The monthly newsletter of the Cleveland Restoration Society, NEO's voice for historic preservation. We believe in the future of our built heritage,
from our neighborhoods to our monumental landmarks.

February 2017 Preservation News & Events
Mo dern-Day Monuments Woman Coming to Cleveland March 2 
Safeguarding centuries-old sites against modern terrorist and war activities is a day in the life for Dr. Laurie Rush, cultural historian for the US Army. You will not want to miss Dr. Rush's first-ever appearance in Cleveland. Come to the Cleveland Restoration Society's 2017 Community Luncheon on Thursday, March 2 to hear Dr. Rush as keynote speaker. An international expert on the protection of cultural heritage during times of armed conflict, she has been called a modern-day monuments woman because of her work related to protecting important sites in the Middle East. The Community Luncheon will be held at the Westin Cleveland Downtown, 777 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland on March 2 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Platinum Sponsors are Sandvick Architects, Inc.; Precision Environmental Co. and the National Trust Community Investment Corp. Additional sponsorships and table hosting opportunities are available.

Last Week to Submit 2017 Preservation Award Nominations
Help celebrate the amazing preservation projects in Northeast Ohio last year by nominating a project to receive recognition at the 2017 Celebration of Preservation. Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 15. The Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland's Annual preservation awards program recognizes individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence and outstanding commitment to historic preservation. Awards will be determined by a jury and announced during the Celebration of Preservation in May.

Federal Historic Preservation Tax Update
In a January 19 policy webinar, ( watch the webinar here in case you missed it), the National Trust for Historic Preservation urged state and local partners and members of the redevelopment community to take a Political Connections Survey. This survey will help the Trust to coordinate advocacy outreach efforts to members of Congress. Developers, financial advisors, tax credit syndicators, accountants, attorneys, preservation consultants, architects, construction managers, engineers - please take a moment and complete this survey!

Bears Ears National Monument
Three New National Monuments Designated
President Obama designated three new national monuments before he left office: Bears Ears, Gold Butte, and the Birmingham and Annison Civil Rights National Monuments. Named for a pair of buttes in San Juan County, Utah, Bears Ears comprises 1.35 million acres featuring an array of cultural and archaeological sites including Ice Age hunting camps, cliff dwellings, prehistoric villages, petroglyphs and pictographs that help to tell the story of 12,000 years of human history in that region. Utah legislators are attempting to have the designation rescinded by President Donald Trump. Gold Butte, northeast of Las Vegas, is known as the Nevada portion of the Grand Canyon and home to numerous cultural, historic and natural wonders. The Birmingham and Anniston Civil Rights National Monuments honor the pivotal role of Birmingham, Alabama and the enduring legacy of the Freedom Riders in the civil rights movement, and illuminate the long march towards racial justice in America. Bears Ears National Monument shown here, photo by Bureau of Land Management.

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History Fund ad
Support Ohio Heritage through the Ohio History Fund!
Now's the time to make a donation on your Ohio Tax return to the Ohio History Fund. This Fund supports history projects in Ohio's communities. The Ohio History Fund was created to promote the preservation and sharing of Ohio's heritage by funding local, regional and statewide projects, programs, and events related to the broad sweep of the state's history. The more funding that the History Fund receives through tax check offs, the more grants that can be made to Ohio communities. The goal for the Ohio History Fund tax check off in 2017 is $88,000 - that's just $9 (the average tax check off donation) from 9,800 contributors, out of more than 3 million state income tax refund recipients. Please consider donating to the Ohio History Fund this year!

Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Deadline Approaching
The Round 18 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Intent to Apply form deadline is fast approaching! The form is due no later than February 15. Prior to submitting an application for Round 18 of the OHPTC program, applicants must submit an Intent to Apply form. The form provides the Ohio Development Services Agency with basic information about anticipated projects prior to full application submission and must be submitted for a project to be considered for funding.

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Funds Available for Energy Efficiency Improvements
The Ohio Development Services Agency is accepting applications for the Energy Loan Fund. The fund helps small businesses, manufacturers, nonprofits, and local governments implement energy efficiency improvements to lower energy use and costs. Eligible applicants receive low-interest financing to install efficiency measures that reduce energy by at least 15 percent. Technical assistance is also available to facilitate the required energy audit for potential applicants. A Letter of Intent to apply should be submitted by May 15, 2017. Qualified applicants who have submitted the Letter of Intent will receive written instructions from Ohio Development Services Agency on how to access the online loan application.
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Cuyahoga Voices and Vision
CAC Presents Cuyahoga Voices & Vision Report
In mid-2015, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture embarked on a project to understand how they could best support the creative life of Cuyahoga County residents today and for years to come. They're pleased to share Cuyahoga Voices & Vision , a listening project and roadmap for the next decade based on thousands of conversations with county residents, the arts community, and you.

USGBC Ohio Launches  
The US Green Building Council of Ohio (USGBC Ohio) has been created from four regional chapters (including the NEO chapter) that have merged into a new singular, statewide organization. The USGBC OHIO represents over 5,000 LEED professionals, over 350 national member Ohio-based firms, nearly 400 individual members, and over 2,000 owners of LEED certified buildings with the mission of "transforming Ohio to be more healthy, prosperous, and sustainable." Their updated mission is based on three core tenants: Advocacy - advance green policies and practices to positively impact all Ohioans; Education - provide knowledge and expertise on cutting-edge sustainably based strategies; and Community - be a leader in social equity initiatives to bring "green" benefits to all Ohioans.


Opportunity at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
The Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is looking for a temporary seasonal part-time grounds keeper from May 1 through September 16, 2017. Must be a veteran with honorable discharge. Must have a love of American History and desire to assist in the preservation and maintenance of a nationally significant Civil War Monument and to teach the public about its importance. The deadline to apply is very soon: 4:00 p.m. on February 10! To apply, submit resume, cover letter and copy of DD-214 or other proof of Honorable Discharge Certificate to: Tim Daley, Executive Director, at .

Annual Shaker Photo Contest
The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission seeks submissions to its annual Preservation Month Photo Contest. The contest encourages residents and visitors to submit images that showcase the beauty of the city's architecture, parks, and neighborhoods. For the 2017, one or more winners will be selected from the following categories: Buildings; Parks and Public Spaces; and Moreland Neighborhood (special focus for 2017). Submissions will be accepted online through March 31, and winners will be announced in May. The contest is free and open to all. Contact Christian Roadman at or 216-491-1433 with any questions. 2016 Landscape & Nature 1st Place Winner Fiona Payne picture here. 

News from the Sarah Benedict House
The Cleveland Restoration Society is pleased to announce the addition of Stephanie Allen to our staff. Stephanie brings years of nonprofit experience in graphic arts, writing, and editing to her new role as Marketing & Events Specialist. Most recently, she had a fellowship at the Gordon Square Arts District. Stephanie is already working to make the upcoming Community Luncheon with Dr. Laurie Rush a great success and is planning more events for Northeast Ohio's preservation community. Welcome, Stephanie!  

Mabel O. Wilson to Lecture in Cleveland and Kent This Week
On Thursday, February 9, the Cleveland Urban Design Collective welcomes Mabel O. Wilson to their Spring Lecture Series. Her talk, "Building Racial States", at noon at the CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, will address race and nation-state formation and its implication in current social movements. She is a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where she co-directs the Global Africa Lab and appointed as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. Wilson is a founding member of Who Builds Your Architecture? - an advocacy project to educate the architectural profession about the problems of globalization and labor. She will also be speaking at the College of Architecture & Environmental Design at the Cene Lecture Hall at 5:30 pm in Kent. Her evening lecture is titled, "Notes on the Virginia Statehouse: Slavery, Race, and Jefferson's America". These events are free and open to the public. RSVP isn't required but it is requested.

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Honoring 50th Anniversary of Carl Stokes' Election
Dozens of community events have already been scheduled for 2017 as part of a yearlong commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes' historic election as mayor of Cleveland. The initiative honors Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, and seeks to build on their legacy of advocacy and action by inspiring a new generation of Northeast Ohio leaders. The commemoration will address a wide spectrum of issues through various activities during the year. The Stokes commemoration is being led by Tri-C's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Foundation, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Commission on Economic Inclusion and The City Club of Cleveland.

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Oberlin Heritage Center Table Tour
Oberlin Tablet Tour Free This Month
Explore Oberlin's abolitionist and Underground Railroad history by participating in the Freedom's Friends tablet tour offered free during February in honor of Black History month by the Oberlin Heritage Center. Borrow a user-friendly iPad from the Heritage Center to explore the community's abolitionist and Underground Railroad history any Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. throughout February. The tablet tour allows participants to move at their own pace through town and campus while learning about local landmarks and discovering new stories of sacrifice and freedom that occurred in and around historic Oberlin. The main tour covers about a mile with an option to go farther afield on foot or by car. The tablet tour can also be experienced without going outside at all.
Contact Oberlin Heritage Center for more information. 

Statehood Day 2017
Statehood Day 2017
Join your fellow history advocates at this year's annual Statehood Day event at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, March 1. Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, is the featured keynote speaker at lunchtime. The next round of History Fund grant recipients will also be announced.
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February 9
"Building Nation States" by Mabel O. Wilson
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland
Noon - 1:00 p.m., registration requested, FREE
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

February 9
"Notes on the Virginia Statehouse: Slavery, Race, and Jefferson's America" by Mabel O. Wilson
Cene Lecture Hall, College of Architecture & Environmental Design
Kent State University, Kent
5:30 - 7:00 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

February 9
"Black History on Tap: Beautiful Reflections"
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., registration required, $
Western Reserve Historical Society

February 15
"Distance Learning: Form, Function and Faith"
Lakewood Public Library, Main Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland State University's Center for Sacred Landmarks
AIA Cleveland
Lake County Educational Service Center

February 17-20
23rd Annual Medina Ice Festival
Medina Public Square
Main Street Medina

February 21
Arts and Crafts in Ohio
Shaker Historical Society, 316740 South Park Blvd, Shaker Heights
6:00-7:30 p.m., FREE for SHS Members, $$ for non-members

March 2
2017 Community Luncheon
"World Heritage in Times of Conflict" featuring Dr. Laurie Rush
The Westin Cleveland Downtown, 777 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., registration required, $$
Cleveland Restoration Society

Save the Date
March 9
Annual Contractors Open House
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Cleveland Restoration Society

March 4
National History Day - Region 3 Competition
Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., FREE
March 9
Heritage Home Program Contractors' Open House
Sarah Benedict House, 3751 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
3:00 - 6:00 p.m., FREE
Cleveland Restoration Society
March 17
Design + Heritage Symposium
The University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th St., Philadelphia, PA
9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., registration required, $$$
The University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Kerri Broome, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |