CVNP hosts Cleveland historian

Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park are teaming up to host historian David Stradling at Happy Days Lodge Feb. 25.

Stradling will transport people back to 1969 Cleveland, when Carl Stokes was in office as the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Cleveland was in the midst of an environmental crisis that culminated in the Cuyahoga River fire.

The city was facing other challenges such as poverty, racism and housing issues -- all of which demanded Stokes' attention.

Stradling will address the city's conflicted relationship with one of its most iconic historic events. He explores why the recovery of the Cuyahoga River and the revival of neighborhoods along its shores contrasts so sharply with the persistence of the city's racial and economic divide.

Stradling's presentation is part of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Lyceum Lecture Series. The Lyceum series brings experts on history, adventure and the natural world to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to share in-depth and engaging stories and discoveries.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Buy tickets online at forcvnp.org/cvi or by calling 330-657-2909 ext. 4. Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 West Streetsboro Road (Route 303), 1 mile west of Route 8 in Peninsula.