Legacy Week: Celebrating CWRU History

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What is Legacy Week?

Legacy Week is a celebration of the unique history of Case Western Reserve University. The week allows each university department, school, and student organization to celebrate their own unique history within the CWRU historical timeline as well as our Nobel Laureates and significant research findings.

The week gathers the university community in a celebration of campus pride and school spirit.

It is scheduled the week preceding the Hudson Relays in April, celebrating one of the longest standing traditions at Case Western Reserve University. 

When is Legacy Week?

Legacy Week is held every Spring Semester. Legacy Week 2023 is April 24-29th, culminating in the annual Hudson Relays! 

Join us in celebrating Legacy Week!

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2022 Events:


Virtual Trivia Contest,  April 18-22nd via instagram! @sal_cwru

Spartie Cartie! April 18-22: Surprise pop ups of our beloved mascot all across campus distributing unique swag!

History Pop-Up Display!  A pop-up exhibit by University Archives will be on display in Kelvin Smith LIbrary during Legacy Week. Come view photos, t-shirts, artifacts, record albums, songbooks, and more featuring student musical groups and the Hudson Relay. The exhibit will be in two exhibit cases near the stairway on the first floor.

Celebrate "Love Where You Live Week" Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association. For a full listing of activities click here!

When the North Campus Association and South Campus Association came together in 1992, they started celebrating the on-campus experience and residential life at CWRU. For the last 5 years, RHA’s Love Where You Live Week has been a celebration of what CWRU and Cleveland have to offer by providing residents with a week of programs geared towards engaging with the campus community. Come out for four days of new, engaging events before ending the week with some of RHA’s biggest traditions!

A Peek into the History of Greek Chapters at CWRU! Sponsored by IFC and Panhel

Stroll along the Kelvin Smith Oval and learn more historical information about our CWRU Greek Organizations.

MONDAY, April 18, 2022

A special Open House of Amasa Stone Chapel (history lesson awaits!) 12 noon -2:00 pm

Stop by Amasa Stone Chapel to see the glorious interior of this landmark and learn about its architecture and history. Carved wood, stone arches, stained glass, tributory plaques, memorial likenesses, and the memory of generations of university community members await your visit.

TUESDAY, April 19, 2022

"The Ark" and CWRU History and Dinosaurs and Coyotes" 3:30 pm

Want to learn about "The Ark," a club that led to the creation of the Case School of Applied Science AND the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH)? Wanna go on a field trip to the museum, and see their exhibit on the Ark and other museum history, and then explore live animals, gems and rocks, and dinosaurs? We'll meet at KSL Oval for a short overview, then we will walk over together to CMNH for a visit. Bring your CWRU ID card so you can take advantage of the Free Access program. Approx. 1 to 1.5 hours (the museum closes at 5). Wear comfortable shoes. Register here on Campus Groups!

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2022

COC Legacy Goodies! 11:00 am - 2:00 pm The Mather Quad

Join members of the Class Officer Collective as they celebrate Legacy Week! Join them on the Mather Quad and receive some stickers, treats, and other fun giveaways. Goodies will also include some sweet treats. Learn more about the annual Hudson Relays, this very special event sponsored by your Class Officers every year!

Celebrating Flora Stone Mather! 11:00 am -1:00 pm

Come by Guilford House, the yellow cottage named for Flora Stone Mather's favorite teacher, that served as the first residence hall for women on campus. Grab a potted plant and learn more about our namesake's legacy! Sponsored by the Flora Mather Stone Center for Women.

A CWRU History Walking Tour: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Join us on a stroll across campus and through stories of CWRU's history! Learn about CWRU beginnings, secrets, quirks, beauty, and its fascinating past. We'll begin at Adelbert Hall, walk through the Case Quad, and then cross Euclid to learn about the historic former campus of the Flora Stone Mather College for Women. Approx. 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes. Requested RSVP with janice.gerda@case.edu

THURSDAY, April 21, 2022

UPBeCozier! 5:15 pm -7:15pm The Coffeehouse on Juniper

Did you know that The Coffee House used to be a frat house? Cozy up at the century old Coffee House with UPBeCozier! Take a break from studying to play some board games and mingle while enjoying a warm beverage (coffee, tea, or hot chocolate) and pastry of your choice from the best coffee shop on campus. Who could resist? Register on CampusGroups for a time slot!

FRIDAY, April 22, 2022

The Legacy Week Tailgate, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, KSL Oval

The annual Legacy Week Tailgate Is an outdoor event celebrating....you guessed it,  Legacy Week & school spirit! There will be food, music, and fun activities that emphasize CWRU history.  This year we are offering a unique spin because it is on Earth Day so we will also be focusing on the history of the sustainability movement at CWRU.

sponsored by the University Spirit Committee, USG & UDC

Clarke After Dark, 7:00 -10:00 pm, outside of Clarke Tower

RHA invites you to attend Clarke After Dark, an annual event that recognizes student talent and celebrates community here on CWRU's campus. This traditional event will have an open mic talent show where student organizations or individuals can come together to celebrate CWRU and its students. Come hang out safely, listen to live music, and enjoy some food while we all celebrate what campus has to offer!


Hudson Relays

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. on the Main Quad

In 1882, Western Reserve University moved 26 miles from Hudson, Ohio, to the University Circle area. Case Western Reserve University annually commemorates this event with Hudson Relays, a 26-mile relay race around the current campus. The event orginally began in 1910, starting in Hudson, Ohio, and ending at the rock in front of Adelbert Hall.

Sponsored by the Class Officer Collective and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership

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Additional historical exhibits or displays:

John T. Vaughn Athletic Hall of Fame, Veale Recreation Center

Physics Museum, lowest level of Rockefeller Hall and on the walls of the grand staircase

Red Cat and Rough Rider memorabilia, lounge displays, Wyant Athletic and Wellness Center

Nobel Prizes and CWRU, Hovorka Atrium

Dental Centennial Historical Museum 2124 Cornell Road (former School of Dental Medicine building)

Cleveland history and CWRU artifacts, Cleveland Room, Thwing Center

Case School and Case Alumni Association, displays and artifacts, lobby and in the Case Alumni Association office, Tomlinson Hall

Historical Photos of CWRU, Flora Stone Mather Reading Room and second floor, Kelvin Smith Library

Trailblazers, first floor, Kelvin Smith Library

CWRU Film Society history, lobby of Strosacker Auditorium

Portraits of Presidents,  Adelbert Hall

History of CWRU (rotating topics) second floor, Hitchcock Hall, Thwing Center

Campus Fun Facts

Mock Trial

For the first time in our program’s history, two of Case Western’s mock trial teams qualified for the Opening Round Championships (ORCs), thanks a 4th and 5th place finish at the Dayton Regionals. Although we narrowly lost out on a bid to Nationals in a 6-way tie, three of our members won individual awards at ORCs, with senior Kyle Parker winning a perfect 20 ranks as a prosecution attorney.


Flora Stone Mather

Fun fact – Flora Stone Mather – the namesake for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women on campus - built Guilford House (originally a dormitory called Guilford Cottage) to honor her former teacher Linda T. Guilford. She also contributed funds toward the construction of Hayden Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel. She left her mark on campus and on us!

In Photo: Dr. Angela Clark-Taylor, Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, spends some quality time with Flora during Homecoming 2019!

Learn About Legacy Week

Legacy Week was established in 2017, to observe and showcase the history of Case Western Reserve University's momentous history. During this week various departments, offices, student organizations, staff and faculty members, and individual students will host various programs and events to bring to light the history of CWRU.

However, there is more! We know that Case Western Reserve University would be nothing without you! So, through programs and events, our campus will help celebrate YOU! Your legacy!

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