By Janet Carleton and Jennie Thomas, Host Committee co-chairs

The #SAA15 Host Committee is so very happy to welcome you to Cleveland!

We’ve shared with you almost everything we know about Cleveland and the local Northeast Ohio area, and we hope you’re able to use that information to have an amazing time while you’re in town! Our fabulous Host Committee, alongside a great group of volunteers, will be staffing the registration desk as well as the Convention Center’s St. Clair Avenue entrance for the week, and we look forward to answering your questions and helping you navigate your week. SAA has also arranged for the Cleveland visitors bureau, Destination Cleveland, to have a table at the Convention Center to provide you with even more information on what to see and do!

And now for something every visitor to Cleveland needs to see…


Neighborhoods: Warehouse District

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee co-chair

The Warehouse District is a nationally recognized historic district located in downtown Cleveland. It is roughly bound by Front Avenue, Superior Avenue, West 3rd Street, and West 10th Street. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. There are a number of clubs and neighborhood bars, and restaurants for your entertainment, including Bar Louie, Barroco, the Blue Point, Brasa, Chop, Hanabi Sushi, Taza, Gillespie’s Map Room, Take 5, the Velvet Dog, and many more.

Courtesy of the LAND Studio

The Warehouse District is also home to a public art installation, Warehouse District Anthology, a collection of stories depicting the history of Cleveland’s first neighborhood. Designed like book pages, each freestanding element is the artistic creation of artist Corrie Slawson, exploring Cleveland history as curated and written by Thomas Yablonsky. Another major landmark in the Warehouse District is Cleveland’s Old Stone Church, the oldest building on Public Square and the second church ever built within the city limits.

See the Warehouse District’s website for more information on these attractions, restaurants, and much more!

Neighborhoods: Gateway District

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee co-chair

Courtesy of www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com

Just steps away from the Renaissance and the Convention Center, the Gateway District is home to East 4th Street, unique stores and bars, Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena, and five hotels. The area is a perfect spot to step out during lunchtime or unwind after a long day. Don’t-miss restaurants include Chinato, the Greenhouse Tavern, Lola, Pura Vida, the Flaming Ice Cube, Erie Island Coffee Company, and Vincenza’s — though honestly it would be very hard to go wrong with any of the food in this area! The CLE Clothing Company is a must-stop-shop for Cleveland-associated clothing and tchotckes. For more information on the Gateway District, check out their website or Yelp to decide where to go!

New Exhibit “The Quickening: The Archives Profession in Northeast Ohio, 1957-1977”

A new exhibit has opened in the Special Collections Hatch Reading Room at Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, “The Quickening: The Archives Profession in Northeast Ohio, 1957-1977.”

Created to coincide with #SAA15 in Cleveland this month, the exhibit will run through September. Hatch reading room hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact: kslspecialcollections@case.edu.

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Neighborhoods: Hingetown

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee Co-Chair

Courtesy of Urban Orchid.

Hingetown is located on the “hinge” between Ohio City’s Market District, Gordon Square, and the Warehouse District. On their website, they lay claim to a “kick ass art museum, unbelievably delicious coffee, the best florist, dynamic residential opportunities, & much much more.” Businesses includes the Urban Orchid, Dean Rufus House of Fun, Harness Cycle, and Ohio City Dog Haven, as well as Rising Star Coffee Roasters, the Beet Jar, Cleveland Tea Revival, and the Jukebox bar.

The historic Transformer Station has been renovated into a contemporary art gallery. The Transformer Station’s collections and summer concerts draw thousands to the area.

Definitely stop by Hingetown next week!

Courtesy of the Beet Jar.

Religious Services

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

Temple Tifereth Israel (Photographer Stu Spivack via Flickr Creative Commons)
Temple Tifereth Israel (Photographer Stu Spivack via Flickr Creative Commons

For our observant colleagues and those who appreciate the benefits of quiet moments in sacred spaces, here are some of Cleveland’s downtown houses of worship.

Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist
1007 Superior Avenue; masses daily

Old Stone Church
91 Public Square; Sunday services

Trinity Cathedral (Episcopalian)
2230 Euclid Ave; services on Sundays and Thursdays

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
2062 E. 30th St; Sunday services.

These sources can assist in finding other churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques:

Cleveland Old Stone Church
Cleveland Old Stone Church (Photographer James E. Walker. Jr. via Flickr Creative Commons)