latino lorain history project Special Exhibit

This project is a public history partnership of El Centro, the Lorain Historical Society, Oberlin College, and leaders in the community with the overarching goal of gathering and preserving the history of ther Latino Community in Lorain through collecting oral histories, archival materials, and artifacts.  This exhibit will be featured at the Carnegie Center from September 15 – October 30, 2021.

The exhibit “Celebrating 100 Years of Latinos in Lorain” will be the first of many initiatives that will capture and preserve the history of the Latino community in Lorain. Please consider joining our other sponsors and community leaders in making a donation to the future of this important project.


“This project made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio History Connection’s History Fund. The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio income tax refunds, sales of Ohio History ‘mastodon’ license plates, and designated gifts to the Ohio History Connection.

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Madam President, Victoria Woodhull

November 20, 2021 • 11 am at the Carnegie Center

Join us for this storytelling program about Ohioan Victoria Woodhull , written by Lorain’s own Kelly Boyer Sagert.

More Information and How to Register

Join us for our children's programs


We have wide variety of children’s programming available, including on-site field trips, fall classes, fun days, camps and virtual lessons.  Our programs are aligned with the state of Ohio learning standards, and have various cross-curricular components.

Here is a full list of our Children’s Programs

For additional information, contact Jenn McManamon, Children’s Education & Curriculum Coordinator, at [email protected]

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Joel Arredondo

President, Lorain City Council

Joyce Ferlic Arredondo

Trustee, Lorain Historical Society

Walking Tours

The Lorain Historical Society has two virtual history tours available for free? Utilizing the izi.TRAVEL app, you can experience the Lorain Historical Walking Tour and the Lorain Tornado Tour anytime right from your smart phone. You can enjoy them during a relaxing walk, from your car, or from the comfort of your home.


Our Mission

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

Our Vision

We envision a future for Lorain where the Lorain Historical Society will be a leader in local history preservation, education, and community engagement; where children and adults are inspired by their shared and diverse history; and where people work together to create a vibrant city that is economically strong and a great place to live.

Our New COVID-19 Protocol

The Carnegie Center and the Moore House Museum are open to the public

Our hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Carnegie Center and on Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Moore House.

Should you have any questions, please call us at (440) 245-2563 or email us at [email protected].

As of May 20, 2021, mask wearing at the Carnegie Center and the Moore House Museum is optional. We recognize that we are public buildings and as such welcome guests with with a variety of health conditions, ages, and vulnerabilities.  We are happy to report that all of our staff is fully vaccinated.  Those who are fully vaccinated need no longer wear masks.  We respectfully request that those who have not been vaccinated continue to wear  a mask and observe social distancing while in our buildings.  We know that some who have vulnerabilities will continue to wear masks and we respect their right to do so.  Sanitizing supplies are available throughout our buildings for your convenience.

Over the past 14 – 16 months, Americans have been trying to deal with a global pandemic, something that has not occurred for 100 years.  Public health guidance and government regulations in all 50 states have heightened the many differences that exist from State to State, County to County and neighbor to neighbor.  As we come to the current phase in dealing with Covid-19, we are fully aware of our differences and the inequities that exist within our systems and we ask that all who visit respect the individual differences that exist in our community as well.

Here at the Lorain Historical Society we are closely following the advances in science and the guidance that comes from our County Health Department and the CDC. For that reason, our policies regarding mask wearing, social distancing, and sanitizing are evolving.

Youth programs for children under 12 years of age will abide by all guidelines that come from the CDC with regard to day camps and schools.

Thank you for your cooperation, and we are happy to be welcoming you back for in-person activities.