Living History: The Burning River

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"Anyone who falls into the Cuyahoga does not drown, he decays." - Time Magazine

There are dozens of things in Northeast Ohio named after the Burning River - beer, bike rides, barbecue joints, brass bands, baroque bands, and everything in between. But while we know that the river caught on fire in the past, what is the real story behind it? What caused the fire, what did Clevelanders do to clean it up, and where are we now? How has the spontaneous combustion of a body of water affected how we live, work and play in Northeast Ohio?

As part of our Living History series, exploring historical events and their impact on Northeast Ohio, we invite you to Merwin's Wharf for a panel discussion and chat to find out. Our panel includes Ben Stefanski, who was Public Utilities Director for the City of Cleveland under Mayor Stokes when the river caught fire; Michael Rotman, a local historian who has researched and written about the fire's causes and effects; and Professor Julie Wolin, Ph.D., who studies the river and the Great Lakes.

This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to get there early, grab a drink and some food, and bring your questions and concerns about our water to the next Living History.
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