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Annual Battle of Lake Erie Commemoration
Tuesday, September 10
Our Annual victory commemoration at Fort Huntington Park begins at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Commodore Perry statue on Lakeside, to be followed by our annual meeting and luncheon at Merwin's Wharf at 12 noon.
More info and registration form

POTENTIAL Day Trip to McKinley Presidential Library and Museum
September or October
Canton, Ohio
Please contact us if you are interested in this potential trip.

Erie Street Cemetery book
A new publication on Erie Street Cemetery published under the Images of America Series by Arcadia Publishing Company is now available! Erie Street Cemetery is Cleveland's oldest cemetery and its restoration is one of the major projects of the Early Settlers Association.
Proceeds from the sale of this book go to ESA
more info...

Erie Street Cemetery - ESA had recently dedicated a new Memorial Stone to Veterans and a new bronze marker at the Carter grave site.

Veterans commission honors those who have served veterans and their community

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Cleveland, Ohio

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).

Since 1879

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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