February 13th: A Higbees History

Our February speaker will be Cleveland author, Mr Jim Toman. Mr. Toman will be discussing his latest book on Cleveland area history, “A Higbees History: From Designer Labels to Casino Tables”.


James A. Toman was born in a southeast suburb of Cleveland. At an early age, he became fascinated with the city’s streetcars. With time, his interests broadened to encompass many aspects of Cleveland history. One result of that interest was his co-founding Cleveland Landmarks Press…

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Thu November 14, 2013: Engaging The Future with Craig Tallman, CEO and President of the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad

Hudson Heritage Association’s November 14th presentation is ”Engaging the Future” with Mr. Craig Tallman, CEO and President of Cuyahoga Valley Railroad. Mr. Tallman, a Hudsonite, will describe the history of CVSR with archival photos, telling how the railroad has grown over the years and addressing how, as a non-profit organization, it is preparing for the future.

Mr. Tallman will provide an overview of the history of the railroad, share archival photos and discuss how CVSR has grown over the years to become one of the…

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Hudson Heritage Pays Tribute To Don Reisig

Hudson Heritage Association will be honoring Don Reisig at our October 2013 meeting on Thursday, October 10th. Don has restored over 100 historic structures in the Ohio Western Reserve over the past 50 years, many of which are on the National Register today.


Don received his Journeymenship Certificate in carpentry and cabinetmaking in 1956. Don’s work as a General Contractor began in the mill work division of Forest City Lumber Co. While Don’s work is generally in the…

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Thomas Jefferson: An Architectural Revolutionary” at May 9th HHA Meeting

James C. Newman, a Hudson resident who teaches history at Hawken School, will be the featured speaker at the Hudson Heritage Association meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Barlow Community Center at 7:30PM. His topic will be “Thomas Jefferson: an Architectural Revolutionary”. The meeting is open to the public.


Newman, who graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1989, holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree from Dartmouth. He taught history and English at…

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William Firestone, Author, will discuss Transformation of the Northwest Territory, Founding of the Ohio Country at April Meeting

Hudson Heritage Association will host author William Firestone at its monthly meeting April 11 when the Ohio native provides highlights from his recent book, “Grandeur and Grace in the Ohio Country: Building America from the Ground Up, 1786-1860.”

Firestone’s book focuses on the impact transplanted New England culture had on the character of the Northwest Territory and later, Ohio. His research centers on four building types – courthouses, inns and taverns, homes and churches – that served as the “building blocks” for the communities that…

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HHA partners with City of Hudson to sponsor the Heritage Home Program

New Cleveland Restoration Society Program offers technical assistance, financial aid to the owners of older homes in Hudson.


Hudson Heritage Association will host Jessica Ugarte on Thursday, March 14th 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barlow Community Center, S. Oviatt St. She will be sharing information about the Heritage Home Program, sponsored by the Cleveland Restoration Society.

For the past 20 years, the Heritage Home Program (HHP) has helped owners of older homes in NE Ohio preserve their properties…

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19th Century Buildings Materials in the Spotlight at Hudson Heritage Meeting

John Burnell, proprietor of Mason’s Mark, a Kent-based firm engaged in the restoration and conservation of historic masonry, will talk about traditional methods and materials behind some of the Western Reserve’s historic architecture when he speaks to members and guests of the Hudson Heritage Association February 14. Burnell will focus on the brick and stone masonry used throughout the region during the 19th century, discuss common construction methods used at that time and explain the old-world origins of these materials spanning back several millennia….

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Dan Ruminski

Barlow Community Center, S Oviatt St.


Story teller Dan Ruminski will be on hand to showcase his distinctive storyteller’s art on a large topic: John D. Rockefeller and his Cleveland legacy.

Some may recall that Grace Goulder Izant, one of the charter members of HHA, was the author of an excellent book (still in print), John D. Rockefeller: the Cleveland Years.


At its height of grandeur, Millionaires Row in Cleveland stretched four miles…

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HHA Will Tour Two Downtown Hudson Historic Buildings Thursday, Oct 11th

For its regularly scheduled monthly meeting October 11, Hudson Heritage Association members and guests will tour two properties recently renovated by local architect Allan Sveda.

Mr. Sveda will provide tours of his building at 13 East Main Street, an 1878 Italianate-style home known for years as the Alice Johnson property.

13 East Main Street, an 1878 Italianate-style home known for years as the Alice Johnson property.

HHA Will Tour Two Downtown Historic Buildings on Thursday, Oct 11th starting at 6:30 PM

Mr. Sveda is known for having renovated…

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100th birthday of the Hudson Clock Tower

On the 16th of September the Hudson Heritage Association will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Hudson Clock Tower.

A video tour of the clock tower and its history featuring Tom Vince and Katie Hoy, from Hudson Cable Television

Hudson Clock Tower gets a bow.

A letter of thanks from the President of Hudson Heritage Association – Published in the Hudson Hub-Times Sept 23, 2012

“Hudson Heritage Association would like to thank everyone who attended the 100th birthday celebration of the Hudson Clock Tower that took place on…

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