Our Mission

The Lorain Historical Society engages members of the community and our visitors in our shared and diverse history through preservation, education, collaborations, and exciting programming for all ages, so that we learn from the past, develop civic pride, and transform the future.

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Preservation of a Community Landmark Award

The Cleveland Restoration Society and American Institute of Architects Cleveland have selected the Carnegie Center as one of 15 projects in Northeast Ohio to receive the 2017 Award for Preservation of a Community Landmark.

Members of the Restoration Society do site visits and examine factors such as the beauty, use of preservation best practices, creativity or how a community comes together to save a structure.

The Lorain Historical Society launched a $3 Million Capital Campaign in 2013 to pay for most of the needed remodeling and restoration, as well as establish an Endowment Fund.  A $500,000 grant from the State of Ohio Facilities Construction Commission was also awarded to complete the project.  Clark & Post Architects, Inc. designed the remodeled interior and exterior with Ron Cocco, President, serving as Architect of Record.  General Contractors included S. M. Fox Construction of Elyria for Phase I and Majzun Construction of Lorain for Phase II.

Children’s History Center

Installation of the of Lorain’s Bascule Bridge and The Ore Ship at the new
Children’s History Center at Lorain Historical Society’s Carnegie Center!

History On The Rocks 2017
presents The Roaring 20's at The Palace Theatre



Take A Look At Our Ever Changing Gift Shop!

2018 Sponsor Listings

We would like to thank all of our Sponsors for their generous donation to help us continue the Mission of the Lorain Historical Society

Event Sponsors

Joel Arredondo, President of Lorain City Council

First Federal Savings of Lorain

Great Lakes Computer

Lakeland Community Foundation

Newsletter Sponsors

Buckeye Community Bank

Footprint Tours

Januzzi's Footwear Solutions

Levit Jewelers

Lorain County Community College Foundation

Majzun Construction

Park and Illenberger CPA's

Somers Insurance Agency 


Premier Sponsors

Ben and Jane Norton

Zelek Flower Shop

Museum Sponsors

Corrigan Krause

McDonald Hopkins

Morgan Stanley

Raymond Plumbing and Heating

Winfield Associates

Media Sponsors

Patsie and Jenne Campana Foundation

The Morning Journal