BVHS News


BVHS wins "Project of the Year" 2022
The Community Council of Bay Village has awarded its 2022 "Project of the Year Award" to the Bay Village Historical Society for its revitalization project. The pandemic has had an effect... 02-04-2022

“Glimpse of the Past”


Ice-Skating in Bay Village
The feature image of this post is of a 1976 drawing by Ethel Sadler of the early days of ice-skating in Bay Village, 2023.B.23.01. The 1976 Bay Village Historical Society coloring book... 02-04-2024
Snow Portraits
We at the Bay Village Historical Society would like to wish you and yours a happy New Year in 2024. Many thanks to all who have helped to make a difference in preserving and sharing the... 12-31-2023
Christmas Cards of Bay Village Notables
During Cahoon Christmas 2023 events, the Bay Village Historical Society will be showcasing an exhibit of Christmas cards and imagery in our library. The pictures were created by artist... 12-17-2023
1800s Sleigh at Rose Hill Museum
The Bay Village Historical Society usually asks that visitors do not sit upon any of their antique collections. In December, there will be an exception. An 1800s sleigh will be available... 12-03-2023
Happy Thanksgiving!
The following postcard, sent in 1938 to Henry and his sister, Olga Wischmeyer, says it all. Best wishes to to you and yours this Thanksgiving, this time from the Bay Village Historical... 11-19-2023
Woman Suffrage Amendment Poster, 1914
by Michele Yamamoto At the Bay Village Historical Society, we made an unexpected discovery while archiving the college diploma of Elizabeth Hughes Cahoon. The backing used inside the frame ... 11-05-2023
Halloween Costumes of Yesteryear
by Michele Yamamoto This week there are many Bay Village families planning what to wear for Halloween. From parties to trick-or-treating, there will be many opportunities to show off... 10-22-2023
Lutheran Mission Grounds Bell
The following piece was researched using articles written by Bay Village Historical Society historians George Serb and Kay Laughlin, who shared their knowledge of the subject in 1997 and... 10-08-2023
Women's Fashions: 1860s-1920s
(Feature image above: 1860s - A fashion fold-out from the Godey’s Lady’s book, 1863, Vol. 66, part of the Rose Hill Museum library collection.) In anticipation of our upcoming benefit... 09-17-2023
A Child’s Memory of the Cahoon Sisters
by Michele Yamamoto At the Bay Village Historical Society archives we have recently come across a couple of remembrances of the Cahoon sisters. They were written by two former residents of... 08-27-2023
Clothing Featuring Ornamental Beadwork at Rose Hill Museum
by Barbara Comienski (Collections Volunteer/ Docent) Rose Hill has a number of amazing costumes on display as part of this year’s special exhibition Beadwork: The Beauty of Small... 08-20-2023
Eclipses in Bay Village
The following article was written by Bay Village Historical Society members Jim and Barbara Comienski. Barbara has been a tremendous help to us as both a museum docent and collections... 08-06-2023
Collecting Stamps
The Bay Village Historical Society is researching historical letter writing this year for upcoming educational projects. While doing so, we have come into contact with stamp expert, Michael ... 07-23-2023
The Story of the Bay Village Volunteer Militia
The Story of the Bay Village Volunteer Militia by Michele Yamamoto It began with an inquiry from a former Bay Village resident. Steve Gress wanted to know if we had any information on the ... 06-25-2023
Summer Road Trip, 1920s-Style
Summer Road Trip, 1920s-Style by Michele Yamamoto Summer is unofficially here and many vacationers have plans to travel by car sometime during the season. Many will be using a GPS guided... 06-11-2023
Early Graduates of Bay High School
Early Graduates of Bay High School Congratulations to the recent Bay Village graduates of 2023! In the Bay Village Historical Society archives, we have a small collection of photographs... 05-28-2023
The History of Bay Village City Hall 1914-Present
The following article was part of a presentation given in 2014 by Bay Village Historical Society President, Catherine Burke Flament, during the 100th anniversary of Bay Village City... 05-14-2023
Ornamental Beadwork
Ornamental Beadwork by Barbara Comienski, Collections Volunteer/ Docent, Bay Village Historical Society The Rose Hill Museum is excited to be premiering our special exhibition for the... 04-30-2023
The Wischmeyer Model Boat Collection
by Ed Neal You might not know anything about boats. Your knowledge of them might be limited to one end is pointy, some use a sail to move around, and all of them can sink, so beware. If... 04-16-2023
The Wischmeyer Boat Plans Collection
by Ed Neal Hobbies are where unique aspects of a person’s character manifest themselves. Hobbies are pleasant escapes from the tensions of the work-a-day world and offer miniature worlds... 04-02-2023
Women in Early Dover History
March is Women’s History Month in America. It is a time to commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. The Bay Village... 03-19-2023
What Dolls Tell Us About the Lifestyle of Early Residents
The following article was written by Barbara Comienski, a docent and collections volunteer for the Bay Village Historical Society. She is responsible for cataloging our doll collection and... 03-05-2023
Letter from President Harrison to Margaret Cahoon, March 6, 1889
by Michele Yamamoto We continue to discover new surprises in the collections at the Bay Village Historical Society. One such discovery happened last year when two of our archival... 02-19-2023
A Recipe for Every Need: Home Cookbooks of the 1800s
 The Bay Village Historical Society has a number of recipe books in its collections. We hope you enjoy the examples you see here, as well as recipes that have been reconfigured to be cooked ... 01-29-2023
Angie George of North Coast Narrative brings history to life
The following post was excerpted from an article written by Bay Village Historical Society Board Member Cynthia Eakin. The article appeared in the October 2022 issue of the publication... 01-15-2023
Happy New Year 2023!
Happy New Year’s Day from the Bay Village Historical Society. We hope you are ringing in 2023 with those you love. We'd like to thank everyone who has supported us during 2022 through... 01-01-2023
Christmas Trees of Bay Village
Christmas Trees of Bay Village (20th Century) The former home of the Cahoon family (now the Rose Hill Museum) is decorated for the season, both to reflect Christmas in the early 1800s and... 12-18-2022
Singing Christmas Tree
Singing Christmas Tree by Michele Yamamoto As the Bay High School Choirs prepare for another performance of holiday music this December, we at the Bay Village Historical Society decided... 12-04-2022
Forest Views and Giving Thanks
Forest Views and Giving Thanks by Michele Yamamoto Forestview Elementary was a K-6 school in Bay Village. It was built in 1927 at 493 Forestview Rd. In 1981 the school was closed down due ... 11-20-2022
Military Collection of the Bay Village Historical Society
Military Collection of the Bay Village Historical Society by Michele Yamamoto Veterans Day is November 11. It is a day to officially recognize the men and women, both living and deceased,... 11-06-2022
Huntington Farm Pumpkins
Huntington Farm Pumpkins By Michele Yamamoto In recognition of October and fall and all things pumpkin, Bay Village Historical Society is showcasing a November 2, 1915 photo of caretaker... 10-21-2022
Early Football in Bay Village: 1924-1972
Early Football in Bay Village: 1924-1972 by Michele Yamamoto As Bay High School celebrates another homecoming and the 50th anniversary of the Bay Memorial Stadium, we at the Bay Village... 10-09-2022
Bayway Cabin, the Later Years
Bay Village Comes Through for its Kids: Bayway Cabin, the Later Years  by Michele Yamamoto This article is a continuation of the story of the Bayway Cabin history. The first part can... 09-25-2022
100th Anniversary of Parkview School
100th Anniversary of Parkview School by Michele Yamamoto 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the Parkview School in Bay Village. It was located on the spot where the Bay... 09-11-2022
Over 60 Years of Friendship
Friends of the Library, Bay Village: Over 60 Years of Friendship by Michele Yamamoto The Bay Village Friends of the Library has announced their latest book sale at the new Cuyahoga County ... 08-21-2022
The Early History of the Bayway Cabin
by Michele Yamamoto This April, 2022 was bittersweet with the grand opening of the new Bay Village Library. Although there was great anticipation and excitement for the beautiful new... 08-07-2022
Fashion Diva Fun: Gloves
The following post about gloves was written by Bay Village Historical Society member and volunteer Marie Albano, who has been a tremendous help to the museum in her knowledge and interest... 07-23-2022
Victorian Virtual Reality
by Michele Yamamoto In this week’s Glimpse of the Past, we are exploring our collection of stereographs and stereoscopes, credited by some as the very early precursor of modern day virtual... 07-10-2022
Fashion Diva Fun: Stockings
The following post about stockings was written by Bay Village Historical Society member and volunteer Marie Albano, who has been a tremendous help to the museum in her knowledge and... 06-25-2022
Beach Fun in Bay Village
Summer is almost here and many friends of the Bay Village Historical Society may have plans to visit our shoreline, if they haven’t already. The Lake Erie coastline is everchanging, both by ... 06-12-2022
Victorians Ruffled Feathers
The following article was written by Bay Historical Society Trustee Sue Jachnick. It was sparked, in part, by the discovery of an intact bird-of-paradise in the costume collection at Rose... 05-29-2022
Dream Mansion Turned Hospital / Bay View Hospital
by Michele Yamamoto October 1948 marked the opening of the new Bay View Osteopathic General Hospital in the old estate of Washington Herbert Lawrence (b.1840, d. 1900). It was a... 05-15-2022
Bay Village Library, part 3 Bay Village Library on Cahoon Road
The following history of the library in Bay Village is taken from an article written by Bay Village Historical Society board member, Cynthia Eakin. It is part three of a three-part series... 05-01-2022
Bay Village Library, part 2 Post War
The following history of the library in Bay Village is taken from an article written by Bay Village Historical Society board member, Cynthia Eakin. It is part 2 of a three-part series that... 04-17-2022
Bay Village Library, part 1 Dover-by-the-Lake
As Bay Village prepares for the opening of its much-anticipated new library, we at the Bay Village Historical Society would like to share with you some library history from our... 04-03-2022
Wischmeyer Buggies
The mass influx of immigrants in the mid-to-late 1800’s included a German family in 1854 who would eventually bring a primary business adventure to Dover. Originally settling in Cleveland,... 03-20-2022
Ernie Olchon's Bay Service Station
Ernie Olchon’s Bay Service Station by Michele Yamamoto Do you recognize the building below? It sits at the southwest corner of Dover and Wolf, across from Bay Village City Hall. Although... 03-06-2022
"Lincoln has got to Washington..."
In recognition of Presidents' Day, the Bay Village Historical Society would like to share the following letter from our collections, with spelling, capitalization and grammar recorded as... 02-20-2022
Valentines
      In anticipation of Valentine's Day, we share with you three... 02-06-2022
The Society's Repository 1870s
  The Society’s Repository By Julia Osborn Peace on EarthGood Will to Men. Spelling and capitalization have been recorded as in the original transcript. We present our readers this... 01-22-2022
Winter Magic
Enjoy the magic of winter! There are so many memories attached to snowfalls of making angels in the snow, climbing over mounds of snow at the end of the driveway, sledding down hills,... 01-02-2022
Welcome and Happy New Year!
Did you ever wonder what life was really like in Bay Village, formerly Dover, years ago? Join the Bay Village Historical Society as we journey through the past, delving into our... 01-01-2022

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