From Moses Cleaveland’s pipe and tobacco pouch from 1796 to LeBron James’ sneakers from the 2016 championship season, the “Cleveland Starts Here” exhibit covers over 200 years of Cleveland history.
Our tour guide is Cleveland History Center Director and self-proclaimed Clevelander Angie Lowrie.
“It celebrates all of the bumps and trials and happenings that brought us to where we are,” said Lowrie.
The happenings included in the exhibit highlight a strong history of manufacturing and innovation like the first DeLorean off the assembly line.
“It was created by John DeLorean. His brother and his nephew lived here in Cleveland. So, John spent some time here. When the DeLorean was at its peak in sales, Cleveland was a leader in selling this car,” added Lowrie.
There’s a football from a time when Cleveland was also a “leader” in football.
“It is a Cleveland Browns championship football when the Browns beat the Yankees in the 1946 All American Football Conference Championship,” said Lowrie.
As soon as you enter the room, you can’t help but notice the gigantic Chief Wahoo towering over the exhibit. The sign was part of Municipal Stadium.
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