EARLY SETTLERS ASSOCIATION
OF THE WESTERN RESERVE
Preserving the past while celebrating the future
Welcome to ESA!!
The Early Settlers Association (ESA) of the Western Reserve is one of the oldest civic organizations in an area once known as the
Connecticut Lands of the Western Reserve (Northeast Ohio).
Formed more than a century ago (November 19, 1879) original members had some connection to the
earliest settlers of the region. They adopted a constitution and a purpose or mission, which has not changed much to this day.
"Inspire greater understanding and interest in the history of Cleveland and the Western Reserve; to preserve the
traditions of the Western Reserve; to organize, observe and celebrate the anniversaries of important historical events; to mark places with enduring
signs; to further the best interest of Cleveland and the Western Reserve by cooperation with other organizations for the achievement of worthy historical,
civic, educational and cultural goals".
The only change to our constitution has been to open the membership to any person who shares in the goals stated above regardless of
his or her ancestry or place of residence.
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