Browse Exhibits (3 total)

Place Making and Race

What does it mean to make a place your own? Is it a house, a family, a community? How do our memories and attachments make places meaningful to us? 

How does race intersect that meaning-making process? How does history, personal and public, interact with our experiences of a place? How do we pass on our stories of place?

This exhibit in the collection, based on the stories of East Cleveland women, examines these questions. We hope that you will respond in your own way to these explorations of place-making and race.

Community Building and Activism

How do we build community? What do we typically think of when we talk about activism? How is that different than community building? What are the intersections between the two in the stories of East Cleveland women?

It can be argued that building community and activism go hand in hand - a supportive community is necessary for sustainable activism, and activism that strives towards social justice can build an inclusive community.

The women of East Cleveland tell stories of their own brands of activism and we examine how these intersect and overlap with stories of uplifting the community.

Intergenerational Bonds

How does a sense of place and community develop? Part of the answer may be the work done intergenerationally, or between young people and their elders. This goes both ways - elders pass on the way things have been done and young people innovate, and vice versa. 

This transfer of knowledge and skills has often relied on women in their roles as mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, grandmothers and grandchildren. It is a tacit knowledge - modeling how things are done rather than telling. It is explicit knowledge - as teachers reach children. In this way, the sense of a place is constantly co-created in the agreements and tensions between generations.

The stories of East Cleveland are rich with examples of women mentoring young people and all people struggling together.