Food + Friends = One Good Weekend

On February 17, 2019 the Moreland Hills Historical Society invites you to a meal fit for a King, (or perhaps a President!).  The 20th President of the United States, to be exact.  Did you know that James A. Garfield was said to have had a fondness for Squirrel Soup?

Our chefs have been frantically chasing the squirrels around Moreland Hills to no avail, so we’ll be serving up our rendition of Imitation Squirrel Soup.

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For those of you wishing to make an authentic Squirrel Soup; we found this recipe originally published in, The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) / Cooking, Toilet and Household Recipes, Menus, Dinner-Giving, Table-Etiquette, Care, Page 37 of 619.


“Wash and quarter three or four good sized squirrels; put them on, with a small tablespoonful of salt, directly after breakfast, in a gallon of cold water. Cover the pot close, and set it on the back part of the stove to simmer gently, not boil. Add vegetables just the same as you do in case of other meat soups in the summer season, but especially good will you find corn, Irish potatoes, tomatoes and Lima beans. Strain the soup through a coarse colander when the meat has boiled to shreds, so as to get rid of the squirrels’ troublesome little bones. Then return to the pot, and after boiling a while longer, thicken with a piece of butter rubbed in flour. Celery and parsley leaves chopped up are also considered an improvement by many. Toast two slices of bread, cut them into dice one-half inch square, fry them in butter, put them into the bottom of your tureen, and then pour the soup boiling hot upon them. Very good.”


Happy Birthday President Garfield!

James A. Garfield was an extraordinary, influential man
born on November 19, 1831 in Moreland Hills.
His near poverty and humble beginnings prepared him for a life of servitude
as he rose to become a scholar, a Civil War hero, a congressman, and a President.

November 2018 we enjoyed a wonderful celebration for the 187th Anniversary of his birth featuring Aiden Kondik as young Jimmy Garfield at Hiram House Camp – 33775 Hiram Trail – Moreland Hills.



Village of Moreland Hills Town Hall

How Long will a House Last?

In September 2018 we began discussing This Old House in Moreland Hills. Five homes were represented at our meeting. Our focus was a Village-wide Century Home Program and how to navigate the research required to prove that a home is at least 100 years old. With new resources available online we aim to bridge the gap between the old way of researching, (by visiting the Archives), and newer databases available online.

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Best Wishes Ed Haney


It is with regret that we learn of the retirement of our friend, advisor and advocate Ed Haney.  Ed educated and entertained Northeast Ohio audiences for decades portraying James A. Garfield .

We will miss Ed’s stories, smiles, his bringing Garfield to life and sharing “Garfield” dollars.   Ed was an exemplary portrayer so that his contributions to our Community will not be forgotten. It was my pleasure to learn from his example.

On behalf of the Moreland Hills Historical Society and the JAG Birth Site, we thank you Ed Haney and wish you health and happy years in your retirement.