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The Crile Archives at Cuyahoga Community College
Crile Hospital, 1944-64;  Cuyahoga Community College,  Western Campus, 1966 to present.


Museum Without Walls

Museum Without Walls

The Museum Without Walls project is a concept which takes history to a new level. We endeavor to provide resources that convey a history that engages, enlightens, and tells a human story.

The Museum Without Walls brings history resources to schools, teachers, and students. Through a variety of initiatives our Affiliates can work with teachers and students in a collaborative context at varied levels.

THE CRILE ARCHIVES & CENTER FOR HISTORY EDUCATION: Where Students Connect with History The Crile Archives began as a student project in 1994 as part of the 50th commemoration of  WW II. Both the Archive and the College were designated as a "Commemorative Community" by the Department of Defense in 1995. The Crile Archives is a repository of 20th century military history. It contains documents, artifacts, and oral histories of veterans of WW I, WW II, the Korean war, and the Vietnam war. The most recent additions are a POW archive, Nurses, and African American veterans. Crile Hospital was in continuous service from 1944 until 1964.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Crile Archives collection strives to honor all who served in the wars of the 20th century. The Crile Archives sustains  the vision of Crile Hospital by active preservation of the historical record and by providing curricular resources for teachers and students. The Crile Archives continues to design history outreach programs that engage community groups as we continue the journey begun by Crile, progressing "from healing to learning.

ATTENTION TEACHERS AND STUDENTS! It's time to start planning for the 2008-2009 National History Day contest.

During the 2008-2009 school year National History Day invites students to research topics related to the theme The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies. A combination of the right person at the right time in history has powerful outcomes which can be both inspiring and catastrophic. Click here for more information.

AN AMERICAN VETERAN'S WARTIME JOURNEY THROUGH EUROPE

Battle of the Bulge interview

Dr. James Banks, Director of the Crile Center, interviews American WWII veteran Herm Graebner on the History Channel. Mr. Graebner shares his memories of the Battle of the Bulge, and his journey through wartime France and Germany. CLICK HERE to view the video.

Senators McCain and DeWine campaign at 
Tri-Cís Western Campus

On Monday, August 21st Senators McCain and DeWine visited Cuyahoga Community Collegeís Western Campus in Parma. The visit drew both local and national media attention for the College and the Western Campus, as C-Span and Fox News covered the event.

Senators McCain and DeWine

The two Senators made a point of visiting the Crile Archives, Senator McCain being especially interested in the museum's collection of POW artifacts.
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HISTORIC MARKER DEDICATION
Commemorating the Site of Crile General Hospital, Crile VA Medical Center, & the Western Campus of Tri-C


Historic Marker Dedication

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Made possible by:
Tri-C
Proud of Parma, Inc.
Ohio Bicentennial Commission
Ohio Historical Society

The Crile Archives have been designated as a World War II Commemorative Community
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This site is also officially endorsed by the American Ex-Prisoners of War, the Veterans History project, National History Day, and it is a member of the History Channel Network.

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The Crile Archives are located in Ohio in the southwestern Greater Cleveland area, on the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College.

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