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His goal is to entertain while promoting Cleveland nationally, rebuild Cleveland pride, and overcome outdated, uncomplimentary stereotypes.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 Great Estates of Wickliffe – Millionaires’ Mile

December 12, 2018 7:00 pm Western Reserve Sampler Guild
Not Open to the Public

Title of Talk: Millionaires’ Row

January 10, 2019 6:00 pm Glidden House
Fundraiser benefitting The Music Settlement; $75 per person includes appetizers, dessert & 2 drink tickets. Download flyer.
To reserve tickets, call Laura Brdar at 216-658-9104

Title of Talk: Millionaires’ Row

January 15, 2019 12:15 pm The Park Synagogue Sisterhood
Not Open to The Public

Title of Talk: The Francis Drury Story

January 17, 2019 7:00 pm Cuyahoga County Public Library
Bay Village Branch
502 Cahoon Road, Bay Village - Directions
Contact: Barbara Isaacs 440-871-6392

Title of Talk: Millionaires’ Row

December 8, 2018 @ 3 pm Mather Mansion on CSU's Campus, 2605 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44115 - Directions
Heavy hors d'oeuvres , wine and beer will be included in the ticket price.
Tickets are $40 per person
A portion of the proceeds will go to The Society for of St. Vincent de Paul
If you want to reserve seating and pay at the door:
Contact Daniel W. Ruminski @ 216-326-7700 or

Historic Venues

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