Dover the Historical Bear returns

Hey kids (of all ages), I would like to reintroduce myself. My name is "Dover" the wandering Historical Bear from the Westlake Historical Society. You may remember me from my reporting during Westlake's bicentennial year in 2011. I'm back and ready to share more Westlake history. Throughout the year, I will travel to a different location in Westlake and report back to you on what I find!

This month, while I was hanging out in the parlor of the Clague House Museum, I found the new Cat’s Meow replica of Dover Elementary School.

Although I am sad that the school that started in 1949 had to be demolished recently, I am honored to share the same name!

I want everyone to know that the Westlake Historical Society will offer models of all the past Westlake and Dover schools, including Dover High School and old Westlake High School. The models are only $25 each. To place your order, call 216-848-0680, or shop online at

The COVID-19 pandemic sure has made all of us do things differently over this past year. However, I look forward to celebrating the 145th birthday of the Clague House with you later this year. Although the museum has been closed to the public for about a year, I am happy some events like Pet Photos and the virtual Yard Sale have already returned.

I look forward to welcoming all of you back to the museum once it is safe to do so.   

Lysa Stanton

Lysa Layne Stanton is a retired special education teacher and the President of the Westlake Historical Society. She lives in Westlake with her wonderful husband, Dave and her awesome pets.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:42 AM, 04.20.2021