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Willoughby Hills Historical Society, Inc.

Historical IndianThe Mission of the Willoughby Hills Historical Society is to discover and preserve the historic resources of Willoughby Hills and Willoughby Township, and to encourage a preservation ethic in our community.

The Willoughby Hills Historical Society was founded in March of 1988 and was certified as a Not-For-Profit Corporation on May 23, 1988.

It collects, preserves and displays or otherwise provides for study as far as may be feasible of printed material, photographs, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events and activities of the past.

The Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of the odd numbered months in the lower level of the Community Building in the "Historical Society Room" and our newsletter, REFLECTIONS, listing our program for the meeting, is sent to our members the week before the meeting.

Individual memberships are $5/yr. or $100 for life membership.  Family memberships are $7.50/yr. or $150 for life membership.  Click here for membership application.

For more information or a membership application, contact Frank or Mary Cihula at (440) 946-5557 or e‑mail at whhs-oh@att.net.

Meeting/Program Schedule for 2015:

January 28, 2015, 7:00 PM            Dale Fellows; “How the compromises of the Constitutional
                                                   Convention made the Civil War inevitable."

March 25, 2015, 7:00 PM               Dr. Ronald Taddeo; "The Real Story of Willoughby"
                                                   updated.  Note:  The program change and the meeting
                                                   will be a joint meeting with Willoughby Historical Society
                                                   and will be in the Schaefer Room.

May 27, 2015, 7:00 PM                 LCHS:  Barb Widden and Syndi Wooley; Genealogy,
                                                   writing your life's history.  Information on "Ancestry.com"
                                                   and other sites.

September 23, 2015, 7:00 PM       O’Ryan Room, joint meeting with W.H.S. & W.E. Library.
                                                   "Cleveland and the Western Reserve".


DID YOU KNOW?  (posted 7-7-2015)


          On June 9, 1947, the Ohio Legislature passed “An Act to enable counties and townships to adopt land use regulations for the unincorporated territory”.  This Act became effective September 25, 1947 and the Willoughby Township Trustees immediately appointed a Township Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals to draft and administer a zoning resolution.  They surveyed existing land uses and after consultation with professional advisors and the general public, developed the zone map and text for approval by the voters.  This was submitted to the Board of Trustees on March 25, 1948.  After the incorporation of Willoughby Hills in 1954, this zoning resolution became the basis for the Village zoning laws known as Ordinance 1954-30.  After many amendments and additional ordinances for additional use districts, the many ordinances, with their numerous amendments, were codified into book form in 1974.  These ordinances, with their numerous amendments constitutes our current City Zoning Code.  (Editors note:  This code was replaced with a new code in April of 2006)

March 1992 Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved.