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Historic Vehicles Await You at the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum

Published: March 25, 2013 12:00 AM

Those interested in the Cleveland-area's transportation history can visit the newly-renovated Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, maintained by the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The museum, which reopened in February, highlights a variety of automobiles, aircraft, bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles and even motorcycles.

The historical society's collection of transportation vehicles is the centerpiece for Setting the World In Motion.

Our newest exhibit featuring the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection focuses on making the collection more accessible to the public.It enables visitors to understand the worldwide impact of the accomplishments of Northeast Ohio through the visitors experiences in the exhibit, said Gainor Davis, President and CEO, WRHS.

The Crawford Collection of historic vehicles was donated to the Western Reserve Historical Society in 1963. Prior to that, the collection was privately owned by TRW, Inc. and was housed in the Thompson Products Auto Album. Since the donation, the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection has grown to include approximately 150 vehicles and aircraft.

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Highlights from the collection include:

A 1909 Hupmobile

1924 White Model 15-45 Bus (Yellowstone Park Bus)

Three stainless steel automobiles

A 1929 Great Lakes 2T-1A Sport Trainer, and

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1944 North American P-51D-NT-10 Mustang, Second Fiddle.

Setting the World In Motion really talks about Cleveland as the centerpiece in the early days of transportation in this country, said Jane Mason, media representative. In the early 20th century, there were more than 100 manufacturing companies making automobiles in Cleveland. The airplane exhibit goes over the air races that were in Cleveland.

The museum offers a phenomenal wealth of history on the Cleveland area, Mason said.

Mason said the newly renovated area of the museum was designed to be more accessible.

We added restrooms which are ADA, and an elevator which can take patrons to the different levels of the museum, Mason said. The heating and air conditioning systems were also revamped. There is better lighting, and the space is more patron-friendly.

Visitors to the museum can visit the newly-renovated section as well as the lower level of the Crawford Auto Aviation museum, which will be renovated sometime in the future, Mason said. The Western Reserve Historical Society is currently raising money for the removation.

On Sept. 21 and 22, the historical society will host a Wings and Wheels event, said Becky Carlino, associate director of development.

This will be a signature event, Carlino said. We're excited about this weekend, this is a brand new event.

Features will include programs, lectures and how-tos on automobiles and airplanes, as well as family activities, Carlino said.

Other highlights at the History Center

Families can bring their children to the Kidzibits Family Education Space, which is included with the general museum admission.

There is a section for children ages 6 to 9, which includes activities showing how clothing, cooking, travel and more have changed over the years. There also is a section for preschool-aged children, called In the Backyard of History.

The Western Reserve Historical Society also maintains the Hay-McKinney and Bingham-Hanna Houses, two Italian Renaissance-style building that make up a part of the history center.

In addition, those interested in history and geneology can utilize the historical society's research library.

Hours and admission at the History Center and the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum

The History Center and museum is at 10825 East Blvd. in University Circle.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The research library is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger, active military and Western Reserve Historical Society members are free. Parking is $5.

For details, call 216-721-5722 or visit www.wrhs.org online.

Hale Farm and Village

Hale Farm and Village, located in Bath within the Cuyahoga Valley National Parks, is an outdoor living history museum. The facility includes 32 historic buildings and a working farm. Visitors can see demonstrations in blacksmithing, broom making, candlemaking, glassblowing, pottery, and spinning and weaving, as well as listen to and interpreted sites with costumed staff. In 2012, Hale Farm brought in a team of milking shorthorn oxen which demonstrate 19th century farm chores. Also, this past fall, a new chicken coop was completed.

Hale Farm and Village is a working farm, Carlino said. We are moving towards making sure children and their parents know about farming and where their food comes from.

One new event this year will be the Hale Home and Garden Tour on June 29 and 30, Carlino said.

For details on Hale Farm, call 330-666-3711. The event will highlight the gardens and the beauty of the homes on the museum grounds.

One of the most popular events is the Civil War reenactment and encampment, which will take place in August, Carlino said.

This is the largest reenactment in Ohio, Carlino said. This year, we expect more than 400 reenactors. This is a public favorite. I anticipate this year to be especially big, with the anniversary of Gettysburg.

Hale Farm and Village is at 2686 Oak Hill Road. For details, call 330-666-3711 or visit the Western Reserve Historical Society's website online.


2013 events at Hale Farm and Village

A Fugitive's Path: Escape from the Underground Railroad

When: April 6, 13 and 20, and Nov. 8 and 9, starting at 6 p.m.

Cost: $15 WRHS members, $20 for non-members, $12 for students

Hale Farms historic buildings and grounds become fictional Underground Railroad sites in this dynamic living history program that allows you to become part of the story.

Scouts on the Circle

When: May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Call for details

The Western Reserve Historical Society, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Botanical Garden and The Cleveland Museum of Art have joined together to create a special day full of activities designed to meet partial badge requirements and guaranteed to enrich the scouting experience.

Hale Home and Garden Tour

When: June 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $10

A home and garden tour of the Hale Farm and Village museum.

Music In the Valley

When: July 13 and 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $10 adults, $5 children

Join Hale Farm for the 38th Annual Music in the Valley Celebration at Hale Farm & Village, presented in concert with Folknet.

Made in Ohio Craft Festival

When: Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $5 general, free for WRHS members

Features more than 80 different vendors have brought Ohio-made, Ohio-grown, Ohio-produced arts, crafts and foods.

Harvest Festival

When: Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20

Cost: $10 adults, $5 children

The Hale Farm barnyards are alive with harvest activities and animals, including chickens, oxen, hogs, and sheep. Other activities include pumpkin painting, wagon rides through the grounds, a huge pile of hay and samples and tastes of the fall season.

Holiday Lantern Tours

When: Dec. 7, 13-15, and 18-23, starting at 6 p.m.

Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members, $12 for children ages 3-12

With lantern in hand, stroll through the Western Reserve Village and discover the seasonal traditions and lore from local residents. Afterward,enjoy Victorian-era holidaytreats in the Jonathan Hale House, which are decorated for the season.

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