Indoor Yard Sale May 4, 5, 6, 2017
May 6

Indoor Yard Sale May 4, 5, 6, 2017

"One man's trash is another man's treasure"

Join us for our Annual Spring Indoor Yard Sale, and you just might find a hidden treasure!   

The yard sale will be held at 668 Broadway, Lorain, with dates and times as follows:

Thursday, May 4 from 10 am - 4 pm

Friday, May 5 from 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday, May 6 from 10 am - Noon.

Do you have a collection of 'stuff' that you would like to donate to our yard sale?  Call Ron & Sue at (440) 988-8036 and they will make arrangements for a pick-up and/or drop-off time.  In addition, walk-in donations will be accepted on Tuesday, May 2 from 10 am - 3 pm.  We cannot accept clothing for this yard sale.

PLEASE NOTE:  We do not sell any items that are in our permanent collection.

Annual Member Meeting and Banquet May 25, 2017
May 25

Annual Member Meeting and Banquet May 25, 2017

Our Annual Member Meeting and Banquet will feature Keynote Speaker and Lorain native Martha Cook Piper.  This event will be held at DeLuca's Place in the Park, Lorain, and invitations have been mailed to all members.  If you are not a member but would like to attend this event, please send an e-mail to, and we will be happy to provide you with a reservation form.  Tickets to this event cannot be ordered online.

Members: $30; Non-Members: $35; Individual Event Sponsor: $75 (1 ticket + name in program book); Couple Event Sponsor: $100 (2 tickets + names in program book); Table Sponsor: $240 (8 tickets + sponsor name in program book)

Dr. Martha Cook Piper was the Interim President and Vice Chancellor of The University of British Columbia from 2015-16.  She also served as the 11th President of the University of British Columbia from 1997 to 2006. 

Dr. Piper has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Montreal, Shoppers Drug Mart, TransAlta Corporation and Grosvenor Americas Ltd.  She has also served as a board member of CARE Canada, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation.   She was Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Nanotechnology and served as a member of the Trilateral Commission.

Dr. Piper received her B.Sc. degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan, her M.A. degree from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University.  She has served as Director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University (’79-’85), Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta (’85-’93) and Vice President, Research and External Affairs, University of Alberta (’93-’97). 

The recipient of 17 honorary degrees, Dr. Piper is an officer in the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia.  She was named Educator of the Year by the Learning Partnership in 2004, was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford University in 2007 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008.



Waterfront History Excursions
Aug 19

Waterfront History Excursions

  • 319 Black River Lane Lorain, OH, 44052 United States

Black River Landing

$20 per person; tickets available at

Excursions are scheduled for the following Saturdays this summer:

June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19

Cruise the Lorain waterfront and learn the importance the waterways played in the development of Lorain that began at the mouth of the Black River.  This 2-hour history tour will be narrated by a member of the Lorain Historical Society.  The excursion will view the beachfront of beautiful Lakeview park and continue on the riverfront past the sites of industrial giants, American Shipbuilding and US Steel, to witness the rebirth of wildlife preserves on the Black River.

Unique Lorain Landmarks Tour June 9, 2017
10:00 am10:00

Unique Lorain Landmarks Tour June 9, 2017

  • SOLD OUT!!

Come along with the Lorain Historical Society on a tour of special landmarks in Lorain, Ohio.  From the Charleston Cemetery, unexpected public buildings, distinctive religious edifices, to the magnificent waterfronts, Lorain has much to see.  This bus excursion will bring alive memories, give historical insight, and even bring some surprises.  Don't miss out on this unique tour!

A stop at the Carnegie Center, the original Lorain Library and now home of the Lorain Historical Society, will take place during the lunch hour.  Box lunches will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own lunch.

This tour is in collaboration with the LCCC Center for LifeLong Learning.  To register, please call (440) 366-4148.

Course Number: NREL 174C  

Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 10 am - 3 pm

Instructor: David Simmer of Lorain County Sacred Landmarks

Participants will meet at the LCCC Lorain Learning Center, located at 201 West Erie Ave., Lorain, OH  44052.                                                                                     

Lorain International Festival  June 23 - 25, 2017
Jun 25

Lorain International Festival June 23 - 25, 2017

  • Black River Landing

The Lorain Historical Society will once again have a booth at the 51st International Festival and Bazaar, featuring books on Lorain history, books written by Lorain authors and a full collection of Lorain-inspired gifts.

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Lorain Lighthouse, we will have our specially-designed Lorain Lighthouse Jigsaw Puzzle as well as the children's book Tyler the Fish and the Lorain Lighthouse. Stop by and shop our collection of Lorain Lighthouse glassware, pillows, tea towels, trivets, and our beautiful woven afghan featuring prominent Lorain destinations.

Ice Cream Social August 13, 2017
1:00 pm13:00

Ice Cream Social August 13, 2017

  • Carnegie Center

Mark your calendar and join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social and visit with friends!   Our Ice Cream Social Committee is hard at work planning this year's event, so check back for updates!


Community Volunteer Fair April 4, 2017
7:00 pm19:00

Community Volunteer Fair April 4, 2017

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Are you a community organization looking for volunteers?

Join us at our Community Volunteer Fair and learn about opportunities that are available in our local community.  This event will be held at the Carnegie Center from 7 pm - 9pm, with light refreshments available at 6:30 pm.

Reserve your space by March 28, 2017 by calling the Lorain Historical Society at (440) 245-2563 or by sending and e-mail to

Featured speakers are Rob Koscho and Stephanee Moore Koscho of the LoCo 'Yaks Organizations, discussing the upcoming Black River Clean-up that is scheduled for May 6 & 7, 2017.


Pasta Paradise Fundraiser March 26, 2017
2:00 pm14:00

Pasta Paradise Fundraiser March 26, 2017

  • Jackalope Lakeside Restaurant

Join us for our 11th annual Pasta Paradise Fundraiser!  DELIZIOSO!!!  

This fundraiser includes pasta buffet (3 different pasta dishes), Salad, Bread, Italian Dessert, and a glass of wine or beer.  Coffee, tea and soft drinks are also available.

$20 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Lorain Historical Society. Currently, tickets are available at the Carnegie Center, from any Board member,  or by using the link below.

Location:  Jackalope Lakeside, 301 Lakeside Ave., Lorain

Hours:  2 pm - 6 pm  (due to last year's sell-out, we have added an additional hour to this fun event!)

Please Note:  To help accommodate all of our guests for this popular event, we ask you to limit your stay and allow us to "turn the tables" every hour-and-a-half or so.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.




Charrettes Discussion Groups March 21 - 30, 2017
Mar 31

Charrettes Discussion Groups March 21 - 30, 2017

What is a Charrette Discussion?

A Charrette Discussion is an open-ended and collaborative series of grass-roots planning sessions where a cross section of the public is sought to provide insight and input from a grass roots level.  Most importantly, a Charrettes allow everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the vision of what Lorain can be in the next 20 years and how they may help to make that vision a reality. 

Do you want to help the Lorain Historical Society create a virtual exhibit of what kind of community Lorain can be?  Consider participating in one of the Charrette Discussion Groups, listed below:

Tues., March 21 at 7 pm: El Centro  2800 Pearl Ave., Lorain

Wed,, March 22 at 7 pm: LMHA  1600 Kansas Ave., Lorain

Thurs., March 23 at 7 pm:  Croatian Club  4846 Oberlin Ave., Lorain

Sat, March 25 at 10 am:  Carnegie Center  329 W. 10th St., Lorain

Sat., March 25 at 1 pm:  Carnegie Center  329 W. 10th St., Lorain

Tues., March 28 at 1 pm:  #1104 Union Hall  Broadway, Lorain

Wed., March 29 at 7 pm:  Croatian Club  4846 Oberlin Ave., Lorain

Thurs., March 30 at 7 pm:  St. Frances Cabrini Church  2143 Homewood Dr., Lorain

This project is made possible with the help of The Community Foundation of Lorain County, The Nord Family Foundation and The Stocker Foundation.

The Lorain Historical Society is proud to be in partnership with the following organizations to bring this project to the community:  Lorain County Community College, The Lorain Port Authority, The Lorain Public Library System, The Morning Journal and United Way of Greater Lorain County.



Notable Women of Lorain History Talks March 11 & 21, 2017
Mar 31

Notable Women of Lorain History Talks March 11 & 21, 2017

The celebration of women continues with a look at Lorain's Notable Women, presented by Carm Januzzi.  A life-long resident of Lorain, former Trustee of the Lorain Historical Society and well-known member of the local community, Carm uses her special brand of humor and insight to present her study of some of the most important women in the history of Lorain.

Admission to the program is included with the $5 charge to see the Spotlight Exhibit (payable at the door).

Saturday, March 11 at 11 am at the Carnegie Center

Tuesday, March 21 at 1 pm at the Carnegie Center

In the Hands of Women Spotlight Exhibit March 5, 2017 - March 31, 2017
Mar 31

In the Hands of Women Spotlight Exhibit March 5, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Join us for this fascinating art exhibit by Peggy Asensio, in honor of Women's History Month.  The exhibit will be available for viewing during the month of March.

Artist Peggy Asensio has been interested in hands as a subject since she did a detailed study of hands for a drawing class.  The fascination never left her, and she found that unlike traditional portraits, one's hands are representative of every aspect of a person's life.  They can reveal gender, age and race.  They are active participants in work, leisure, love, caring and creativity.  

As women continue to break down the barriers in areas not open to them in the past, they continue to fulfill traditional roles as well.  Through this series of paintings, Peggy highlights the diversity and complexities of women's lives of all ages.

Admission to the exhibit is $5 (payable at the door).

Young Professionals Mixer: 90's Trivia Night February 9, 2017
8:00 am08:00

Young Professionals Mixer: 90's Trivia Night February 9, 2017

Do you know which movie won the 1998 Oscar for Best original Screenplay?

What event became known as "The Whack Heard 'Round the World"?

Who was the creator of Dawson's Creek?

These questions (and more!) are likely to be answered at our 90's Trivia Night!!

Join the Lorain Historical Society's Millennial Committee on February 9 between 7 and 9pm for a networking evening.  Meet other young people who live in Lorain, learn what events are planned and share your ideas for creating a vibrant community.  Refreshments provided.

Lorain Products Corporation Spotlight Exhibit  November, 2016 - March, 2017
Mar 28

Lorain Products Corporation Spotlight Exhibit November, 2016 - March, 2017

  • Lorain Historical Society

Lorain Products Corporation played a large part in the telecommunications industry worldwide.  Established in 1936 by C.P. Stocker in Lorain, it employed thousands of people throughout the years.  The exhibit will tell the story of the impact of the man and his company had on the telecommunications industry, as well as the legacy that was left behind.

This Spotlight Exhibit can be viewed during our regular hours through March 31, 2017.  Days and hours of operation are as follows:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as well as the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  A $5 Spotlight Exhibit fee is payable at the door.

History on the Rocks Fundraiser
6:00 pm18:00

History on the Rocks Fundraiser

  • The Carnegie Center

October 1 from 6 – 9 pm
$45 per person

Tables of 8 also available

Mark your calendars to join members and friends for this NEW major fundraising event!  This evening of fun and frolic will feature Speak of the Devil Cocktail Crafters Kurt and Page Hernon as we unlock the mystery (and history!) of cocktail crafting in America.   Featured drinks will be served with delectable bites by Pink Peppercorn Catering, with DJ Tim Alcorn joining in on the merriment.   Raffles. Silent Auction. Side Boards. Mini Trivia Contest.

Proceeds from this event will be used for artifact preservation and program development.

Tickets are available by calling (440) 245-2563 or order online here.

Eat. Drink. Make History.
5:00 pm17:00

Eat. Drink. Make History.

  • The Carnegie Center

Wed., Sept. 21, 2016 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Members: free / Guests: $5 (payable at the door)

Join us for Happy Hour, visit with friends and make some new acquaintances!   Wine, Beer and Non-alcoholic beverages will be served with light appetizers.

Fall Indoor Yard Sale
Sep 9

Fall Indoor Yard Sale

  • LHS Yard Sale

September 8 and 9 from 10 am – 4 pm; September 10 from 10 am – Noon

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!”   Our bi-annual yard sale is always a big hit, filled with a lots of hidden treasures.  If you have items to donate, please call (440) 245-2563 or send an e-mail to  We will be happy to schedule a pick-up or drop-off time for your items.   Please note that we cannot accept clothing.  In addition, we do not sell any items from our permanent collectio

Blooms of Steel,  The Musical.
Apr 24

Blooms of Steel, The Musical.

  • Lorain Palace Theater

Fri., Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm
Sat., Apr. 23 at 7:30 pm
Sun., Apr. 24 at 3:00 pm

Tickets are now available at $13 per person ($15 at the door on day of show)
(440) 245-2323 or online at

Based on the play of the same name, commissioned in 2008 by the Lorain County Metro Parks, Blooms of Steel, The Musical tells the story of the community that grew around the steel mill in Lorain through the family history of fictional steel mill retiree, Emil Hubiak, a recent widower clinging to the last threads of independence. When his grandson moves his family in after losing his posh Florida home to foreclosure, Emil is determined to make their temporary stay permanent by showing them how deeply rooted they are in the city’s history. While the family attributes his love and loyalty to a once-vibrant and proud city to the ramblings and sketchy memories of an old man, soon, they too are caught up in the magic and resilience of a city on the brink of rebirth and are reminded there really is no place like home.

This production is a collaboration of the Lorain Historical Society, the Lorain Palace Theater and the Lorain County Community College Theatre Department, with partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council.  Blooms of Steel, The Musical, is written by Kimberly Aldrich-Ceja, 
Directed by Skip Corris, with Musical Direction by David Blazer