Annual ice cream social

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Carnegie Center from 1 pm – 4 pm

Ice Cream Sundaes • Lawn Games • Live Music

Especially for the Kids: Face Painting and Pony Rides



Individual Tickets Available at the Carnegie Center

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday • 10 am – 3 pm

$5 per person • Children 12 and under are FREE

History on the Rocks Gala

Join us for a Night on the Town!

Friday, September 30, 2022

The Shipyards in Lorain



Sponsorships are now available by contacting Tricia Alberini

[email protected]



Tee-Up 'fore' history a success!

Once the rainy drizzle moved out of the area, the sunshine gave our golfers a glorious day on the links!  We thank all of our participants and sponsors for their continued support of our organization.

Save the date for our next golf outing: July 15, 2023

Join Us as a Member Today

We welcome you to join the Lorain Historical Society! Your membership supports our educational and historical programs, as well as the proper care of all of our artifacts.

Some of the benefits of membership includes 10% off in our Gift Shop, and the opportunity to tour our museum at no additional cost.

History in Bloom Lilac Poetry Contest


Thanks to everyone who participated in our Poetry Contest, in honor of our Lilac City.

Here are the winners!

1st Place: Matt Jablonski

2nd Place: Madeline Waggy

3rd Place: Stacey Crutcher

Thanks for joining us this summer!


We had great fun with all of our ‘LHS KIDS’ summer campers, and look forward to seeing students again throughout the school year!

Our programs are aligned with the state of Ohio learning standards, and have various cross-curricular components.

Click here for additional information!

To learn more about our programming, contact Jenn McManamon, Children’s Education & Curriculum Coordinator, at [email protected]

Visit our gift shop

Our gift shop is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm.

Stop in to see our brand new Lorain Lighthouse T-shirt!

We specialize in locally handcrafted products that are inspired by Lorain’s history.  It is the perfect place for all of your gift-giving needs!

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.


Back By Popular Demand...history boat tours

Our popular History Boat Tours are ready to set sail! 

Participants cruise the Lorain waterfront and learn the importance that the waterways played in the development of Lorain, beginning at the mouth of the Black River. Historic landmarks such as the Lorain Lighthouse, the site of American Shipbuilding and the US Steel are on the path of the trip. Travelers can also witness the rebirth of wildlife preserves on the Black River by viewing the rookeries and the aquatic fish shelves along the tour.


History at Home Programs

We are delighted to provide the links to some of our recent History at Home Programs!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a look back at some of Lorain’s history.  Don’t forget the popcorn!

History at Home Programs Link

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.

We Look Forward to Seeing You!

The Carnegie Center is open to the public for tours and the Gift Shop.

Our hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

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

Please Note: The Moore House Museum is currently closed for renovations.

Upcoming Programs and Events

July 8, 10, 14, 22, 24, 28, 2022: History Boat Tours

August 5, 7, 11, 19, 21, 25, 2022: History Boat Tours

August 14, 2022: Annual Ice Cream Social at the Carnegie Center

September 10, 2022: Ohio Open Doors; Downtown Lorain Historic Building Tours

September 30, 2022: History on the Rocks Gala at The Shipyards

November 13, 2022: Gift Shop Annual Holiday Open House

December 9 & 11, 2022: Choral Spectrum Holiday Concerts