Planning for the second annual Cleveland History Days is well under way and as we wrote in the April issue of Marker Lights, Midwest Railway Preservation Society is participating by holding open house events on Saturday June 29th and Sunday June 30th.
The complete schedule of events will be available soon on line through our partnership with Canalway Partners and we will keep you posted through our Facebook page as well. There is a wide variety of events planned that will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about Cleveland's rich heritage.
An interesting twist this year is a plan to award points for each event that an individual attends with prizes awarded at the closing ceremony to those who have accumulated the most points. Points will be different for each event based on whether the event is free or requires an admission fee and will require online registration in advance in order to be eligible for the points. Our open house for example will be worth three points, and we will also be donating an "Engineer for an Hour" certificate to be used as one of the prizes.
Anyone attending our open house on Saturday June 29th will also have the opportunity to attend a presentation by Cleveland author and historian Chris Whipple. Chris will talk about his book, "Cleveland's Colorful Characters", and also discuss America's railroad history and how prominent Cleveland families were instrumental in building them. His talk is tentatively scheduled for 12:00 noon.
This is the first year that Midwest is participating in Cleveland History Days and we are hoping that our open houses as well as all of the other scheduled activities are well attended. More details will be forthcoming on social media and next month's newsletter.