History in Bloom: 90 Years of Lilacs in Lorain

On May 21, 1931 Lorain’s Mayor Paul Goldthorpe proclaimed the first lilac day in Lorain. This festival saw the planting of over 5000 lilacs, a city-wide day of planting, a lilac queen and many songs written about the festival. To commemorate this occasion Mayor Jack Bradley has proclaimed May 21, 2021 to be “Lilac Day” once again in Lorain.

JOIN US as we celebrate this anniversary of Lorain’s history by purchasing a lilac from The Lorain Historical Society!

Lorain Historical Society collaborates with PBS/Ideastream

15 families of students from Stevan Dohanos Elementary School will be participating in a grant-funded program to help students explore themselves, animals, culture and traditions using a digital based program.  We are thrilled to engage with these families and provide learning resources for them.

Pictured: Jenn McGee-McManamon, Children’s Education & Curriculum Coordinator with Thais Gonzalez

History at home programs

We are thrilled to present our History at Home Programs virtually, utilizing ZOOM technology.

Our next program will feature Lorain native General Quincy Adams Gillmore on April 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST. Register Here!

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Celebrating 40 years

The Lorain Historical Society began as the Black River Historical Society in 1981 with a group of dedicated citizens that wanted to preserve the history of Lorain.  Officers were elected and the collection of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia began in earnest!

Just as it was in 1981, 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.

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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.

 

Congratulations to Barb Piscopo!

Barb Piscopo, Executive Director of the Lorain Historical Society, is the recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership.  This award, given annually by Leadership Lorain County, is presented to local leaders that make a meaningful impact in our community. Barb was chosen for this award in recognition of her work to preserve, honor, and connect the rich history of the community and ensure its legacy into the future.

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Joel Arredondo

President, Lorain City Council

Joyce Ferlic Arredondo

Trustee, Lorain Historical Society

Drop In Yoga

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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. (Please Note: The Children’s History Room is closed until further notice.)

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

As the Lorain Historical Society re-opens, we want to assure our volunteers, visitors and guests that we are doing our best to prioritize the health and safety of everyone involved. It is for that reason that we are basing our protocols on Responsible RestartOhio for Consumer, Retail, Services and Entertainment from the Ohio Department of Health. We have also consulted with Lorain County Public Health, our local source for up-to-date information on COVID-19 and related issues.

Visitors and customers will be required to wear a facial covering when entering the Carnegie Center for any reason: for a tour, to shop or for a meeting.  Upon entering the museum, each guest will be required to give their name, phone number and email address. This information is being collected for contact tracing purposes and will not be shared with outside parties beyond that situation. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum and guests are encouraged to use them when necessary.

The Gift Shop area is limited to 6 customers at a time due to distancing concerns.  Customers are asked to ensure a minimum of 6 feet between shoppers, especially at check out. Shoppers are encouraged to use contact-less payment options where possible and to avoid the use of cash or check wherever possible. Please note that during this time our return policy is being suspended. All sales are FINAL, until further notice. For the continued safety of our customers, high-touch surfaces are being cleaned regularly.