Cleveland native Brad Schwartz, author of The 1936-1937 Great Lakes Exposition, will be speaking on Monday, September 25, at 7 p.m., in Rodman Main Auditorium. Using 200 vintage photographs, his book tells the story of the Great Lakes Exposition that was held in Cleveland, Ohio, in the summers of 1936 and 1937, which drew in seven million visitors.
The exposition was used to celebrate Cleveland’s centennial anniversary and to help lift the city from its economic hardships due to the Great Depression. It showcased an impressive display of ever-changing attractions and feature events – culture of 40 of the world’s countries, latest technological advances and Shakespearean theatrical performances to name a few. Many of the photographs featured in the book are from the author’s private collection that were taken by the his father in 1936 and have never been published. Additional images were obtained from the Cleveland Memory Project.
Raised in Cleveland, Schwartz has resided in Columbus for more than 30 years. For the last thirteen years, Mr. Schwartz has been employed by the State of Ohio’s Emergency Management Agency as the State Emergency Operations Planner. He previously worked in public and private sector energy industry research, and also community development. Schwartz holds a Master of Science in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. He and his family live in a c.1872 farmhouse which is listed in the Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. Copies of Schwartz’s book will be available for purchase at the time of the program. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, call the Main Library at 330-821-2665, ext. 107.