Stories of Cleveland's history from 1875 – 1929

Hear the Cleveland Storyteller share the entertaining stories of Cleveland's past, including John D. Rockefeller, Samuel Mather, Laura Mae Corrigan and other notable personalities.

Dan Ruminski tells stories that illuminate what made Cleveland great in the last decades of the 19th century and the first three decades of the 20th century. He is motivated by more than the glamour or nostalgia associated with the history of this region. He wishes, with stories of the past, to help discussion on how we can renew our civic greatness.

Cleveland's history is rich in stories of creativity, imagination, determination, and courage. I want to celebrate individual Clevelanders and the great families who changed this area and the world. I want to inspire audiences and light up the hearts and minds of Cleveland's younger citizens, help our community find its way to a future that honors and learns from achievements of our past. I want to promote the community I loved as a boy and still do.
Dan Ruminski, Cleveland Storyteller

Dan's live interview with "Driving Cleveland"

Dan Ruminski creates a spellbinding entertainment experience—The Storyteller in his chair, sharing unique stories of Millionaires' Row. His carefully researched stories are constantly updated, fresh, and shared at events and venues throughout the Cleveland area. His presentations are ideal for corporate events, fundraisers, and groups seeking a unique glimpse of Cleveland's past.

His goal is to entertain while promoting Cleveland nationally, rebuild Cleveland pride, and overcome outdated, uncomplimentary stereotypes.


2018 Herrick Memorial Award Winner, Dan Ruminski

Public Speaking Events
Title of Talk Date & Time Location

Title of Talk: The John D. Rockefeller Story: Myth Versus Fact

March 27, 2019 12:00 pm Breckenridge Men’s Group
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: Millionaires’ Row Laura Mae: From Fortune to Heroine

March 29, 2019 12:45 pm Cuyahoga County Public Library
Independence Branch
6361 Selig Drive, Independence - Directions
Contact: Judy Stefanko 216-447-0160

Title of Talk: Millionaires’ Row

March 30, 2019 6:30 pm Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Not Open to the Public

Historic Venues

As part of the corporate keynotes series, Dan offers presentations from these historic locations.
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