Two extraordinarily restored buildings on Western Reserve Academy’s campus – President’s House and the school’s iconic Chapel – have been honored with Preservation Awards from Hudson Heritage Association.

The inaugural awards were announced and presented at HHA’s annual members-only celebration on May 10 inside WRA’s Chapel.

Created in 2017, the Hudson Heritage Association Preservation Awards recognize, honor and celebrate historic Hudson properties, buildings and landscapes that have been preserved or restored within the last five years.

Nominated properties are reviewed by independent judges who tour the site…

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Annual Members Event with Tom Vince at WRA Chapel

HHA Members, please plan to join us on May 10 at 7:00 PM at the Chapel on the campus of Western Reserve Academy for a very special evening.  Tom Vince will present a program about the history of the Chapel bell, and we will honor our inaugural Preservation Award winners, among other business. The evening will conclude with a wine and dessert reception.

Examining the 300-year-old bell in the belfry of Western Reserve Academy’s Chapel are…

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HHA to Explore Life at WRA in the 40s, 50s and 60s

April 12 meeting will feature presentation from WRA alumnus Donovan Husat.

HUDSON, Ohio – Western Reserve Academy in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s was a much different school than it is today. It was a much smaller school with an all-male student body, and there was little cultural diversity among its 250 students.

“Life at Reserve isn’t tough,” English master Franklin Reardon used to tell incoming students, “It’s far tougher.”

At Hudson Heritage Association’s April meeting, Western Reserve Academy alumnus and…

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How Bedford Saved Its History

Hudson Heritage Association’s March 8 meeting will feature Betsy Squire Lee, president of Bedford Historical Society. The story of how a Cleveland suburb preserved, protected and honored its history will be the subject.

Betsy Squire Lee will reveal how a single bookcase in a window grew into what is now the thriving Bedford Historical Society, a 63-year-old organization her father…

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Intrigue and Innovation as History within the CVNP

The cultural and environmental history of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, told through one of its most historic properties – the Brown-Bender Farm – will be the topic of Hudson Heritage Association’s February meeting.

HHA will welcome National Park Service Outdoor Recreation Planner Bill Hunter to Barlow Community Center on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Brown-Bender Farmhouse, a large Greek Revival home constructed in…

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2018 Program Schedule

Happy New Year!

Please note the following General Meeting dates for the remainder of Winter and Spring – there will be no January program:

February 8
March 8
April 12
May 10*
*annual meeting/event for HHA members only

Stay tuned for program topics – We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

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Hale Farm & Village Director to Speak at December HHA Event

The 200-year story of Jonathan Hale’s farm, from acres of Western Reserve wilderness to a one-of-a-kind living museum will be the subject of Hudson Heritage Association’s December meeting.

HHA will welcome Hale Farm & Village Director Jason Klein to Barlow Community Center on Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Klein will explore the history of Hale’s farm, from before Jonathan Hale’s arrival in 1810…

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Save the Date – December Program

Join us for our December 14, 2017 Program when guest speaker Jason Klein, Director, Hale Farm and Village presents “Hale Farm & Village: Family Farm to Living History Museum Through Historic Preservation.”

Explore the Hale family’s farm in the Cuyahoga Valley and its transformation into a living history museum. Learn how a program termed “Preservation Through Relocation” turned the 125 acre property into a collection of architecturally significant structures…

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Neighbors Join Forces to Research Their Historic Homes

Hudson Heritage Association’s November meeting will feature next-door neighbors – the Swedenborgs at 94 Aurora Street and the Campanellis at 98 Aurora Street – speaking about how they joined together to research their historic homes and earn HHA Historic Markers.

The meeting will be Thursday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Barlow Community Center. It is free and open to the public.

On their…

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October Meeting Explores the Man Behind Stan Hywet’s Gardens

The life and work of Warren H. Manning, one of America’s preeminent landscape architects and the man behind the stunning grounds at Stan Hywet, Biltmore and the 1893 Columbian Exposition, will be the subject of Hudson Heritage Association’s October 12 meeting. The meeting, at 7:30 p.m. inside Barlow Community Center, is free and open to the public.

Speakers Gloria J. Schreiber and Rebecca Rogers, both landscape historians, will focus on the work they contributed to a new biography on…

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