In the summers of 1936 and 1937 the Great Lakes Exposition was presented in Cleveland, along the Lake Erie shore just north of the downtown business area. At the time, Cleveland was America’s sixth largest city. The Exposition was scheduled to commemorate the centennial of Cleveland’s incorporation and was conceived as a way to energize a city hit hard by the Great Depression. In its first summer the Exposition drew four million visitors and three million more during its second and final season.
“Meet Me on Lake Erie, Dearie!” is the fourth installment in the Cleveland Theater Series by John Vacha and will appeal to those who attended the Exposition or listened to the stories told by their relatives about the two summers during the Depression. Regional history students and social historians will also find this an informative and entertaining addition to their collections.