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.

2018 Meeting Dates:

February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 7, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

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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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Coffee and Conversation: March 8 & 10, April 12 & 14
Jan
29
to Apr 14

Coffee and Conversation: March 8 & 10, April 12 & 14

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Learn more about the Jewell Filter Plant from our guest speaker, William Gollnitz.  Mr. Gollnitz is a 44+ year veteran of the drinking water industry and former Lorain water purification superintendent, will be providing 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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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

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.' 

This tour has a limit of 15 people, and spaces are reserved for Members of the Lorain Historical Society.  Make a reservation by calling (440) 245-2563 or by sending an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org.  This is a free tour.

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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

Learn more about the Lorain Water Treatment Plant from our guest speaker, William Gollnitz.  Mr. Gollnitz is a 44+ year veteran of the drinking water industry and former Lorain water purification superintendent, will be providing 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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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 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.

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.

See you at the festival!

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Lunchtime Local History Program: June 27 & 30
Feb
8
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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"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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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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Charrettes Discussion Groups September 26 - 30, 2017
Aug
25
to Sep 30

Charrettes Discussion Groups September 26 - 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., September 26 at 1 pm:  #1104 Union Hall   2501 Broadway, Lorain

Tues., September 26 at 7 pm:  Croatian Club  4846 Oberlin Ave., Lorain

Thurs., September 28 at 7 pm: El Centro  2800 Pearl Ave., Lorain

Sat, September 30 at 1 pm:  Carnegie Center  329 W. 10th St., Lorain

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.

 

 

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Prohibition Night at the Museum! September 27, 2017
Aug
24
to Sep 27

Prohibition Night at the Museum! September 27, 2017

You're invited to an exciting night at the Moore House Museum to sample a special treat from Speak of the Devil Cocktails and hear stories from "the Wets" (for sale of alcohol) and "the Drys" (against sale of alcohol) of Lorain's history!  This event is the 'bees knees', with barrels of fun from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Can you guess how many Lorain bars closed when the prohibition amendment was passed in 1920? 

Limited number of tickets for sale: 15

Ticket cost $10

The Moore House Museum is located at 309 W. 5th St., Lorain.

 

All ticket sales must be purchased in advance by September 26. 

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Unique Lorain Bus Tour Celebrating National Hispanic Month, Sept. 22
Aug
16
to Sep 11

Unique Lorain Bus Tour Celebrating National Hispanic Month, Sept. 22

Attracted to Lorain's booming industrial base, immigrants have long found a home in this "International City".  The particular section we will explore on this tour is called South Lorain.  This area was built in the late 1890's in conjunction with the huge new adjacent steel complex - as a planned company town to provide a home for the many immigrants groups who would come to Lorain to work in the mill and stay and raise their families.  Initially, most immigrants were from Eastern Europe.  Later in the early 20th century, people from Spain and Mexico arrived. Post WWII immigration included people from the island of Puerto Rico and recently others from Central America.  Today, Lorain has one of the largest concentrations of Hispanics in Ohio.  Establishing stores, clubs, and churches, the Hispanic community of Lorain has grown to exemplify the diversity of their adopted city while becoming an integral part of its bedrock.  

Come along with us on this bus tour as we explore and learn about the Hispanic community of South Lorain.   It includes a cooking class in making enchiladas at the Mexican Mutual Society at noon.  Muy delicioso!

This program is presented in collaboration with the LCCC Center for Lifelong Learning, and reservations can be made through their office at (440) 366-4148.   Fee: $26 per person.  David Simmer serves as Instructor.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15
Aug
15
to Oct 3

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

In collaboration with the Lorain Public Library System, we are proud to present the following free events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month:

October 3:  Toys from Latin America; 6 pm at the South Lorain Branch

October 5 through November 9: Salsarobics; Tuesdays from 6 pm - 7 pm at the Main Library

October 7: Influences of Latin Rhythms On American Popular Music; Noon - 1 pm at the Main Library

October 7: Sofrito!; 2 pm at the South Lorain Branch

October 14: Hispanic Heritage Story Program; 2 pm - 2:45 pm at the South Lorain Branch

October 10 & 12: Exhibition by the Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures; 10 am - 3 pm at the Carnegie Center

October 14: Exhibition by the Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures; 11 am - 2 pm at the Carnegie Center

October 15: Reception and Exhibition Closure; Noon - 4 pm at the Carnegie Center

October 15: Lorain's Aztec Dance Troupe Performance "Danza Tonantzia"; 2 pm at the Carnegie Center

 

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Member Appreciation Event Sept. 20 at 5 pm
Aug
15
to Sep 20

Member Appreciation Event Sept. 20 at 5 pm

 

Please join us as we celebrate YOU, our Members, for your continued support of our organization.  

5 pm - 7 pm at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St., Lorain

Come for the Door Prizes...stay for the Surprises!!

Light refreshments, beer and wine will be provided free to our current members.  Bring along a guest for just $10, and if they become a member that evening, the event fee will be waived.

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Community Volunteer Fair September 5 at 7 pm
Aug
15
to Sep 3

Community Volunteer Fair September 5 at 7 pm

Do you belong to an organization that needs volunteers?  Are you a member of the community that is looking for volunteer opportunities?  Please join us for our Fall Community Volunteer Fair on September 5th at the Carnegie Center.  This volunteer fair will feature the Lorain County Volunteer Connection which is associated with United Way.  The fair is scheduled from 7 - 9 pm, with light refreshments available at 6:30 pm.

We welcome organizations, churches and agencies to set up a table to show how you serve the community.  To reserve a table, please call (440) 245-2563 or send an e-mail to info@lorainhistory.org, no later than August 29.

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

 

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Ice Cream Social August 13, 2017
Aug
13
1:00 PM13:00

Ice Cream Social August 13, 2017

Mark your calendar and join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social and visit with friends!  Tickets are $5 per person and includes an ice cream sundae as well as the opportunity to tour our current and new exhibits.

At 1:00 p.m., we will debut the Capital Campaign Donor Wall, recognizing those individuals, organizations and businesses who contributed $1,000.00 or more to the renovation of the Carnegie Center.  

From 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. entertainment will be provided by the Cleveland Opera Theater (funded by The Nord Family Foundation) as well as the Swing City Big Band.  

Tickets are now available at the Carnegie Center during regular business hours, or by calling (440) 2465-2563.

 

 

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Lorain International Festival  June 23 - 25, 2017
Jun
23
to Jun 25

Lorain International Festival June 23 - 25, 2017

The Lorain Historical Society will once again have a booth at the 51st International Festival and Bazaar (in the Transportation building at Black River Landing), 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.

The Lorain International Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, June 21st at German's Villa, beginning at 8 am.  Tickets are $12 and are available at the Carnegie Center during regular business hours.

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Always More: Veterans Presentation June 17, 2017
Jun
17
11:00 AM11:00

Always More: Veterans Presentation June 17, 2017

Pastor Linwood "Woody" Chamberlain, Jr. has counseled veterans because 'the horror of war has caught up with them' and a story told to him by his own father before he died motivated Woody to write a novel, Always More.

Join us at Woody's presentation as a way of honoring those who have known the ugly side of war, and as a way of helping those who have served to better cope with the memories.

This presentation will begin at 11 am at the Carnegie Center.

A $5 Admission Fee is charged, which also includes the Military Forces Exhibit and the Photography Exhibit by Veteran Mike McCray.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Tyler the Fish Visits the Lorain Lighthouse June 14, 2017
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

BOOK LAUNCH: Tyler the Fish Visits the Lorain Lighthouse June 14, 2017

Join us for the launch of this new book for the 'Tyler the Fish' children's book series!  This book was written especially to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Lorain Lighthouse.  Author Meaghan Fisher will do a reading from her new book, and will also autograph her books that evening.  The 'Tyler the Fish' books are available for sale in our Gift Shop.

This event is free and open to the public.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Light refreshments will be available.

About the book...  Tyler is very excited!  Today he is going on his first school field trip with his classmates to learn all about the Lorain Lighthouse in Lorain, Ohio.  On the trip, Tyler and his classmates learn all about the important role of the lighthouse and its history.  The classmates also manage to squeeze in some Fish Tag.  Join Tyler and Jimmy on their new Lake Erie Adventure.

About the Author...  Meaghan Fisher is a Children's Author who has over 10 years experience working with children as a former Nanny.  She has a BS in Psychology and a Minor in Women's Studies, and lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.  Her hope is to inspire children through the moral lessons in her books.

www.MeaghanFisher.com; Facebook.com/MeaghanFanPage

Meaghan's visit is made possible through funds from the Stocker Foundation, Little Lighthouse Learning Center, Lorain Public Library System and Lorain Historical Society.

 

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Kids Summer Camp June 12 - 15, 2017
Jun
12
to Jun 15

Kids Summer Camp June 12 - 15, 2017

Our 3rd Annual Kids Summer Camp is full of fun and surprises!  This camp is suitable for children ages 6 -10; children must have completed Kindergarten to be eligible.  All class sessions meet at the Carnegie Center.

Mon. June 12: Welcome to Camp!  History, Arts and Crafts and So Much More!

Tues., June 13: Meet Meaghan Fisher, Author of Tyler the Fish Visits the Lorain Lighthouse.  This book was written to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Lorain Lighthouse.

Wed., June 14: Learn how to keep our lakes and rivers clean, with a presentation by the LoCo'Yaks Organization

Thurs., June 15: Take a boat ride down the Black River and to the Lorain Lighthouse ($2 fee)

Space is limited, so make your reservations early by calling the Lorain Historical Society at (440) 245-2563.  Deadline: June 1st. 

 

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Unique Lorain Landmarks Tour June 9, 2017
Jun
9
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. 

This tour is in collaboration with the LCCC Center for LifeLong Learning. 

Instructor: David Simmer of Lorain County Sacred Landmarks                                                                              

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Always More: Veterans Presentation  June 6, 2017
Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

Always More: Veterans Presentation June 6, 2017

Pastor Linwood "Woody" Chamberlain, Jr. has counseled veterans because 'the horror of war has caught up with them' and a story told to him by his own father before he died motivated Woody to write a novel, Always More.

Join us at Woody's presentation as a way of honoring those who have known the ugly side of war, and as a way of helping those who have served to better cope with the memories.

This presentation will begin at 1 pm at the Carnegie Center.

A $5 Admission Fee is charged, which also includes the Military Forces Exhibit and the Photography Exhibit by Veteran Mike McCray.

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At Home and Abroad: OUR MILITARY FORCES Exhibit June 6 - September 23, 2017
Jun
6
to Sep 23

At Home and Abroad: OUR MILITARY FORCES Exhibit June 6 - September 23, 2017

From War Bonds to War Medals, this summer's Spotlight Exhibit tells many stories of how Lorainites have responded to wars and conflicts both home and abroad.  The center of the exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I in 1917, but will also showcase Lorain stories, photos, and objects from other wars in history.

This exhibit is located at the Carnegie Center, 329 W. 10th St., Lorain

Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am - 3 pm; 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 11 am - 2 pm and also available on Sunday, August 13 from 1 pm - 4 pm (during the Ice Cream Social)

A $5 Admission Fee is charged for this Spotlight Exhibit and also includes a Photography Exhibit by Veteran Mike McCray.

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Waterfront History Excursions
Jun
3
to Sep 16

Waterfront History Excursions

  • 319 Black River Lane Lorain, OH, 44052 United States (map)
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Black River Landing

$20 per person; tickets available at www.lorainportauthority.com

Excursions are scheduled for the following Saturdays this summer:

June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, August 5, August 19, September 9, September 16

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.

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