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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".


The Historic Lake County Alliance is comprised of Historic Sites and Historic Organizations in Lake County.  The “Treasure Tour” is an opportunity to explore Lake County and see some of its rich history and learn about its early settlers.  This is a very good project for students and their families to do together as it provides an opportunity to teach a bit of Lake County history to all.

The $2.00 map purchase actually contains a rough map, (not a street map) a list of instructions and a list of clues that will guide you to a total of 15 sites.  We enjoyed preparing the clues and we hope that you will enjoy finding the sites.  The entire tour does not have to be done in one day, but must be done in the order the clues are listed.  There are several interesting places to visit along the way, so allow time for them.


DID YOU KNOW?  (posted 9-22-2015)

The United States has had 28 flags, 27 official and one unofficial.  There have been numerous variations of these, some official, and some not.  The first and unofficial flag came into use late in 1775 and was used until June 13, 1777.  It represented the thirteen colonies and did not have any stars.  It had thirteen stripes alternately red and white with a blue field in the upper left-hand corner displaying the cross of St. George of England.  On June 14, 1777, congress adopted a resolution stipulating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be thirteen stars white in a blue field representing a new constellation”.  There was no mention of how many points the stars should have or how they should be arranged.  As a result, a number of versions appeared.  When the next two states were added, a resolution was adopted fixing the flag at 15 stars and 15 stripes.  This flag served from 1795 to 1818.  When five more states were added in 1818, a law was passed providing for 20 stars and 13 stripes representing the thirteen colonies.  Each time a state was added, a star would be added on the next July 4th.  The 48 star flag was in use the longest of any, starting on July 4, 1912 and lasting until July 3, 1959 when Alaska was admitted to the union.

July 1992 Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved.