Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
The Cleveland Carousel Society, in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society, is launching the public phase of a fundraising campaign to raise the remaining $ 1.35 million for the restoration and reassembly of the iconic Euclid Beach Park Carousel. To celebrate the launch of the public campaign, local leaders and friends will gather at the Western Reserve Historical Society on Thurs., April 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm to share details of the campaign and thank donors for their contributions.
Already committed lead gifts include The KeyBank Foundation, The Nordson Corporation, The Hershey Foundation, and Carousel Society Board members. WRHS, the regional historical society that owns and preserves this collection, managed the original $ 500,000 restoration of Carousel horses and chariots in 1997. WRHS is further contributing to the project by partnering with the Carousel Society to raise the $ 500,000 needed to make the Carousel mechanism operational in 2014.
With the Carousel Pavilion at the Western Reserve Historical Society now complete, we just could not keep the secret anymore, said Raymond Rackley, Executive Director of the Cleveland Carousel Society. To date, weve raised $ 650,000 in initial support of the restoration project. Now its time to invite others to join us in bringing this iconic piece of history back to fully operational enjoyment.
WRHS is so excited that the Carousel will be ready for riding within the next year. It is the Societys mission to make Northeast Ohios history come to life. Grandparents, parents and children can make new memories together while riding the Carousel, said Gainor Davis, PhD., President and CEO, WRHS.
The campaign is slated to run through Spring 2014, when the Carousel is scheduled to be completely restored and fully operational in the Carousel Pavilion. The recently completed Pavilion is designed by the internationally recognized firm of Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc.. Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, has been retained to restore the mechanism and decorative components of the carousel that operated for nearly sixty years at Euclid Beach Park.
“This is one of the few working carousels still in its original city,” said Terry Kovel, Carousel Society Chairperson. “I remember how excited I was when I rode the Carousel at Euclid Beach Park as a child. Now others can have the same kind of fun.
The campaign features a number of funding opportunities for businesses, individuals, and philanthropies to invest at all levels in the project, including the adoption of a horse or sponsorship of a chariot or original artwork that will adorn the rounding boards and center surround on the Carousel. Donors can also have names engraved on tiles inside the Pavilion and on bricks forming the walking path outside.
About the Cleveland Carousel Society
The Cleveland Carousel Society was established in 2010 with the goal of returning the Euclid Beach Park Carousel to full operation in the Cleveland area. Founded by community members who understood the profound impact that restoring and operating an original piece of Cleveland history would have on the region, this volunteer-driven organizations mission is to restore the carousel to its former glory and support the Carousel Education and Cultural Partnership Programs. In addition, board members from Euclid Beach Park Now – a community organization formed in 1989 to honor and preserve the memory of Euclid Beach Park – support the Carousel Societys mission and serve on the board.
About Euclid Beach Park
Euclid Beach Park closed operations in 1969 after 74 years in business. The Carousel was the centerpiece of the park, with 58 horses and 2 chariots. Installed in 1910 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC), this was the nineteenth carousel built by PTC. After Euclid Beach Park closed, the Carousel was sold and operated at an amusement park in Maine until that park closed in 1996. In 1997, the carousel was sold at auction in Cleveland. It was purchased by Cleveland’s Trust for Public Land for Cleveland Tomorrow. Unfortunately, the mechanism was no longer functional and the horses and panels on the machine needed major restoration. After the restoration of the horses and chariots was completed, several venues were explored to house the Carousel. Ground was finally broken for the Carousel Pavilion at the WRHS in April 2012.
About Western Reserve Historical Society
Western Reserve Historical Society is one of the largest regional historical societies in the United States and is known for its vast and diverse collections. WRHS was founded in 1867, at a time when points west of Northeast Ohio were largely remote and untamed. Hence, the founding mission included collection and preservation of the heritage of the Western Reserve (Northeast Ohio) and the Far West. Today, that mission has been focused to inspire people to discover the American experience by exploring the tangible history of Northeast Ohio. Over the past 145 years, WRHS has collected the regions history in order to tell the stories of the people who immigrated to Northeast Ohio and created a viable and vibrant place to live and work.
WRHS owns and operates multiple historic sites throughout northeast Ohio, including the History Center in University Circle, Hale Farm & Village, the outdoor living history museum located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Shandy Hall, a 19th century farmstead in Geneva.
Photos of the Carousel Pavilion are available upon request. To learn more about the Euclid Beach Park Carousel, go to http://www.clevelandcarousel.org, or follow the Carousel Society on Twitter @CLECarousel. Tours of the Carousel Pavilion are also available upon request.