Ripples from The Land: Saving the Union – Cleveland and the Civil War Era


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry


Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $25
  • This week’s menu
    • Soup of the Day
    • Pork Marsala with Mashed Potatoes and Peas
    • Brownie


Story topic this week…

Saving the Union: Cleveland and the Civil War Era
Largely loyal to the party of Lincoln, Cleveland’s contribution to the Civil War was enormous not only in terms of troops and famous regiments, but in civic involvement — particularly by the women of Cleveland. In many ways the War charted a new future for the city — growth, new industries and powerful political clout that lasted for decades.

John Grabowski Bio


John J. Grabowski holds a joint position as the Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at Case Western Reserve University and the Krieger-Mueller Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications at the Western Reserve Historical Society. He also serves as the editor of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and The Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, both of which are available online. His research interests center on American immigration, public history, and the disjuncture between “academic” and “popular” history. John has twice served as a Fulbright Scholar at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. His most recent book is a history of Bilkent, Turkey’s first private, foundation-funded university.

Meghan Schill Bio


Meghan Schill is an Associate Editor for the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, writing, editing, and managing corrections of articles for the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University. She specializes in American history, with a focus on military, women’s, religious, and public history. She has presented original research at conferences across the country, and has spent significant time over the past three years working as an interpreter at Civil War battlefields and historic sites.

Meghan received a Bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s from Durham University in the United Kingdom, and is currently working on a PhD at Case Western Reserve University.

Ryan Chamberlain Bio


Ryan Chamberlain is Associate Editor for the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, managing many of the day-to-day operations of the publication as a Besse Fellow within the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University. He specializes in public history; local (Cleveland) urban history, and digital history, particularly the evolution of online encyclopedias and Wikipedia. In addition to developing digital eLearning content for the manufacturing industry, he has worked for several years as a history educational consultant developing curriculum guides for both film and TV including Hidden Figures, He Named Me Malala, Schindler’s List 25th Anniversary, and The Story of God With Morgan Freeman. His first book, Pistols, Politics, and the Press was published in 2008.

He received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.S. from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and is currently completing his PhD work in History at Case Western Reserve University in 2023.

When John D. Rockefeller became one of the wealthiest men in history, he made Cleveland the center of the world for a time. The ghosts of the robber barons still reside in the architecture and institutions of Cleveland, which keeps Rockefeller’s bones underneath a giant granite obelisk in Lake View cemetery – buried next to political titans, sports legends, and pop culture icons. Our new podcast series, Ripples from The Land explores the stories of Clevelanders and regional institutions that had a national and even global impact in a series of engaging conversations that focus on a history that has echoed well beyond the borders of the Forest City. From game-changing inventors, to influential artists, architects and politicians to industries, music, and food, the history of Cleveland is much more than you can imagine – it’s vibrant, impactful, and very entertaining!

The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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