Gift Shop Holiday Hours
Sep
2
to Dec 22

Gift Shop Holiday Hours

The Gift Shop Elves have found some fabulous items that will be perfect for your gift-giving needs throughout the holiday season!

Be sure to stop in and see: new wall art by Ohio Crafters, new note cards and postcards, family history kits for children and adults, Lorain-themed handthrown pottery mugs and crocks, My Gnome on the Roam Activity Kits for kids, new lighthouse design ornaments, Kelly Boyer Sagert’s new book, “Hidden History of Lorain County”, and don’t forget our fabulous “Lorain Eats!” Cookbook!!

The gift shop will also be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm as well as the following Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm:  Nov. 17, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT OUR COOKBOOK: If you are considering ordering a cookbook to be shipped, orders must be placed by Dec. 5 to guarantee Christmas delivery.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT OUR LORAIN AFGHAN: Our popular Lorain afghan, featuring numerous Lorain landmarks, is in limited supply. We recommend shopping early for this item!

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Creche Exhibit: Nov. 11 - Dec. 22
Sep
2
to Dec 23

Creche Exhibit: Nov. 11 - Dec. 22

In the Christmas season of 2018, the Lorain Carnegie Center will be home to a large crèche constructed using similar techniques and materials found in Italy and Spain.  Several structures, tents, animals and figures will be brought together in a landscape that attempts to recreate the atmosphere of Bethlehem. This special exhibit was designed and built by Dan and Dawn Bihary.

About the creche…

“Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223 at Greccio, central Italy,  in an attempt to place the emphasis of Christmas upon the worship of Christ rather than upon secular materialism and gift giving. The nativity scene created by Francis is described by Saint Bonaventure in his Life of Saint Francis of Assisi written around 1260. Staged in a cave near Greccio, Saint Francis' nativity scene was a living one with humans and animals cast in the Biblical roles. Pope Honorius III gave his blessing to the exhibit.

Such reenactment pantomimes became hugely popular and spread throughout Christendom. Within a hundred years every church in Italy was expected to have a nativity scene at Christmas time. Eventually, statues replaced human and animal participants, and static scenes grew to elaborate affairs with richly robed figurines placed in intricate landscape settings. Charles III, King of the Two Sicilies, collected such elaborate scenes, and his enthusiasm encouraged others to do the same.

The scene's popularity inspired much imitation in Catholic countries, and in the early modern period sculpted cribs, often exported from Italy, were set up in Catholic churches and homes. These elaborate scenes reached their artistic apogee in the Papal state, in Emilia, in the Kingdom of Naples and in Genoa. By the end of the 19th century nativity scenes became popular beyond Catholic settings, and many versions in various sizes and made of various materials, such as terracotta, paper, wood, wax, and ivory, were marketed, often with a backdrop setting of a stable.”  - Berliner, R. The Origins of the Crèche

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"Carols at the Spinet" Christmas Concert: Fri., Dec. 14 at 7 pm
Sep
2
to Dec 16

"Carols at the Spinet" Christmas Concert: Fri., Dec. 14 at 7 pm

The Lorain Historical Society welcomes Choral Spectrum to the Carnegie Center for the Annual Christmas Concert, scheduled for Friday, December 14 at 7 pm.

Choral Spectrum, one of Northern Ohio’s premier chamber choirs, in collaboration with the Lorain Historical Society, will present a concert entitled Carols at the Spinet, under the direction of Dr. Ted S. Williams.

Carols at the Spinet is presented in commemoration of the recent donation of a piano to the Lorain Historical Society. Choral Spectrum has performed at the Carnegie Center twice for Christmas without the aid of a piano, so the carols were sung a capella. Sometimes the choir split into two choirs with one choir singing the piano part! This Christmas we will enjoy a variety of carols with and without piano accompaniment. Corey Knick, who holds a Masters in Piano Performance from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, will be featured as accompanist. Come celebrate this wonderful addition to the Carnegie Center.

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, which includes a dessert buffet immediately following the concert. Online ticket sales will be available soon. Tickets can also be ordered by calling the Carnegie Center at (440) 245-2563 during regular office hours Tues. - Fri. from 10 am - 3 pm.

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"Carols at the Spinet" Christmas Concert: Sun., Dec. 16 at 3 pm
Sep
2
to Dec 16

"Carols at the Spinet" Christmas Concert: Sun., Dec. 16 at 3 pm

The Lorain Historical Society welcomes Choral Spectrum to the Carnegie Center for the Annual Christmas Concert, scheduled for Sunday, December 16 at 3 pm.

Choral Spectrum, one of Northern Ohio’s premier chamber choirs, in collaboration with the Lorain Historical Society, will present a concert entitled Carols at the Spinet, under the direction of Dr. Ted S. Williams.

Carols at the Spinet is presented in commemoration of the recent donation of a piano to the Lorain Historical Society. Choral Spectrum has performed at the Carnegie Center twice for Christmas without the aid of a piano, so the carols were sung a capella. Sometimes the choir split into two choirs with one choir singing the piano part! This Christmas we will enjoy a variety of carols with and without piano accompaniment. Corey Knick, who holds a Masters in Piano Performance from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, will be featured as accompanist. Come celebrate this wonderful addition to the Carnegie Center.

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, which includes a dessert buffet immediately following the concert. Online ticket sales will be available soon. Tickets can also be ordered by calling the Carnegie Center at (440) 245-2563 during regular office hours Tues. - Fri. from 10 am - 3 pm.

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Member Holiday Gathering, Dec. 2 from 1 - 4 pm
Sep
2
to Dec 2

Member Holiday Gathering, Dec. 2 from 1 - 4 pm

Mark your calendars for a fun afternoon as we celebrate the holidays and a successful 2018 for the Lorain Historical Society.  Have you seen the new mural in the Children's Center?  Did you know that we have new and exciting products in the Gift Shop?  Be sure to stop by to see the beautiful creche exhibit throughout the holiday season!

Spend some time with us and visit with your friends! Entertainment will be provided by Denny Callahan and Bob Maslinski; appetizers and desserts provided by the Lorain Historical Society; beer and wine courtesy of Frank Root.

We appreciate your continued support of our organization, and cordially invite you to join us as we say "THANKS" for a great year!  

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World War I History Talk: Nov. 10
Sep
2
to Nov 10

World War I History Talk: Nov. 10

Dr. Craig Semsel teaches American History at Lorain County Community College, and will be discussing Lorain's World War One Veterans who, 100 years ago, served in the U.S. Army. Craig has been researching Lorain's WWI Veterans for several years and in this presentation will share stories of what he has learned. This is the second and last of Craig's talks this year (in April he presented on Lorain's WWI Veterans who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.)

The soldier pictured here is John R. Danley, Marines. He was the first man from Lorain to die in World War I.

This History Talk will be held at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St., Lorain., beginning at 11 am.

Reservations are required for these programs by calling (440) 245-2563  or by sending an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org.   A $5 Program charge applies, and is payable at the door.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Women's Empowerment Panel; Oct. 27 at 9:30 am
Aug
15
to Oct 27

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Women's Empowerment Panel; Oct. 27 at 9:30 am

In Lorain we are fortunate to have many Latinas who are serving in leadership positions in both the public and private sectors.  Learn from these amazing women who are willing to share their stories—their struggles as well as their achievements—and see what a force for good we have right within our own community.

Our panelists include:  Mia Arredondo-NASA; Maria Carrion-International Human Resource Consultant; Julie Cruz Blair-Executive Director, Leadership Lorain County; Juanita Senquiz- President CHIP and Terri Soto-Treasurer, City of Lorain.  Panel moderator is Eileen Torres.

 Registration is required for this event by Friday, October 15.  Continental Breakfast provided at 9:30.

“Women’s Empowerment Panel” is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St. in Lorain. Register for one or more Hispanic Heritage events by calling (440) 245-2563 or send an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: So You Want to be a DJ?; Oct. 14 at Noon
Aug
10
to Oct 14

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: So You Want to be a DJ?; Oct. 14 at Noon

Join Gil R. Navarro and Friends as they share what they have learned about being a DJ.  Anyone who has made a music playlist knows well the joy in carefully choosing and putting together a selection of music for someone. Multiply that joy by one hundred or a few thousand, and it’s easy to see why being a DJ is a desirable job for anyone who loves music and who loves sharing it with others. To get paid to spin the tunes, you’ve got to have a true passion and commitment to the job. 

There will be time for hands-on practice with some of the equipment as well as a chance to ask your questions from experienced professionals in the field.

“So You Want to Be a DJ?” is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St. in Lorain. Register for one or more Hispanic Heritage events by calling (440) 245-2563 or send an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org.

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History on the Rocks Annual Fundraiser: October 13
Aug
5
to Oct 13

History on the Rocks Annual Fundraiser: October 13

Tickets are now available our Third Annual History on the Rocks, our largest fundraising event of the year, set for Saturday, October 13, 2018.  This year's theme is "Masquerade Ball Meets Industrial Chic,"  and we are ready to astound you with mystery at this fun-filled event!  Masquerade Ball costumes are encouraged, but not required, and masks will be provided upon entry at the Harbor Walk Warehouse in Lorain.

Festivities begin at 6 pm, with themed cocktails expertly crafted by Kurt and Page Hernon of Speak of the Devil Cocktails, perfect for an evening of mystery at our Masquerade Ball.  Pink Peppercorn Catering will provide a King's Buffet while DJ Tim Alcorn presides as Court Jester over a spirited Live Auction.  Guests will join in the merriment of numerous raffles and auctions, all to benefit the Lorain Historical Society.

Tickets can be obtained by calling the Lorain Historical Society at (440) 245-2563.  Ace of Hearts Tickets are $75 per person and a Masquerade Table Sponsor is $550 (Reserved table of 8).

The Harbor Walk Warehouse is located at 485 California Ave., Lorain.

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Historical Progam: World War I; Nov. 8 at 11 am
Aug
5
to Nov 10

Historical Progam: World War I; Nov. 8 at 11 am

The Lorain Historical Society will be presenting an historical program about World War I and its impact on Lorain.  This program will be held at the Moore House Museum, located at 309 W. 5th St., Lorain, beginning at 11 am. 

Due to the limited space at the Moore House, reservations are required by calling (440) 245-2563.  A $5 program fee applies, and is payable at the door.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Latin Rhythms, American Hits; Oct. 9 at 7 pm
Aug
4
to Oct 9

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Latin Rhythms, American Hits; Oct. 9 at 7 pm

Anyone who has met Eileen Torres knows that she is passionate about music, specifically Latin music.  The Lorain Historical Society is pleased to have Eileen share her passion with us as she plays  video clips of beautiful Latin rhythms that have found their way into mainstream American music.  Many identifiable “American” hits were actually composed and sung by Latin Americans. Good music appeals to all even if the lyrics change entirely. Songs like the Dinah Washington hit, “What a Difference a Day Makes” is actually “Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado”, Englebert Humperdink’s “Love Me with All Your Heart” is really “Cuando Calienta el Sol, and" It’s Impossible" is “Somos Novios.” These are just a few examples of Latin melodies adapted for an American audience. Video footage of many performers illustrate the easy cross over to please both audiences.

This program is presented in conjunction with Mexican Mutual Society and is part of its Cultural Series leading to its 90th Anniversary celebration on October 13, 2018.

“Latin Rhythms, American Hits” is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St. in Lorain. Register for one or more Hispanic Heritage events by calling (440) 245-2563 or send an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org

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Children's History Center: November Class
Aug
4
to Nov 10

Children's History Center: November Class

We are happy to announce the following children's classes scheduled this fall, which will be held in the Children's History Center at the Carnegie Center.  Classes are approximately 90 minutes in length, and begin at 10:30 am.  Classes are $5 each, with a maximum of 12 students per class.  For more information or to register, contact Bonni at (440) 245-2563.

ALL ABOUT FREIGHTERS: Students will learn about freighters traveling on the Great Lakes, including those built in the Lorain Shipyard.  During the session, students will explore the concepts of sink and float, experiment with density and bouyancy through hand-son activities, and engaging with a replica of a freighter.  Nov. 10 for students in 1st - 3rd grade.

 

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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!!

Get ready for our last Lorain Trivia Night of the Summer on August 29!  Can you beat the scores of our previous winners?  June trivia winners were Carm Januzzi and Jo-Ann Schmauch.  July trivia winners were John Schrenk & Company.

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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Lunchtime Local History Program: June 27 & 30
Feb
9
to Jun 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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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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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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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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Waterfront History Excursions
Feb
8
to Sep 4

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 Spitzer Lakeside Marina at 2:00 p.m.  Guests are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior.

 

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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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Ohio Open Doors Walking Tour in Downtown Lorain, September 8
Feb
7
to Sep 8

Ohio Open Doors Walking Tour in Downtown Lorain, September 8

Join us in a statewide celebration of downtown Lorain buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Buildings!  On Saturday, September 8, many downtown Lorain buildings will be open from 11 am - 2 pm, ready for you to explore.  Be sure to bring your camera as you take part in this self-guided tour of historic buildings.

Start at the Lorain Historical Society's Moore House Museum, located at 309 W. 5th St., and pick up a list of participants.  While you are there, be sure to get a cup of gourmet coffee from My Best Friend's Coffee and a sweet treat from the Sugar Shack.

Other participants include Speak of the Devil (201 W. 5th St.), Old Fire Station and Income Tax Office (605 W. 4th St.), Antler's Hotel (300 Washington Ave.), Duane Building (397-401 Broadway), Palace Theater (617 Broadway), Charleston Coffee House (630 Broadway), Jason Shaffer Photography (631 Broadway), Boarders (712 Broadway), Original Lorain Post Office (Broadway & 9th St.).  Additional storefronts may be open, so feel free to go exploring!

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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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