About Bratenahl Historical Society

How To Reach Us

The Bratenahl Historical Society serves as a repository of historical documents, photos and other information pertinent to the Village of Bratenahl, Ohio and its residents. We are a 501(c)3 organization, established in 1990 by David Gottschalt and other amateur village historians. Our organizational founders and ongoing volunteers believe that an understanding and appreciation of our historical heritage is essential to maintaining the unique identity of the community.

We are located in the Bratenahl Community Center and open to the the public.

Address: 10300 Brighton Road, Bratenahl, Ohio (Our parking lot is accessible from Burton Avenue, one block southwest of Brighton Road.)

Visitation by appointment.

Get Involved

The Bratenahl Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help preserve the rich history of Bratenahl and communicate our story.  There are many ways to volunteer:

  • Organize collections,
  • Develop public displays,
  • Conduct on-line research,
  • Write and post articles,
  • Assist with this website.

Do you have any suggestions? Whatever your skills, we are willing to work with you.

Contact us by email at bratenahlhistorical@gmail.com with your name and contact information.

Help us preserve the rich history of Bratenhal.

Donate to the Bratenahl Historical Society


The preservation and care of the BHS's collections and funding to continue to provide articles and publications, including this website, are made possible through the generous support of our friends and donors. We invite you to be a part of this important work. Donate now with PayPal.


The BHS collects a wide variety of archival material related to the history of Bratenahl and its founders.  BHS staff members will work with you to identify which materials are appropriate to donate. In some cases, BHS staff members may wish to see the material before it is physically transferred.

BHS collects both personal papers created by individuals and families, and records created by local organizations.  Types of materials that we collect may include: letters, deeds, meeting minutes, newspaper and magazine stories, scrapbooks, photographs, pamphlets, invitations, and other similar records.

For more information, please refer to our Collections Management and Acquisition Policy or contact us by email at bratenahlhistorical@gmail.com with your name and contact information.