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Stories from Cleveland's history from 1875-1929

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The Cleveland Storyteller


The Cleveland Storyteller began in April of 2008 at Gates Mills Library. Forty people were expected and over 100 showed up. Motivated by his passion and the response to his talks, Dan continues to research Cleveland history, specifically the families of Millionaires’ Row and their contribution to Cleveland’s greatness during the years 1875-1929. He has created a collection of stories that are constantly updated and fresh and shares those stories at events and venues throughout the Cleveland area. He creates a spellbinding entertainment experience - The Storyteller in his chair, sharing unique stories of Cleveland’s past. Dan has become recognized as an expert in this area. His goal is to promote Cleveland nationally, rebuild Cleveland pride, and overcome outdated, uncomplimentary stereotypes.

Dan is a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area currently living for the past 31 years on six acres in Chesterland, which was formerly part of the Circle W Farm, owned by Walter and Virginia White. Walter was the youngest of the White brothers, founders of White Motors. Dan has developed the property into many palatial gardens that reflect the gardening style and characteristics of the great mansions once owned by Cleveland’s prominent figures.

The purpose of this site is to explore Cleveland's unique history with regard to the many "first's" — inventions, inventors, etc. — that led this city to national and world recognition. The book Cradle of Greatness, National and World Achievements of Ohio's Western Reserve, by Earl R. Hoover, was one of many sources researched, and we thank them for allowing us to use some of their images. Descendants and friends of the families discussed have also been interviewed and/or contributed content, and we are grateful.

Our mission:

  1. Promote Cleveland.
  2. Dispel old negative stereotypes about Cleveland.
  3. Examine in an entertaining fashion what made Cleveland great 1885-1929.
  4. Apply history lessons to help return Cleveland to greatness.
  5. Promote and publish individual stories about Cleveland.
  6. How great Cleveland families made Cleveland great.


Order Dan's new book, Cleveland in the Gilded Age: A Stroll Down Millionaires' Row, his Great Estates of Wickliffe DVD, or Millionaires' Row Poster

Order the Cleveland storyteller's new book about the grand mansions and fascinating characters of Millionaires' Row. In addition to the book, you can order a DVD showing one of Dan Ruminski's presentations, recorded live at Coulby Mansion in September 2012.

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January 2015

Details here

Title of Talk: Great Women of Millionaires' Row
January 21st, 2015 1:00pm
Aurora Study Club
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk:The Drury Story
January 23, 2015 6:00pm
Gilmour Chapel
Not Open to the Public

February 2015

Title of Talk: Great Estates of Wickliffe
February 5, 2015, 1:00 pm
Lake County Chapter of Public Employees Retirees, Inc., Ohio
Pine Ridge Country Club
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: Millionaire's Row, New Edition
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Suburban Ski Club, Holiday Inn, 780 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village 44143
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: The Famous Whites
February 16, 2015 1:00 pm
Chagrin Valley Women’s Club
Not Open to the Public

March 2015

Title of Talk: Millionaires' Row
Date & Time: March 4, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Location: LaMalfa Party Center
Not Open to the Public


Famous & Infamous Women of Millionaires' Row Autism Fundraiser, January 25, 2015

Dinner & Live Presentation by Dan Ruminski, The Cleveland Storyteller

Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pine Ridge Country Club, 30601 Ridge Rd, Wickliffe, OH 44092

Order tickets online, or order by phone by calling Dan Rumiski at

Event Highlights

5:30 p.m.: Cocktails (cash bar)
6:00 p.m.: Dinner
7:00 p.m.: Live Presentation by Dan Ruminski, Cleveland's Storyteller
Tickets: $65 individual, $125 couple
(Reservations by January 23, 2015, required)

100% of proceeds will provide iPads to autistic children.

More details of our autism fundraising here.

iPads for Autism - Willoughby Rotary Autism Project

How to Support the Willoughby Rotary Foundation's iPads for Autism Project

Tax-deductible donations for this project are greatly appreciated. You may donate to the Willoughby Rotary Foundation here.

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