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Old Yesterday, 01:22 AM
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This thread contains resources to plan a visit or adventures to Greater Cleveland.

To start if off, here's a website that I just discovered.


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It will be interesting to hear what visitors for the NFL draft think of the city...
It looked fantastic on TV last night even w/ the nasty weather.
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Old Today, 09:06 AM
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Default Outdoor sculpture

WVIZ's "Applause" program this week features Ohio's outdoor sculpture, especially apropos for those seeking outdoors activities while the COVID epidemic lingers on into its second year.

The Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Project is an effort of The Scupture Center, a Cleveland-based institution.



So it's not surprising that a large majority of the tours listed on the Ohio Outdoor Sculpture website are for Greater Cleveland, including Lake County, Shaker Heights and the Case Western campus. These tour listings offer often fascinating pictures and background briefs of the featured sculptures.



Of course. the best sculpture tour in Greater Cleveland is the outdoor sculpture collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, including not only the Fine Arts Garden, but several pieces surrounding the building including the main entrance facing the Wade Oval.



Even though I have no Polish ancestry to my knowledge, one of my favorite statues on the CMA grounds is dedicated to Tadeusz Kosciuszko. This statue likely was the work of Cleveland's large Polish-American community, but it honors a little known individual who was one of the world's great champions of liberty and democracy, and arguably was instrumental in America's winning its revolution against Great Britain.

One of the prominent purposes of statuary is to remind us of the past presence of human greatness. Among his many accomplishments, Kosciuszko prepared the American defenses at Saratoga. This enabled the defeat and capture of an entire British army, and resulted in France, Spain and other European powers supporting the American Revolution. The intervention of French army and naval forces, especially at Yorktown, resulted in Britain's defeat and American independence. Kosciuszko is definitely an historic figure that Clevelanders should admire, reflect upon, and give thanks for his contributions to our nation.

<<Gates tapped Kościuszko to survey the country between the opposing armies, choose the most defensible position, and fortify it. Finding just such a spot near Saratoga, overlooking the Hudson at Bemis Heights, Kościuszko laid out a robust array of defences, nearly impregnable. His judgment and meticulous attention to detail frustrated the British attacks during the Battle of Saratoga,[9] and Gates accepted the surrender of Burgoyne's force there on 16 October 1777.[35] The dwindling British army had been dealt a sound defeat, turning the tide to American advantage.[36] Kościuszko's work at Saratoga received great praise from Gates, who later told his friend Dr. Benjamin Rush: "The great tacticians of the campaign were hills and forests, which a young Polish engineer was skillful enough to select for my encampment."[9]>>


Like Lafayette, the other great foreign champion of American freedom, Kosciuszko was an ardent opponent of American slavery.
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