Library to Host Book Talk, Signing, Exhibit about South Euclid

Library Hosts South Euclid Exhibit

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library is currently hosting an exhibit of photographs and artifacts from the collection of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society. Some of the photographs are featured in “South Euclid,” the latest book in the “Images of America” series by Arcadia Publishing.

The Clara Fritzsche Library presents a "South Euclid" exhibit and book signing.
The Clara Fritzsche Library presents a "South Euclid" exhibit and book signing.

The exhibit is free and will run until March 30. It may be viewed during library hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.

The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society has served the Greater Cleveland community since 1966. It operates a museum, established in 1977, in the old Telling Mansion, which is also home to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch of the Cuyahoga County Library. The group gives history talks and lectures at area schools, clubs, churches and other organizations.

Thom Treer, the former president of the since inactive Lyndhurst Historical Society, authored “Lyndhurst” for Arcadia Publishing. He saw the need for a book on South Euclid and recommended to Arcadia that the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society author it.

The book, priced at $21.99, is available for purchase at the Notre Dame College Library, the SELHS Museum and www.arcadiapublishing.com. It contains many photos of Notre Dame College and Regina High School, provided by College Archivist Pat Harding. Editing, proofreading and fact checking were done by NDC Library Director Karen Zoller, who also supplied photographs, articles and other material from her collection pertaining to a landmark property she once owned.

Frank Sillag (left) and Bob McKimm co-authored "South Euclid."
Frank Sillag (left) and Bob McKimm co-authored "South Euclid." Photo by Jeff Piorkowski, Sun News

History is an avocation for the book’s authors, Bob McKimm and Frank Sillag, who both have engineering backgrounds. After getting a Bachelor of Science in Physics from John Carroll University, McKimm worked a few years in engineering, technical editing and data analysis, which led to a career in information technology. He worked for non-profits and government archives, which urged him to get involved in his local historical society, the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society, where he is assistant curator.

As a resident of the area since 1950, Sillag is a product of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District. He has degrees in electrical engineering and management from Case Western University and worked at the Bailey Controls Company, now ABB, for 38 years. He has dedicated his retirement years to restoring and maintaining theater pipe organs in the Western Reserve area and volunteering at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Karen Zoller, director of the Clara Fritzsche Library, at 216.373.5267 or at kzoller@ndc.edu.