenue, including jewelry stores, and the decline of the Playhouse Square area after its theaters closed in…

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Laura Gooch interview, 08 April 2006

Laura Gooch talks about the Hebrew Cultural Garden at Rockefeller Park. She also talks about Cleveland parks and what can be done to revitalize them, while also discussing how to remediate problems at Doan Brook.
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See also Laura Gooch Interview, 11 July 2006 (902010).

Thomas Hartshorne interview, 04 May 2005

Thomas Hartshorne, professor emeritus of History at Cleveland State University describes the early years of Cleveland State University's existence and its development over time, as well as reactions to the Kent State shootings on May 4th, 1970.
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Donald Grogan interview, 12 April 2005

Donald Grogan reflects on his family history with the Hanna Theater and the development of Play House Square, as well as urban development in Cleveland.

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Mary Loud interview, 12 April 2006

Mary Loud reflects on her time as a docent at the Dunham Tavern and provides a detailed history of the Tavern, how the site has developed over time, and what lies in store for the future of the museum. Poor sound quality.

Jeanette Moore interview, 14 April 2006

Jeanette Moore discusses her life living in East Cleveland and its development over time. Her work as a local public school teacher reflects a resolve to improve the community through education. Very poor sound quality.

William Becker interview, 2006

This interview with William Becker of Cleveland State University archives focuses on the history of CSU, as well as its precursor Fenn College. See also William Becker Interview, 2005 (400006) and William Becker Interview, 15 October 2014 (500047).
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Henry Loconti Interview, 21 March 2006

Henry Loconti grew up in the Italian immigrant neighborhood on Scovill Avenue on the lower Eastside. He talks about his youth growing up in this area. After he got out of the army in 1954 he started working for his brother servicing jukeboxes. He talks about the music spots around the city during this time. In 1966 he started the Agora which over time became a nationally recognized music venue. Loconti talks about some of the rock stars who appeared at the Agora over the years.