We're 40 Years Old!

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Yep, you read that right - Eden Valley turned 40 years old on January 7, 2017! It barely seems possible but in the intervening years we've created about 70 new programs (frankly, I quit counting!) from living history presentations to music programs to murder mysteries and, of course, our first documentary. For a company that hardly anyone has heard of, we've kept ourselves pretty busy!

Those of you who were around back in 1977 (I understand if you don't want to admit to it) know that we started out in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area (now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park) with a living history program called Johnnycake Village. Ahead of its time, the Village presented a day in the life of this mythical canal town on the Western Reserve in the early 1800s. Running for three summers and two Christmas seasons, we told the story of the Ohio-Erie Canal to several thousand people. (For a trip down memory lane visit our Johnnycake Village photo album)

When the Village closed due to cuts in the National Park Service budgets, we began doing smaller living history programs that could go into schools and libraries. Then in the early 1990s we began working with The Cleveland Health Education Museum and The Western Reserve Historical Society on specialized programming to go with their exhibits. By 1992/93, the Western Reserve Historical Society had commissioned several storytelling programs (OHIO GHOST STORIES and STORIES FROM A CHRISTMAS PAST - still two of our most popular programs). This marked the beginning of what remains our most popular programming option with groups like libraries, historical societies and other clubs.

But a trip down our "past lane" wouldn't be complete without mentioning our years working with the Great Lakes Historical Society and the Steamship William G. Mather Museum. During that time we put together some of our most memorable and creative programs. Who could forget our Lake Erie Monster (Ten Feet of Green "Monster" who rose up out of Lake Erie next to the Mather to get his treat of tasty carrot) or the premier of our most moving program to date, LETTERS IN THE MARGINS, at the Great Lakes Historical Society? (What!? You missed these programs? Well, you can still catch LETTERS IN THE MARGINS occasionally, but LEMMY has retired to a pond in Valley City.)

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who's been a part of our history as a presenter, an audience member or a staff member! We look forward to continuing "To Tell The Stories That Others Forget."

So what's your favorite Eden Valley story? Share your memories with me and I'll start posting them on our website and facebook page - send me an e-mail or a snail mail.

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