The Cleveland Storyteller Media Information
2018 Herrick Memorial Award Recipient, Dan Ruminski, Cleveland Storyteller
Dan Ruminski received the 2018 Herrick Memorial Award, joining past notable winners that include former Cleveland Mayor, Ohio Governor, and US Senator George Voinovich, columnist Dick Feagler, weatherman Dick Goddard, and businessmen Jeff and Tom Heinen. Dan was recognized for his stories that illuminate what made Cleveland great in the last decades of the 19th century and the first three decades of the 20th century. The award cited Dan's desire to inspire and promote discussion on how we can renew Cleveland's civic greatness
The Herrick Memorial Award is presented as a feature of the Cleveland Birthday Celebration held by the Early Settlers Association every year on July 22.
Clay Herrick, an active president, officer and valued member of ESA for many years, established the award in 1981 in memory of his wife, Ruth Penty Herrick. Upon his passing, his daughter Jill continued the award in memory of both parents.
The Herrick Memorial Award is a Civic Achievement Award presented to a person, recognized by the ESA board of directors, whose accomplishments have promoted and brought honor to the City of Cleveland.
Storyteller Dan Ruminski, Cleveland's yay sayer
Cleveland, Ohio – March 3, 2018 – Read about The Cleveland Storyteller in this Plain Dealer article.
Cleveland Storyteller, Dan Ruminski Named Citizen of The Year
Cleveland, Ohio – January 30, 2018 – Cleveland Storyteller Dan Ruminski was named the 2018 James K. Collins Jr. Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Willoughby Rotary Club during a special ceremony held January 29.
A Willoughby Rotary Club member for more than 20 years, Ruminski has served in numerous board and committee roles. His Cleveland Storyteller events have benefited numerous nonprofit organizations and historical societies, and have raised more than $50,000 for the autism community in collaboration with the Willoughby Rotary Autism Project (W.R.A.P.) and Autism Speaks.
"I am sincerely grateful to the committee, and humbly receive this award on behalf of all of those who have played a part in helping me accomplish so much," said Ruminski. "It takes a lot of good people to do a lot of good."
First presented by the Willoughby Area Chamber of Commerce in 1956, the award is an honor reserved for individuals that have consistently exemplified generosity, volunteerism and integrity, and have donated time, talent and treasure in service to the community.
"Dan is responsible for helping us raise thousands of dollars and has helped us become Northeast Ohio's largest provider of iPads for children with autism," said Ray Somich, past Rotary Club President. "We will always be grateful for Dan's talent and willingness to serve our Rotary Club and our community."
"Personally, I'm in awe of Dan, of his talent and his fundamental goodness," Dr. Tim Wright said in presenting the award. "He truly is a great Rotarian and a great citizen."
To learn more about Ruminski's support of area nonprofits, visit http://bit.ly/CLE-storyteller-fundraising. For more on his support of the autism community, visit http://bit.ly/CLE-storyteller-autism.
About Dan Ruminski, Cleveland Storyteller
Weaving together his passion for Cleveland history, Cleveland's reputation as one of the most charitable cities in the world, his mission to support the city, and his dedication to nonprofit organizations, Cleveland Storyteller Dan Ruminski has become a regional sensation. Since 2008, Ruminski has entertained tens of thousands with compelling stories of famous and infamous historical Cleveland figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including John D. Rockefeller, the Mather's, the McKinney's, the Drury's, the Corrigan's and the Thomas Howard White Family. Showcased at more than 600 venues across Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Storyteller events have inspired a deeper sense of connection and civic pride. The owner of six acres of the Circle W Farm, part of Walter White's original grand estate, Ruminski began with a keen desire to know the history of the estate. His landmark work with Alan Dutka, Cleveland in the Gilded Age, chronicles an incredible journey down Millionaires' Row. Recently named the James K. Collins Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Willoughby Rotary Club, Ruminski's special events have benefited numerous nonprofit organizations and historical societies, and have raised more than $50,000 for the autism community in collaboration with the Willoughby Rotary Autism Project (W.R.A.P.) and Autism Speaks.
Clay Herrick Memorial Award
The Early Settlers' Association of the Western Reserve has selected Dan Ruminski to be this year's recipient of the Herrick Memorial Award. The award is presented as a feature of the Cleveland Birthday Celebration on July 20.
The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Public Square in front of the Moses Cleveland statue with a talk on the history of Cleveland and a birthday cake provided by Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Following the Public Square program, a luncheon will follow at Pura Vida Restaurant. Call Betty Franklin for reservations 330-656-9066.
Dan appeared on the June 17, 2018, edition of "Golden Opportunities" on Channel 3 at 11:30 am.
Willoughby Rotary, Austism Speaks organize fundraisers to provide iPads - The News-Herald, January 12, 2015
Tales of Another Time (PDF)
The News-Herald, May 2, 2011
The Stockbridge in Cleveland has been sitting proudly on Euclid since the days of Millionaires' Row (PDF)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 3, 2011
Past Press Releases
The Cleveland Storyteller, Dan Ruminski, will lead a tour of Millionaires' Row for the American Bus Association on January 14, 2017. Working with the visitors' bureau, Mr. Ruminski will share the historical treasures and make Cleveland a point of destination.
(PRWeb December 22, 2016)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/millionaires/row/prweb13946373.htm
The Cleveland Storyteller's new talk looks at daily life on Cleveland's Millionaires' Row in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The Avenue includes tales of Rockefeller's secret passion, scandals, and a want-to-be socialite who outsmarted all.
(PRWeb November 22, 2016)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/millionaires/row/prweb13875067.htm
While much has been written about the men of Millionaires' Row, Cleveland Storyteller began researching the wives of these well-known figures. His new talk, titled The Famous and Infamous Women of Millionaires' Row, features women such as Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, war heroion Laura Mae Corrigan, and an outlandish swindler named Cassie Chadwick.
(PRWeb July 11, 2016)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/infamous/women/prweb13544782.htm
Dan Ruminski, The Cleveland Storyteller, has announced the availability of four historic landmark venues for his series of talks for corporate events, sales meetings, or fundraisers. His stories of Millionaires' Row and the unique people of the era take on added meaning when held in these historic buildings.
(PRWeb June 30, 2015)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/cleveland/history/prweb12820170.htm
Dan Ruminski, The Cleveland Storyteller, has announced a new series of talks for corporate events, sales meetings, or fundraisers. His stories of Millionaires' Row and the unique men and women of that era provide an entertaining experience while delivering valuable lessons that apply today.
(PRWeb January 16, 2015)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/keynote/speaker/prweb12447758.htm
Dan Ruminski, The Cleveland Storyteller, will use stories of Cleveland's history of Millionaires' Row, in a fundraiser on Sunday, January 26, 2014. The fundraiser will include dinner, his talk, and copies of Dan's book to raise money to purchase iPads for children with autism.
(PRWeb December 10, 2013)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/ipads/autism/prweb11410772.htm
Cleveland Storyteller Dan Ruminski's new book, "Cleveland in the Gilded Age - A Stroll Down Millionaires' Row," has already raised over $1000 for the Willoughby Rotary Autism Project. Mr. Ruminski has been donating a portion of the proceeds from each book sold to the club to provide iPads for children with autism.
(PRWeb February 26, 2013)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/autism/fundraising/prweb10468889.htm
Cleveland History Lessons Storyteller Dan Ruminski will host a special book-signing event at Sara's Place, in Gates Mills, Ohio, on March 10, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. The tickets include dinner, a signed copy of his new book, "Cleveland in the Gilded Age - A Stroll Down Millionaires' Row," and a new story created for this fundraiser to benefit the Willoughby Rotary Autism Project and the Gates Mills Historical Society.
(PRWeb January 28, 2013)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/book/signing/prweb10369870.htm
Cleveland Storyteller Dan Ruminski and coauthor Alan Dutka have released a new book, "Cleveland in the Gilded Age - A Stroll Down Millionaires' Row." In addition to the book, Dan released a DVD of one of his storytelling performances, "The Great Estates of Wickliffe," shot at the Coulby Mansion, now Wickliffe City Hall. The DVD covers many of the families included in the book, including Rockefeller, Corrigan, McKinney and Coulby.
(PRWeb December 15, 2012)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/millionaires/row/prweb10241744.htm
Dan Ruminski, The Cleveland Storyteller, will use stories of Cleveland's history of Millionaires' Row, in a fundraiser on Sunday, December 11, 2011. The fundraiser will support WRAP, the Willoughby Rotary Autism Project, with 100% of proceeds benefiting local autism clinics and awareness organizations.
(PRWeb November 17, 2011)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/autism/fundraiser/prweb8973794.htm
Stories you’ve never read or heard highlight Cleveland’s amazing history during the years 1875–1929 on Millionaires’ Row. Dan Ruminski creates a spellbinding entertainment experience - The Storyteller in his chair, sharing unique stories of Cleveland's past.
(PRWeb September 01, 2011)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/cleveland/history/prweb8765532.htm