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Cozad-Bates House Interpretive Center Interior Exhibits Open to the Public This September

Posted September 02, 2021 in Press Releases

University Circle Inc. (UCI) is pleased to announce that the interior exhibits at the Cozad-Bates House Interpretive Center will open to the public on Saturdays, beginning Sept. 11. The Cozad-Bates House Interpretive Center highlights the legacy of Cleveland’s anti-slavery activists who lived in the area and aided freedom seekers through the Underground Railroad network in Cleveland, code named “Hope.”

Cozad-Bates House Interpretive Center will be open Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. Docents from Restore Cleveland Hope will be onsite to answer visitors’ questions and guide them through the interior’s three distinct spaces: the Gund Foundation West Wing, Cleveland Foundation East Wing and the KeyBank Community Room. Each space has its own story and purpose, sharing our history and making connections between past and present. Admission to the Interpretive Center is free, but donations are appreciated. Private tours and events can be requested on the website and are subject to staff availability.

A new cultural greenspace has already opened on the preserved front lawn of the Cozad-Bates House, featuring an interpretive walkway that combines art and landscape to further highlight the people and places of the Underground Railroad network in Cleveland.

UCI thanks its educational programming partners at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Restore Cleveland Hope and the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University.

Generous support for the renovation and restoration of the Cozad-Bates House came from The Abington Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Restoration Society, Cuyahoga County, David and Inez Myers Foundation, George Gund Foundation, KeyBank Foundation, The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, Nathan & Fannye Shafran Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Ohio & Erie Canalway Association, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, Restore Cleveland Hope, University Circle Inc. and University Hospitals.

For more information on the Cozad-Bates House Interpretive Center, visit www.universitycircle.org/cozad.

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