When: Sun., Aug. 28 2011
Fun on University CircleAt Home With HistoryTwo Italian Renaissance-style mansions form the heart of the Western Reserve Historical Society's History Center: The 1919 Bingham-Hanna Mansion and its elder sibling, the 1911 Hay-McKinney Mansion. The latter, like many centarians, was in need of a little upkeep, prompting staffers to close the building in 2009. Now restored and stabilized, the Hay-McKinney manse reopened to the public earlier this month. Its relaunch also marked the beginning of Sunday hours for the assorted History Center attractions, making today an excellent opportunity to check out not only the historic cribs, but also the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection, the Norton Gallery, and two galleries featuring exhibits on Lincoln and the Civil War. All History Center attractions are open today from noon to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the restored Hay-McKinney Mansion step off at 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. Adult admission is $8.50; members, seniors, and kids pay less. — Cicora 10825 East Blvd.; 216-721-5722; wrhs.org.