Join us for a Downtown Cleveland Bike Tour on Aug. 18

(Photo by Jason Morrison, Flickr Creative Commons)
(Photo by Jason Morrison, Flickr Creative Commons)

By Ron Davidson, Host Committee member

Do you want to see some of the many interesting and historical locations that downtown Cleveland has to offer? Do you like bike rides? Do you want to meet fellow archives professionals in a fun and casual setting before you get too busy at SAA 2015? If you answered “yes” to these questions, why not join us at the Downtown Cleveland Bike Tour on Tuesday evening, August 18, at 6:00 PM? The ride will take about two hours (or a little more), and you will see and learn a little about Cleveland landmarks such as Playhouse Square, Public Square (during renovation), the historic Erie Street Cemetery, the FREE stamp, and many others.

The tour is operated by Cleveland Bike Tours. The cost for this tour is $40, payable directly to the tour operator via their secure payment site. (We suggest you use this link to ensure registration in the SAA group tour.) No need to bring your own bike; one will be provided. But you can bring your own if you wish and get a $10 discount. After you register, please be sure to complete the Cleveland Bike Tours online waiver form. We will meet outside FirstEnergy Stadium (the home of the Cleveland Browns) before the tour starts at 6:00. (You will receive detailed information about the meeting site after you register.)

So, join us on August 18th to get some exercise, meet colleagues, and see some of what Cleveland has to offer. For more information about the tour, contact Cleveland Bike Tours at or call (330) 532-8687.

Let’s go for a ride!

Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio). 967 MTD El Rey Lowrider bicycle. Custom parts and candy paint and stereo. Source: Kiloz Oner This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio). 967 MTD El Rey Lowrider bicycle. Custom parts and candy paint and stereo. Source: Kiloz Oner This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Cleveland Food and Drink

By Rita Knight-Gray

West Side Market
West Side Market. (Image courtesy of Erik Drost via Flickr, creative commons license.)

Ohio Liquor License Law states that bars and entertainment places that sell alcohol must serve food,  so every bar in Cleveland is also an eatery–and most have ridiculously good food.

The Central Market on the east side of the downtown area was built in 1856 containing over 200 tenants. A $1.3 million bond was issued in 1946 to renovate the market. When the market house burned down, the mayor’s administration directed the bond money for the renovation of the West Side Market.

East 4th Street, Gateway District
East 4th Street, Gateway District. (Image courtesy of Destination Cleveland)

In the 1990s, the Gateway Project was created to build a baseball stadium (Progressive Field), an arena (Quicken Loans), retail, housing, and a variety of restaurants. Owned by the city of Cleveland and managed by the Gateway Economic Development Corp., the area contains 30 different pubs and eateries providing fine dining, sports, fusion soul food, wine, beer, and tequila specialties, chocolate drinks, and desserts in the Gateway District 9th to 4th Street, Euclid Ave. to Carnegie Ave. And try a Gateway Tour!

Archives 2015 Schedule & Registration Now Online

Curious what’s in store for Archives 2015? Check out the preliminary program, which is now online. You can view a detailed preliminary schedule, limit by event type, and search. You can also create an account or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Now that you’ve seen all the great education sessions, pre-conference workshops, tours, and more happening in Cleveland this August, get registered! Registration is now open on the official Archives 2015 Attend page, where you can learn all about rates, deadlines, hotels, and more.

Don’t wait too long! The pre-conference workshops and tours have limited registration and can fill up fast!

(Also: Please note that you must register for tours individually, according to the instructions specified on the program for that tour. Registration for tours is not part of the official SAA registration form, nor does adding the tour to your personal “schedule” count as registering. Please see individual tours for detailed instructions on how to register.)

We look forward to seeing you!