You asked... We Listened!

Lorain Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of our Online Gift Shop!  Many of you who live out of town have been asking for the opportunity to support your hometown and the Historical Society by purchasing some of our products online.  Your wish is now a reality!  Those of you who live nearby can still shop online and click the “pick up option” for pick up at the Carnegie Center.  Remember we are open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 – 3:00.

We are starting small and we encourage you to visit the shop and make your purchases today.  As an incentive, we are offering a discount through August 31!

We anticipate adding more products for your holiday shopping beginning in October.

Please remember, we are not Amazon.  It will take us a bit longer to pack up and ship your products to you!  You can give us your feedback by emailing [email protected].

Tickets now available for our Ice Cream Social!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

1 pm – 4 pm • $5 per person


Tickets available at the Carnegie Center, from any Board Member, or at the event.

 Cannot attend? We are collecting donations to provide free ice cream for children.

Donate here!


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.

Learn more about the Lorain Historical Society!





Join us ‘FORE’ history as we hit the links at the Fox Creek Golf and Racquet Club in Lorain, a beautiful 18-hole championship course located just 30 miles west of Cleveland.  Bring a foursome and enjoy a round of golf, good food, and camaraderie – all in support of the Lorain Historical Society.

8:30 am shot gun start

Lunch at the turn • Dinner catered by Pogie’s

50/50 Raffle • Side Boards • Contests

Fox Creek Golf & Racquet Club is located at 5445 Beavercrest Dr., Lorain, OH 44053

For more information, contact:

Nicole LeGalley, Advancement and Philanthropy

[email protected] or 440-245-2563



Join Us as a Member Today

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. (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 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.