Join local history preservationist Christopher Busta-Peck and unearth aspects of Cleveland's past that dangle too near extinction from city memory. Too often, we think of history as something that happens elsewhere.
But it's not. Travel down East 100th Street to the home where Jesse Owens lived when he shocked the world at the 1936 Olympics. Ascend the stairs to Langston Hughes's attic apartment on East 86th, where the influential writer lived alone during his formative sophomore and junior years of high school. From the massive Brown Hoist Building and the Hulett ore unloaders to some of the oldest surviving structures in Cleveland, Busta-Peck (of the wildly popular Cleveland Area History blog) has Clevelanders talking about history again. Here's why.
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About the Author
Christopher Busta-Peck is the founding editor of the Cleveland Area History blog (www.clevelandareahistory.com). By day, he's a children's librarian at the Langston Hughes branch of Cleveland Public Library. He lives with his wife, Audrey, and children Everett and Delilah, ages three and one, respectively. They live in their dream house: a 1926 Tudor that has been virtually unchanged--even three of the toilets are original! He expects the repairs on the house to keep him busy for the rest of his life. Among all this, he somehow finds time to write and take photographs. You may have seen him, bounding toward this or that historic structure and then back to his car and on to the next house. He received a BA in studio art from Hiram College (2003) and a master's in library and information science from Kent State University (2005).