The WRHS website (www.wrhs.org) currently offers this cautionary note for people planning a visit to its University Circle complex:
“Please note that the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection galleries will close Monday, September 5, in preparation for a major renovation of the entire Crawford exhibit area. The Crawford galleries are scheduled to reopen in September 2012. All remaining areas of the History Center, including the Library, Kidzibits Family Education Center, Hay-McKinney Mansion, and exhibit galleries will remain open throughout the renovations.
Please stay tuned to this site for updates on the construction project.”
Speaking of the Hay-McKinney Mansion, did you catch the “Full House” column by Julie E. Washington, in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer (Thursday, Sept 1, 2011; page E-1). She shares her impressions of this part of the History Center, which she toured after it was re-opened recently following extensive maintenance work. You can access her column, with her historical notes about the mansion, by going to http://www.cleveland.com/insideout/index.ssf/2011/09/full_house_hay-mckinney_mansio.html.
There’s even a video featuring chief curator Dean Zimmerman, who served as Washington's tour guide during her recent visit.Please note that the Library, Archives, and Genealogy Center will continue to be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.