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Gather at Mather Mansion for a Tour, Talk and Libations

Mather Mansion

The parties were packed with elite businessmen and socialite spouses, dressed in the latest fashions and prepared for evenings that included eight-course meals, live bands in a ballroom, and décor you’d find at weddings. The residents of Cleveland’s Millionaire’s Row spared no expense when entertaining.

One of the Row’s last standing mansions is the 45-room Mather Mansion completed in 1910. At the time, it was the largest home on the street and the most expensive mansion in Cleveland. From its third-floor ballroom with 16-foot ceilings to the handcrafted woodwork, the mansion’s exquisite details tell the story of a lavish lifestyle during a time when Cleveland was one of the country’s top industrial cities.

Today, the Mather Mansion at 2605 Euclid Ave. is one of the last Millionaire’s Row mansions standing. Join Cleveland Storyteller Dan Ruminski at the Mather Mansion on Saturday, March 25, 3 to 6 p.m., for a tour, talk, open beer and wine bar, and hors d’oeuvres.

Climb the grand, spiral staircase leading to the vast ballroom. Imagine living in Cleveland’s past, dancing at a Mather Mansion party and listening to the Cleveland Orchestra there-or any number of national musical acts that would visit specifically for these parties. Step into the vestibule. Most of us would love to live in a home the size of this single space. The sheer enormity and grandeur of the Mather Mansion is only experienced when standing inside it, and listening to stories that illuminate Cleveland history.

Join us for this animated tour and social gathering by emailing Dan at
, or calling 216.326.7700. Tickets for the event are $20. We hope to see you there!

You Asked… Answers to 3 Questions About Life during Cleveland’s Past

Rockefeller’s Estate

People are intrigued when they hear stories about Cleveland’s past-the mansions, the parties, the industry, the society, the way of life. Learning more about Cleveland “back then” always sparks questions.

Here are three questions I answer all the time after my Cleveland Storyteller presentations. (There are many more that I’ll share with you in future blogs. Stay tuned!) Continue reading You Asked… Answers to 3 Questions About Life during Cleveland’s Past

Chardonnay with a Cleveland Story

The Cleveland Storyteller at a wine tasting event
The Cleveland Storyteller at a wine tasting event

I had a wonderful evening and presentation at a marvelous wine shop in Solon, OH. Owner, Kathi Hays wanted to do a wine tasting event combined with my presentation on Millionaires Row.

The following are Kathi’s comments on the event. I believe such events could be successful for all kinds of businesses that want customer presence at their location.

Dan Ruminski
Cleveland Storyteller Continue reading Chardonnay with a Cleveland Story

Horse Country Road Tour – Fundraising that’s Fun

The Storyteller at the 5th Anniversary "Horse Country Road Tour." (photo)
5th Anniversary "Horse Country Road Tour" -- Click to see Facebook Photo Album

My quest to use Cleveland history in promoting pride in Cleveland took a giant step forward as I presented at the 5th Anniversary “Horse Country Road Tour.” I wrote about this event last year as I so much enjoyed this unique charitable event sponsored by Leikin Motor Companies. My friend Tom Barrett does a marvelous job of pulling this event together with great volunteers to raise money for Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

A collection of some eighty antique cars is this core ofthe event. Each year Tom arranges to visit historical locomotives in this area. As we arrive, we tour each location while I give the relevant history. Then back to White North Stables in beautiful Hunting Valley, Ohio where we have a wonderful dinner and I do more telling of the history of the area. Tom shared with me that since adding the history component to the event two years ago, participation has nearly doubled. Tom always likes to make my day.

I write today because I think over the years fundraising has become rather predictable. Tom’s vision is just the opposite as he and his friends are able to raise thousands of dollars in a truly extremely enjoyable and unique event.

The following pictures probably will tell the story better than your Storyteller – included are those representing the places we visited this year.