Just Released! Cleveland’s Colorful Characters – Kit Whipple


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Pierogi Soup
    • Chicken Paprikash
    • Napoleon


    Story topic this week…

    Just Released! Cleveland’s Colorful Characters
    Kit Whipple joins the Cleveland Stories panel to discuss some of our city’s most memorable historical figures, such as the Van Sweringens who built much of Cleveland, were the largest railroad owners in the country, and the inspiration for the book The Great Gatsby! Among other topics in his new book, Whipple will discuss the Mather, Ireland, and Stone families and how they helped create the Cleveland we know and love.

    Kit Whipple Bio

    Christopher (aka Kit) Whipple is a 7th Generation Clevelander and has been a life-long advocate for Cleveland and its unique and rich history. Kit’s family first moved to Cleveland in the 1830s and is descended from the many of Cleveland’s founding families including the Gehring Family. Gehring Road off of W. 25th is named for this family as they had a brewery and grocery store at this location.

    Kit has written many stories concerning unknown Cleveland treasures and has written a book (Cleveland’s Colorful Characters). During his research he was able to document over 125 different car manufacturers in Cleveland which is why Cleveland was the original car capital of our country. He also provides details of the 20,000 plus men and 200 buildings which were in use in Tremont during the Civil War. This was near the old, no longer standing, Cleveland Institute which is why Tremont as originally known as “University Heights.” Lastly, there are also some ghost stories in his publication.

    Kit grew up and graduated from Berea High School. He went on to earn degrees from Miami University. He is in the early stage of his second book which will be on his great great grandfather’s Cleveland based Civil War Artillery Unit, the 19th Ohio Volunteer Artillery which was also known as Shield’s battery. The book will cover this colorful unit and its wild, wonderful, and witty characters.
    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

    See all Cleveland Stories dates here.


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