Monthly Millennial Meeting
Jan
15
to Dec 13

Monthly Millennial Meeting

The Millennial Group is a group of engaged young individuals devoted to betterment of Lorain through history and service. #creatinghistorytoday

The Millennial Group meets each month on the second Thursday at 6 pm  at the Carnegie Center.

Contact Kaitlyn Donaldson (kdonaldson@lorainhistory.org) for more information or to be included on our emails. Meeting reminders are also posted on the Lorain Historical Society's social media accounts. 

Location: Lorain Historical Society's Carnegie Center, 329 W. 10th St., Lorain.

Upcoming 2018 Meeting Dates:

June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

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Waterfront History Excursions
Feb
8
to Sep 9

Waterfront History Excursions

2018 Tour Dates:  June 10, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26, September 9

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 travel along the riverfront past the sites of industrial giants, American Shipbuilding and US Steel, to witness the rebirth of wildlife preserves on the Black River.  Weather permitting, the excursion will cruise past the Lorain Lighthouse.

Tours are $20 per person and tickets can be purchased on the Lorain Port Authority’s website at www.lorainportauthority.com or by contacting the Port Authority at 440-204-2269. 

The boat leaves from Black River Landing at 2:00 p.m.  Guests are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior.

 

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Lorain International Festival: June 22, 23, 24
Feb
8
to Jun 24

Lorain International Festival: June 22, 23, 24

The Lorain Historical Society will have a booth at the Lorain International Festival, located in the Black River Landing Transportation Building.  Wind your way past the delicious food booths and the entertainment stage, and check out 'all things Lorain' at our booth.

Need a new Lorain t-shirt?  We have them!

Need a book about the Lorain tornado?  We have it!

Bring your family and friends to browse all of our Lorain-inspired merchandise, many of the items produced in the USA.  We will be taking orders for our soon-to-be published "Lorain Eats!" Cookbook, a Collection of Ethnically Inspired and Family Favorite Recipes.

See you at the festival!

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Children's History Center Summer Program
Feb
9
to Jul 31

Children's History Center Summer Program

June 27 at 10:30 am

July 12 & 19 at 10:30 am

July 25, 26 & 31 at 1:00 pm

The Children's History Center features working replicas of Lorain landmarks including the Bascule Bridge and a lake freighter. Children will participate in story time, engage in hands-on activities and tour the museum while learning about the city of Lorain and its history.

Reserve a time this summer for your group to tour the museum and get a closer look at what we offer for children ages 3 - 8.  Call us at (440) 245-2563 to reserve a date and time.  This free program is approximately 45 minutes; limit of 12 children per session.

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Lunchtime Local History Program: June 27 & 30
Feb
9
to Jul 30

Lunchtime Local History Program: June 27 & 30

Leonard M. Moore and His Contributions to Lorain's past and present

June 27 at Noon, Lorain Public Library System, Main Branch

June 30 at 11 am, Carnegie Center

Presented by Valerie Smith, Local Historian

Discover how a man who served as mayor of Lorain for only two years had such a lasting impact on our city's history.  Also view a virtual tour of the Moore House Museum.

Note: A $5 admission charge applies to all programs and exhibits at the Moore House Museum and the Carnegie Center.

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Lorain Trivia Nights
Feb
9
to Aug 29

Lorain Trivia Nights

What do you know about Lorain?  Think you are an expert?  PROVE IT!!

The Lorain Historical Society Millennial Group and Speak of the Devil are collaborating to bring you Lorain Trivia Nights this summer!  Come and test your knowledge of Lorain trivia as questions of 'yesteryear' and 'today' will be presented.  Bring a team or bring your grandparents and join us for a bit of knowledge and a whole lot of fun!

Dates: June 27, July 25, August 29

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Speak of the Devil, 201 W. 5th St., Lorain

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Annual Ice Cream Social: August 12
May
22
to Aug 12

Annual Ice Cream Social: August 12

Mark your calendar to attend our Annual Ice Cream Social at the Carnegie Center from 1 - 4 pm.  Tickets will be available in the near future to this popular sell-out event. 

Our committee is hard at work planning all of the details, so check back often for updated information!

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Annual Member Meeting and Banquet: May 10
Feb
8
to May 10

Annual Member Meeting and Banquet: May 10

Our Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held on May 10, 2018 at DeLuca's Place in the Park. 

Keynote Speaker: Richard Desich

We look forward to seeing you at this popular "member" event.  Our Keynote Speaker, Richard Desich, is the founder of Equity Trust and is a former Trustee of Lorain County Community College.

At this time, Reservations are closed.

 

 

 

 

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Water Treatment Plant Tour: May 10
Feb
8
to May 10

Water Treatment Plant Tour: May 10

May 10 at 10 am, Water Treatment Plant located at 100 Alabama Ave. in Lorain

As a follow-up to our May 8th presentation on the history of the Lorain Water Treatment Plant, Mr. William Gollnitz will be our tour guide for this special 'field trip.' 

Limited space is available - reservations required by May 8. Make a reservation by calling (440) 245-2563.  Lorain Historical Society Members attend free.  Non-Members will be charged $5 at the time of the tour.

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Lunchtime Local History Program: May 8
Feb
8
to May 8

Lunchtime Local History Program: May 8

The History of the Lorain Water Treatment Plant

Part I – 1884 to 1904-The Jewell Filter Plant

May 8 at 11 am, Carnegie Center

In 1884, the Village of Lorain installed a water supply system on Lake Erie adjacent to the Black River.  The system consisted of an intake located 1,300 feet from the shore, and a forebay (wet-well) located on the beach.  The two structures were connected by a 12 inch diameter iron pipeline.  In addition, the city constructed a pump and boiler house.  Water was pumped directly from the lake to residents through a series of pipelines buried along village streets.  Eight years later, in 1892, the Village began the installation of a sewage collection system.  The pipeline emptied raw sewage into the Black River at the harbor, less than 2,000 feet from the water intake.  Thus began a multi-year outbreak of Typhoid Fever.

Part I focuses on the history of the existing plant, the typhoid fever problem and the discharge of sewage into the Black River, along with how the City of Lorain addressed the problem by purchasing the Jewell Filter Process.

Join Retired Lorain Water Purification Plant Superintendent Bill Gollnitz as he traces the highlights of the Jewell Filter process from "back in the day" through to the population growth in the City of Lorain that put a strain on the filtration process while attempting to maintain water quality.

Mr. Gollnitz is a 44+ year veteran of the drinking water industry and former Lorain water purification superintendent, and will be leading the discussions.  Mr. Gollnitz has managed water utilities in New York, Rhode Island and Ohio.  As a trained water resource manager and hydrologist, he has also provided consulting services in several other states.  Mr. Gollnitz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Mount Union College, Alliance Ohio; and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science-Water Resources from SUNY-College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, New York.     

Note: A $5 admission charge applies to all programs and exhibits at the Moore House Museum and the Carnegie Center.

 

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Lunchtime Local History Program: April 25 & 28
Feb
8
to Apr 28

Lunchtime Local History Program: April 25 & 28

Lorain's World War I Veterans

Dr. Craig Semsel teaches American History at Lorain County Community College, and will be discussing Lorain's World War One veterans who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

April 25 at 12 Noon, Lorain Public Library System, Main Branch

April 28 at 11 am, Carnegie Center

Note: A $5 admission charge applies to all programs and exhibits at the Moore House Museum and the Carnegie Center.

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Unique Lorain Landmarks Bus Tour: April 20
Feb
8
to Apr 20

Unique Lorain Landmarks Bus Tour: April 20

April 20 from 10 am - 3 pm

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.

Box lunches will be available for purchase at the Carnegie Center or you may bring your own. Don't miss out on this unique tour, narrated by David Simmer.

This tour is being coordinated by the LCCC Center for Lifelong Learning.  Reservations can be made by calling (440) 366-4148.  The tour fee is $21, and will start at the LCCC Main Campus in Lorain at 10 am and will conclude at 3 pm.

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"Wets" vs. "Drys": Prohibition in Lorain; June 14 & June 16
Feb
8
to Jun 16

"Wets" vs. "Drys": Prohibition in Lorain; June 14 & June 16

Back By Popular Demand!!

Do you know how many bars closed in Lorain because of Prohibition?  Join us at the Moore House Museum for a tour and a discussion of how Prohibition impacted the city.

This program begins at 3:30 pm at the Moore House.  Space is limited, so reservations are required by calling (440) 245-25643 or by sending an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org.  $5 program fee applies, payable at the door.

Afterwards, participants can opt to visit 'Speak of the Devil', a new establishment just down the street.  Proprietors Kurt and Page Hernon will have a Prohibition themed drink available for your purchase and enjoyment!

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Lunchtime Local History Program: May 23 & 26
Feb
8
to May 26

Lunchtime Local History Program: May 23 & 26

The History of the Lorain Water Treatment Plant

Part II - 1904 to 1924 - The Pittsburgh Filter Plant and Upgrades

May 23 at 12 Noon, Lorain Public Library System, Main Branch

May 26 at 11 am, Carnegie Center

Part II reveals how the population growth in the City of Lorain placed a strain on the Jewell Filter Process and the quality of Lorain's drinking water at the time.

Join Retired Lorain Water Purification Plant Superintendent Bill Gollnitz as he traces the highlights of the Jewell Filter process from "back in the day" through to the population growth in the City of Lorain that put a strain on the filtration process while attempting to maintain water quality.

Mr. Gollnitz is a 44+ year veteran of the drinking water industry and former Lorain water purification superintendent, and will be leading the discussions.  Mr. Gollnitz has managed water utilities in New York, Rhode Island and Ohio.  As a trained water resource manager and hydrologist, he has also provided consulting services in several other states.  Mr. Gollnitz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Mount Union College, Alliance Ohio; and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science-Water Resources from SUNY-College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, New York.     

Note: A $5 admission charge applies to all programs and exhibits at the Moore House Museum and the Carnegie Center.

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3rd Grade Tours: May 14 - 18 and May 21 - 25
Feb
8
to May 25

3rd Grade Tours: May 14 - 18 and May 21 - 25

Local third graders will be touring the Moore House Museum and the Carnegie Center to learn more about the history of Lorain, which fulfills a portion of their social studies curriculum.

Because of the foot traffic that these tour generate, both the Moore House Museum and the Carnegie Center (including the Gift Shop) will be closed during this time period.  We appreciate your understanding.

If you have research questions, you can always call our Administrative Offices at (440) 245-2563 or send an e-mail to kdonaldson@lorainhistory.org.

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#LorainProud Meeting, June 7
Feb
8
to Jun 7

#LorainProud Meeting, June 7

All #LorainProud followers and Lorainites willing to support the #LorainProud movement are invited to attend a general meeting on June 7th from 5:30-7:30PM at the Lorain Historical Society Carnegie Center on W. 10th street. 

At this meeting you’ll be presented with a report on the recent Lorain Better Block event, as well as an update on the other projects that #LorainProud has in the works.  In addition, the group will be discussing ways to increase citizen participation and ease communication.

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Celebrate Literary Lorain: April 17 - 20
Feb
7
to Apr 20

Celebrate Literary Lorain: April 17 - 20

Mark your calendars for our 2nd Annual Literary Lorain Celebration!  All events will be held at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St., Lorain, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

As a bonus each night, books by local authors will be on sale!

Tues., April 17: Writing The Edge of Innocence by David Miraldi

In 2017, David Miraldi published his first book, titled The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett.

This book tells the story of the 1964 murder trial of Casper Bennett, a man accused of drowning his wife in a bathtub of scalding water in their home in Lorain. When Miraldi was just ten years old, he answered his family’s phone – and it was Casper Bennett wanting the services of his father, civil attorney Ray Miraldi. As an adult, David uncovered shocking facts about this long-forgotten drama, and the story he knew as a child disappeared, replaced by one far different.

Join us on April 17 to hear David Miraldi’s motivation for writing the book, information about the type of book it is, how he researched and wrote it, and more. A book signing will be held after the talk. Free and open to the public, light refreshments provided. 

Wed., April 18: Bound Together: One Great Bundle of Humanity

In Kelly Boyer Sagert’s latest play, she tells the story of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a poet, abolitionist, essayist, public speaker, journalist, suffragist and published fiction writer. This “extraordinary person of color” was born in 1825 in the United States while much of her race was enslaved, and she lived part of her life right here in Ohio. Bound Together: One Great Bundle of Humanity looks at her life, revealed when she and Hannah, a fictional white nurse with a history of her own, get snowed in. Beautifully portrayed by Debra Rose (Frances) and Judy MacKeigan (Hannah), and directed by Dave MacKeigan. This thought-provoking performance is open to the public. Admission: $5 per person, light refreshments provided.

Thurs., April 19: Literary Lorain’s Open Mic Night

Everyone is welcome to participate in Literary Lorain’s Open Mic Night. Bring poetry or short prose that you’ve written or read someone else’s work that you admire – or just come to enjoy an evening of creative fun. The event will be MC’d by Indi Wright, a multi-passionate author. To date, she has authored and published seven books that have uplifted and continue to uplift hundreds of people worldwide. Currently, Indi is working on book number eight, which will debut in 2018. The event is free and open to the public, light refreshments provided. No hate speech permitted.

Fri., April 20: Bruce Weigl: Why So Many Writers Are from Lorain

Join us as Pulitzer Prize finalist Bruce Weigl – born and raised in Lorain – shares insights into why so many writers have come from Lorain. What inspires them and nourishes their creativity?

Weigl attended Lorain County Community College and earned his BA at Oberlin College, his MA at the University of New Hampshire and his PhD at the University of Utah. He taught at Penn State for many years before becoming Lorain County Community College’s first distinguished professor. There, he started a student veterans group and an online literary journal, the North Coast Review. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry, receiving more than one Pulitzer nomination, along with multiple other books and in anthologies. He has won the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Patterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation. And, remember, he was born and raised in Lorain! Join us for his special presentation. Admission: $5 per person, light refreshments provided. 

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Children's History Room Grand Opening: April 15
Feb
5
to Apr 15

Children's History Room Grand Opening: April 15

We are excited to announce that the long-awaited opening of the Children's History Room at the Carnegie Center is on the horizon!  Bring along your youngsters to experience a working model of Lorain's Bascule Bridge and an Ore Ship!

Doors Open at 1:30 pm

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 2:00 pm

Public Open House until 4:00 pm

RSVP recommended by April 9 by calling the Lorain Historical Society at (440) 245-2563 or by sending an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org

 

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Lunchtime Local History Program: March 24 & 28
Feb
2
to Mar 28

Lunchtime Local History Program: March 24 & 28

Really Religious Reid Ave

Who would have guessed that one street, named for one of the city's foundingfathers, would become the most religious street in all of Lorain? 

Come along with us as we explore the sacred edifices that gave "soul" to the city of Lorain.

Presented by Dave Simmer

March 24 at 11 am, Carnegie Center

March 28 at 12 Noon, Lorain Public Library System, Main Branch

Note: A $5 admission charge applies to all programs and exhibits at the Moore House Museum and the Carnegie Center.

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Harvest for Hunger Campaign: March 23 & 24
Feb
2
to Mar 26

Harvest for Hunger Campaign: March 23 & 24

Please join us in our Harvest for Hunger Campaign, which will take place during our Indoor Yard Sale.

Of those who are served by the Second Harvest Food Bank, nearly 40% are children.  Please help provide food choices that are healthy, nutritious as well as enjoyable for children and the whole family, by bringing a food donation to our Indoor Yard Sale. 

These are the “Super Six” Most Needed Foods:

Breakfast Cereal

Peanut Butter

Canned Vegetables

Canned Tuna or Chicken

Canned Soups or Stews

Harvest for Hunger food and fund donations stay in the four counties Second Harvest serves: Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain to stock local food pantry and hot meal programs. The further away you get from the holidays, the greater the need. These funds help to see these programs through the lean summer months. Friends and neighbors still struggle with hunger through the summer months but it is not something many think about away from the holidays. Every $1 donated equals 5 or more meals distributed. Food and funds raised here are used here.

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Indoor Yard Sale: March 23 & 24
Feb
1
to Mar 24

Indoor Yard Sale: March 23 & 24

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Indoor Yard Sale returns, at a new location!

 

Start gathering your treasures to donate to our fabulous indoor yard sale, which will be held at the Black River Landing Transportation Building.  We are always in need of gently-used items to sell (sorry, we cannot accept any clothing).  This is our first fundraiser for 2018, with all proceeds benefitting the Lorain Historical Society. 

Location: Black River Landing Transportation Building, 421 Black River Lane in Lorain.

Accepting Walk-in Donations: March 19, 20, 21 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Black River Landing Transportation Building.

Indoor Yard Sale Dates: Friday, March 23 from 10 am - 4 pm and Saturday, March 24 from 10 am - 2 pm.

Questions about scheduling a drop-off or pick up of items:  Ron and Sue Sauer can be contacted at (440) 988-8036 or by email at cannonking44001@hotmail.com

PLEASE NOTE:  All items that are for sale at the Indoor Yard Sale are donated to us for this specific purpose.  We do not sell any items from our collection at this sale nor at any other venue.

 

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Pasta Paradise Fundraiser: March 11
Jan
30
to Mar 11

Pasta Paradise Fundraiser: March 11

The Lorain Historical Society announces its 12th Annual Pasta Paradise Fundraiser, set for Sunday, March 11 from 2 pm – 6 pm.   This family-friendly event will be held at the Jackalope Lakeside Restaurant, located at 301 Lakeside Ave, Lorain, with a beautiful view of the Lorain Lighthouse.

Pasta Paradise includes a pasta buffet, (Chicken Al Fredo with Bowtie Pasta; Mild Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta; Pasta Bolognese with Meat Sauce), salad and bread, Italian dessert, and a glass of house wine or beer.  Coffee, tea and soft drinks are also available.  Tickets are $20 per person.

Tickets are available at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St., Lorain, by phone at (440) 245-2563, or online at www.lorainhistory.org/events.  Tickets can also be purchased through any Lorain Historical Society Board member.

Just a reminder!  March 11th is the start of daylight savings time, so remember to change your clocks!

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Coffee and Conversation: April 12 & 14 SOLD OUT!!!!
Jan
29
to Apr 14

Coffee and Conversation: April 12 & 14 SOLD OUT!!!!

Wets vs. Drys: Lorain During Prohibition

While enjoying tea and coffee, visitors will experience the full Moore House tour and learn how Lorain and Ohio responded to prohibition.  Do you know how many bars closed in Lorain because of prohibition?  

Each room of the Moore House will have a different theme including the story of how prohibition was started, who was for (the wets) or against (the drys), immigrants, breweries in Lorain and rumrunning/speakeasies in Lorain.

This event begins at 3 pm at the Moore House Museum, located at 309 W. 5th St. in Lorain.  The Moore House Museum is handicap accessible only on the 1st floor.  This program has limited availability, so reservations are recommended by calling (440) 245-2563 or by sending an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org. Note: A $5 admission charge (payable at the door) applies to all programs and exhibits at the Moore House Museum and the Carnegie Center.

Following the tour, participants can opt to visit Speak of the Devil, a newly-opened establishment at 201 W. 5th St. in Lorain.  Proprietors Kurt and Page Hernon will be preparing a special prohibition drink for the occasion!

 

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Lunchtime Local History Program: February 28
Jan
28
to Feb 28

Lunchtime Local History Program: February 28

Garrett Morgan: African-American Inventor

The first of our 2018 collaborations with the Lorain Public Library System is the Lunchtime Local History Program.  The first lunchtime talk will be held on February 28 at 12 Noon, and the Main Branch of the Lorain Public Library System, featuring the Cleveland civic-minded inventor Garrett Morgan.

Garrett Morgan blazed a trail for African-American inventors with his patents, including those for a hair-straightening product, a breathing device, a revamped sewing machine and an improved traffic signal.

With only an elementary school education, Garrett Morgan, born in Kentucky on March 4, 1877, began his career as a sewing-machine mechanic. He went on to patent several inventions, including an improved sewing machine and traffic signal, a hair-straightening product, and a respiratory device that would later provide the blueprint for WWI gas masks. The inventor died on July 27, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The program is presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society. Light refreshments will be served.

 

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"Breaking the Ground and Tilling the Soil": February 18
Jan
16
to Feb 18

"Breaking the Ground and Tilling the Soil": February 18

"Breaking the Ground and Tilling the Soil" is a community conversation focusing on diversity and inclusion.  This program will approach the topic from the perspective of Lorain as the International City, and our need to "look below the surface" as we strive to improve our appreciation of the diversity of the city. 

The program will focus on African American Heritage featuring Dr. David Hall, Superintendent of Oberlin City Schools.   Also included in this program will be a brief performance from the 'Move It' Dance Troupe, a performance by Jeanine Donaldson, Director of the Elyria YWCA, and a special guest appearance by Sojourner Truth.

This event is sponsored by Pam Carter, 3rd Ward Lorain Councilwoman and JoAnne Moon, 5th Ward Lorain Councilwoman.  Light refreshments will be served, and the event is open to the public.

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Lorain Historical Society's Carnegie Center at 329 W. 10th St., Lorain.

This is a free event.

 

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Lorain Better Block, May 19 from 12 Noon - 8 pm
Jan
15
to May 19

Lorain Better Block, May 19 from 12 Noon - 8 pm

Stop at the Moore House Museum (309 W. 5th St.) and shop at our Gift Shop Pop-Up Store!!

#LorainBetterBlock or #LBB for short, is a celebration of the community. We want to temporarily demonstrate what the best block in the City of Lorain could look like. With the help and input of the community, we will be transforming Broadway in the heart of downtown Lorain. 

www.lorainbetterblock.com

On Saturday May 19th, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Broadway will be filled with bike lanes, better crosswalks, improved lighting, improved sidewalks, more seating, mini parks, a beer garden, local vendors, and pop-up shops. Please come and join us! 

What's on?
Eat: There will be food trucks available and local restaurants will be open for business too.

Play: There will be opportunities to play with our giant chess set.

Shop: Shop for local goods at pop-up stores.

Chill: Test out our temporary bike lanes, or just chill in mini parks that will line the streets! 

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Choral Spectrum Christmas Concert December 15 at 7 pm
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Choral Spectrum Christmas Concert December 15 at 7 pm

Choral Spectrum, one of Northern Ohio’s premier community choirs, will return to the Carnegie Center at the invitation of the Historical Society and present An Uncommonly Beautiful Christmas; Traditional Carols Rarely Heard.  Centuries of singing about the miracle of Christmas have produced a wealth of carols from all parts of the world that are very traditional and well-known but rarely heard in modern America.  Some of the best choral composers have revisited these uncommon carols and made these gems into beautiful arrangements.  Choral Spectrum will bring these carols to light in this performance.  

Choral Spectrum is an auditioned chamber choir of approximately 24 singers from communities across Northern Ohio, rehearsing on Monday nights at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Under the direction of Dr. Ted S. Williams, the choir specializes in performing traditional music of lasting worth.

Tickets are $20 per person, and includes the concert and a dessert buffet immediately after the performance.  This event is a fundraiser for both the Lorain Historical Society and Choral Spectrum.  Tickets can be ordered by clicking the link below, or by calling the Lorain Historical Society at (440) 245-2563.

The Museum Gift Shop, featuring Lorain-themed and handcrafted gifts will be open for your convenience on the day of the concert.

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Choral Spectrum Christmas Concert December 10 at 3 pm
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

Choral Spectrum Christmas Concert December 10 at 3 pm

Choral Spectrum, one of Northern Ohio’s premier community choirs, will return to the Carnegie Center at the invitation of the Historical Society and present An Uncommonly Beautiful Christmas; Traditional Carols Rarely Heard.  Centuries of singing about the miracle of Christmas have produced a wealth of carols from all parts of the world that are very traditional and well-known but rarely heard in modern America.  Some of the best choral composers have revisited these uncommon carols and made these gems into beautiful arrangements.  Choral Spectrum will bring these carols to light in this performance.  

Choral Spectrum is an auditioned chamber choir of approximately 24 singers from communities across Northern Ohio, rehearsing on Monday nights at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Under the direction of Dr. Ted S. Williams, the choir specializes in performing traditional music of lasting worth.

Tickets are $20 per person, and includes the concert and a dessert buffet immediately after the performance.  This event is a fundraiser for both the Lorain Historical Society and Choral Spectrum.  Tickets are available by clicking the link below, or by calling the Lorain Historical Society at (440) 245-2563.

The Museum Gift Shop, featuring Lorain-themed and handcrafted gifts will be open for your convenience on the day of the concert.

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Member Holiday Gathering December 3, 2017
Dec
3
1:00 PM13:00

Member Holiday Gathering December 3, 2017

Our Membership Committee hopes to see as many members as possible at this annual gathering to share a little holiday cheer!  Join us at the Carnegie Center for fellowship and entertainment as we usher in the holiday season.

Mary Beth Ions, Violinist, will be providing entertainment from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

The Museum Gift Shop, featuring Lorain-themed and handcrafted gifts will be open for your convenience on the day of the concert.

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Calling All Cooks!  We want your International Recipes!
Oct
25
to Jan 31

Calling All Cooks! We want your International Recipes!

The Lorain Historical Society Gift Shop is working on a cookbook which will reflect the International Heritage of our great city.  We are asking interested Lorainites (current and former) to share their favorite family recipes with us, particularly those with ethnic origins.  Did you know that we have identified over 55 different nationalities that have settled in Lorain?  Our goal is to obtain recipes from as many different cultures as possible.

The cookbooks will be professionally printed, and published in a full color 3-ring hardcover binder.

The targeted launch of these cookbooks is slated for June, 2018, just in time for the Annual International Festival!  The deadline for recipe submission is February 15, 2018.  Do you have a favorite recipe handed down from one of your relatives?  Send it our way!  

To obtain additional information about the cookbook,  a recipe submission form, or to reserve your copy of the cookbook, please contact the Lorain Historical Society at (440) 245-2563 or by e-mail:  info@lorainhistory.org

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Lorain Proud: Final 2017 Charrette Conversation, November 16 at 6:30 pm
Oct
4
to Nov 16

Lorain Proud: Final 2017 Charrette Conversation, November 16 at 6:30 pm

Lorain Proud is organizing the final 2017 Charrette Conversation to close out the year.  This meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16 at the Carnegie Center, from 6:30 pm to approximately 8:00 pm. 

The focus of this meeting is to develop an "action plan" for 2018 around each of the five areas that were identified in the September Charrette meetings.  These five areas need improvement if Lorain is to be "The Jewel on the North Coast" five years from now, in 2022.  They are:  active transportation, downtown re-development, history/arts/culture, lakefront/waterfront and schools/youth.

If you attended one of the Charrette meetings in September or completed an online questionnaire, you indicated your first area of interest and we hope that you will come to this final meeting to join your ideas with those of your fellow citizens to create an action plan for 2018.  If you were not able to attend a Charrette in September and still want to put your efforts behind one of these areas, join us at 6:30 pm at the Carnegie Center.

The meeting will last until approximately 8 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

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Museum Gift Shop Holiday Open House on November 12, 2017 from 10 am - 4 pm
Oct
1
to Nov 12

Museum Gift Shop Holiday Open House on November 12, 2017 from 10 am - 4 pm

Our Museum Gift Shop Elves have been hard at work to find a wonderful selection of locally handcrafted, Made in the USA items for your holiday gift-giving.

Join us on November 12th from 10 am - 4pm to see all of the wonderful new items in stock, including Lorain Lighthouse Suncatchers, Lorain Lighthouse Pottery Ornaments, Pottery Mugs and Serving Trays and Lorain Lighthouse Christmas Cards.  Light refreshments will be available throughout the day.

We are taking orders for our 2018 Calendar that features 15 paintings by Lorain artist Peggy Asensio.  These paintings were showcased in our Women's History Month Exhibit (March, 2017) entitled In The Hands of Women.  Through this series of paintings, Peggy highlights the diversity and complexities of women's lives of all ages.  Calendars are available for pre-order through Oct. 25th by calling the Lorain Historical Society at (440) 245-2563 or by sending an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org.  These specially designed calendars are $14.95 each, and Members of the Lorain Historical Society will receive a 10% discount.  Shipping is also available, beginning at $6.50, depending upon the quantity ordered and shipping destination.  Payment required to pre-order.

We also have Lorain and nautical-themed gifts, historical books and DVD's, books by Lorain authors, home accessories, etched glassware, art prints, jewelry, t-shirts, kids toys, games and books, as well as our ever-popular Lorain Afghan.

To assist in your shopping schedule, we will have extended Saturday hours from 10 am - 3 pm from November 18 through December 23.

We encourage you to shop early, as we expect that some of our hand-crafted items are going to be hot items!

 

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Celebrate Literary Lorain! Oct. 23 - 27 and Nov. 4
Sep
2
to Oct 27

Celebrate Literary Lorain! Oct. 23 - 27 and Nov. 4

The Lorain Historical Society is proud to present a series of literary events at the Carnegie Center each evening from 6 pm - 8 pm.

October 23: Writing Workshop and Book Fair.  This free writing workshop is coordinated by local author Kelly Boyer Sagert.  In addition, a book fair will be coordinated by Robert J. Moore, Vice President of the International Writers Association.

October 24: Focus on Children's Literature.  This free event is coordinated by children's author Marti Skarupa. A reading of the book Look How Lovely (Mira que lindo!) will be presented especially for parents and children from 6 pm - 7 pm, followed by a discussion of diversity in writing.

October 25: The Work of Helen Steiner Rice.  Charlene Connors Savoca presents her one-woman show, portraying Helen Steiner Rice in this free event. A poetry writing workshop will follow the presentation.

October 26: Trail Magic - The Grandma Gatewood Story.  This documentary film will be presented at 6 pm, followed with a discussion by Keynote Speaker Kelly Boyer Sagert, Screenwriter of the film.  A $5 admission fee will be charged per person.  This film is produced by Eden Valley Enterprises and Film Affects presented by Kelly Boyer Sagert.  Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story (A Documentary).  "Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story" was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Ohio Historical Society's History Fund.  The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio income tax refunds and designated gifts to the Ohio Historical Society.   www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.

October 27: Open Mic Night.  Join us for an open mic poetry/short prose night!  This free event is coordinated by Debra Rose and Kelly Boyer Sagert.  Please note that this is a family-friendly event, and no hate speech is permitted.

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Hispanic Heritage Events at the Carnegie Center
Sep
1
to Oct 15

Hispanic Heritage Events at the Carnegie Center

The Lorain Historical Society has collaborated with the Lorain Public Library System to bring Hispanic culture and traditions to the residents of Lorain.  Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced our nation and society.

An exhibition by the Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures will be available for viewing at the Carnegie Center as follows:                                              

Tues., October 10 from 10 am - 3 pm                                                              

Thurs., October 12 from 10 am - 3 pm                                                                

Sat., Oct. 14 from 11 am - 2 pm                                                                          

Sun., Oct. 15 from Noon to 4 pm, including a closing reception

Lorain's Aztec Dance Troupe, "Danza Tonantzin" will perform on Sun., Oct. 15 at 2 pm

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History on the Rocks Fundraiser October 14, 2017
Aug
31
to Oct 12

History on the Rocks Fundraiser October 14, 2017

Mark your calendar for our major fundraiser of the year, History on the Rocks! Our committee is hard at work, but we are pleased to announce that Speak of the Devil will present a new batch of historic cocktails, Pink Peppercorn Catering will provide a scrumptious array of appetizers and Tim Alcorn will once again be our DJ and Emcee.

Because of the tremendous response last year, we are moving our event to the historic Lorain Palace Theater in order to accommodate all of our guests.  Join us for an evening of fun, raffles, auctions and a few surprises!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

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NEW Volunteer Training Sept. 27 and Sept. 29
Aug
30
to Sep 29

NEW Volunteer Training Sept. 27 and Sept. 29

Interested in Volunteer opportunities close to home?

The Lorain Historical Society is always in need of Volunteers...as Greeters, Gift Shop Clerks, Tour Guides and Office Help, to name just a few.  Just a few hours of your time can provide a tremendous amount of support for our organization.  

We will be holding two Volunteer training sessions for NEW Volunteers as follows:  Wed., Sept. 27 at 1 pm and Fri., Sept. 29 at 10:30 am, both held at the Carnegie Center.

Give us a call at (440) 245-2563 to join our Volunteer Network!

The Carnegie Center is located at 329 W. 10th St., Lorain

 

 

 

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