Community Matters: Who We Are, Where We Live

How did where you grew up impact who you are today?

Each of us carry not just memories of our communities, but emotional connections to the front porches, playgrounds and corner stores of our youth. The neighborhoods of our past influence our perspective on the world and create our future. Despite our differences, the experience of sharing a community often holds people together, and a new program of the literary arts organization Literary Cleveland will help one Cleveland neighborhood explore the connection between art and community.

Who We Are, Where We Live is an event that honors the shared cultural experience of those who grew up or had family in the east side Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.  This includes the old Buckeye, Larchmere, Woodland Hills and Shaker Square neighborhoods. Which, according to the Buckeye Shaker Development Corporation, used to be known as “Little Hungary” – serving as the heart of Cleveland’s Hungarian immigrant community during the early to mid 20th century, once the largest Hungarian community in the world outside of Budapest.

Anyone with a connection to Buckeye-Shaker, either by living or working there in the past or present, can submit a story of their memories and experiences. Non-writers are welcome and encouraged to share! Selected writings will be published in an online anthology, and Who We Are, Where We Live will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 at Loganberry Books in Larchmere. Event includes interactive presentations, readings and writing activities for attendees, as well as refreshments and discussion about the history and hopes for the future of the neighborhood.

Submit a story or share this post with someone you know with ties to the Buckeye Shaker neighborhood. Deadline for submissions is June 16.  Submissions can be sent to info@litcleveland.org.

Attend the event! Who We Are, Where We Live is open to everyone. Learn about how others view their neighborhood experience and think about your own.

Community matters. Get involved with your own community to make it a better place. Make meaningful connections to people who are different from you. Attend block club meetings. Contact your local municipality about volunteer opportunities. Run for local office. Find ways to make your presence felt and your voice heard in your community.

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