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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 Willoughby Medical College,
                                                   Eli Tarbell and the Resurrectionists"

May 27, 2015, 7:00 PM                 LCHS Program to be announced.

September 23, 2015, 7:00 PM       O’Ryan Room, joint meeting with W.H.S. & W.E. Library.
                                                   Program to be announced.

DID YOU KNOW?  (posted 12-16-2014) 

The statutory form of government prescribed in state law for the operation of villages and cities is a "one size fits all” government, designed to serve communities of any size – from a handful of people to a population of millions.  Many inefficiencies can exist in this statutory form of government.  Adopting a city charter allows a community to tailor-make its governmental organization to fit its size and needs.

Charter government can be either City Manager type, like Mentor, Painesville, or Cleveland Heights; or Mayor-Council type, as in Willoughby Hills.  The November 1970 election in which the Willoughby Hills city charter was adopted was not the first time the voters had an opportunity to adopt a charter.

In 1959, a Charter Commission was elected to frame a village charter.  This group chose the manager form of government.  However, there was much concern over the possibility of having to hire a full time manager for a community of this small size. On October 4, 1960, the voters turned down the proposed charter, and it was ten years before another attempt was made to draft a charter.

March 1991 Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved.