Sightseeing

This evolving page will have information about non-Conference activities that may be of interest to both attendees and non-genealogists with whom they are traveling.

Click on any of the images to be taken to the website of the attraction.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

This is probably Cleveland's best known and most popular tourist attraction, and it is located just a short walk from the Hilton.

The Conference will be holding its Opening Reception there on Sunday evening. We will have exclusive use of the facility from 7 to 11 pm. There will be a nominal fee of $15 to attend. Kosher hors d’oevres will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Participants will also receive a discount coupon for a second visit later in the week.

The website of what Clevelanders call the “Rock Hall” can be visited HERE.

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Great Lakes Science Center

 Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center is right next to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and also a short walk from the Hilton. It has hundreds of interactive science displays of interest to people of all ages. During the time of the Conference, one can tour the 1925 steamship William G. Mather and learn about the history of commerce on the Great Lakes.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is probably the Number Two attraction. Its collection is particularly strong in American art, including Native American art.

In addition to the many regular exhibits, the following special exhibit will be open during the time of the conference: Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is located a short distance from the Museum of Art, making a nice pair of museums to visit.

The most famous item on exhibit is the skeleton of Lucy, the three-million-year-old human ancestor.

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Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Visitors to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage step into a world filled with inspiring and moving stories of Jewish immigrants perhaps even their own ancestors and modern-day heroes. By incorporating state-of-the-art computer interactives, film, special effects, individual stories, and oral histories, the Museum’s dramatic permanent exhibition is an uplifting and moving experience.

 

Among the many exhibits, the following ones may be of particular interest:

  • They’ve Arrived: What would it be like to leave everything familiar behind? Experience the hopes and dreams of those coming to America at the turn of the 20th century, including a small band of Jewish immigrants from the tiny village of Unslaben in Bavaria who set out for Cleveland in 1837.
  • Building a City: Be part of the struggle to learn a new language, find a job, raise a family and achieve American citizenship while maintaining your heritage and Jewish identity. And as the community grows, find ways to educate your children and care for the homeless, sick, and aged. Watch businesses flourish and fortunes rise; answer the call to protect your homeland’s shores and new-found freedoms.
  • Generation to Generation: Generations of Jewish men and women have made a profound impact on the social, cultural, economic and scientific progress of our region, our country and our world.
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Cleveland Indians Baseball Games

Progressive Field

The Conference is taking place during a good time to catch a Cleveland Indians home game. They are playing the following teams:

  • Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 30; Wednesday, July 31; and Thursday, August 1
  • Los Angeles Angels on Friday, August 2; Saturday, August 3; and Sunday, August 4
  • Texas Rangers on Monday, August 5; Tuesday, August 6; and Wednesday, August 7

That’s nine games straight! You can access the full schedule HERE. The stadium, Progressive Field, is located right in downtown Cleveland, only a mile from the Hilton (you could even walk there). For directions and parking information, click HERE.

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