Euclid Beach - A Cleveland Amusement Park of the 1890s
To provide students with a view of a summer amusement park of
the 1890s and to compare and contrast with amusement parks and
entertainment of the present.
- What did people in Cleveland in the 1890s do for summer recreation?
- What was interesting and unique about Euclid Beach Park? How
is it similar to or different from amusement parks today?
- Ask students to define "amusement park". List their
suggestions on the board. Then ask them to identify amusement
parks they have visited. Why do they go there? What are some of
their favorite activities at the park? Explain to students that
amusement parks were around over 100 years ago and in fact, Cleveland
developed one of the nation's best known amusement parks in 1895.
- Distribute or read to the students the article on Euclid Beach
in the 1890s. Ask students to list the various types of entertainment
or amusements Euclid Beach offered in the 1890s. How are they
similar? Different? Have students view the photographs of the
rides that are mentioned in the article and compare with the rides
of today. Have students view the various postcards from Euclid
Beach in the 1890s. Notice the way the people are dressed. Compare
and contrast with the dress of people today.
- Ask students to imagine Euclid Beach as if it were open today
in the 1990s to entertain the people of Cleveland once again during
the summer season. They are now to design a postcard that represents
their image of the Euclid Beach of 1996. Encourage students to
be creative and colorful with their designs. After students have
completed their postcards, they are then to compose the message
they would write about their day at "Euclid Beach" and
write it on the back of their "postcard."
- An alternate group activity would be to have students design
their own amusement park of today for Cleveland. Groups will need
to identify the location in Cleveland, decide what types of amusements
they would like to include, draw a blue print of the park, determine
the means of transportation that would be available to get to
the park, costs of amusements or park fees, name their park and
then design a brochure to advertise the new amusement park of