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Local author James Toman will be the noted speaker at the Hudson Heritage Associationís general meeting on Feb. 13. Toman will present a history of the Higbee Company, as well as discuss the significance of its location in Clevelandís Public Square.



The Higbee Company opened its doors in 1860 as a dry goods merchant. It originally had two sites in downtown Cleveland, but in 1929 it moved to the Terminal Tower Complex, where it grew into a transportation, business, and shopping hub in the heart of the city. The company stayed in the complex until 2002, and today the site is the home of the Horseshow Casino Cleveland.



Cleveland native Toman has authored or co-authored 22 books, all dealing with various Cleveland topics. He partnered with others in 2007 to create the Cleveland Landmarks Press Foundation, which publishes books about the cityís history and landmarks. Toman also served as a dean of the social sciences/human services division of Lorain Community College until his retirement in 2006.



The Hudson Heritage Associationís meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. the Barlow Community Center in Hudson. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served following the presentation.



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