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Your   History

Our Mission

Our Vision



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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.

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 Mission focuses on community engagement and exciting programming for people of all ages and our Vision Statement calls us to be a leader in our local community.
ms051208001 - Kohler Family. Three kids on a porch
fs021710017 Lorain Shipyard Christening Ship
jfm012004001 - Fire Station No. 4 on Idaho and E St
fs012509007 Lakeview Park Easter Basket April 1958
pic#8.69_fs030306006_jfm012406013 - Municipal Beach 1918

Carnegie Center

The cornerstone for the building that is referred to as the Carnegie Center was laid on August 19, 1903. The building project was funded with a $30,000 gift from the Andrew Carnegie Building Foundation, along with support from the local community.

One hundred and ten years later, in August of 2013, the Lorain Historical Society collaborated with the City  of Lorain, Lorain City Council, and the Lorain Port Authority to acquire ownership of this building.  It is now the home to the administrative offices, community meeting room, gift shop, historic display center, and education center of the Lorain Historical Society.

Inside the Carnegie Center

Securing our Future: Our Plan for  2023 - 2025

Read our Strategic Plan Here


Moore House

Leonard M. Moore built what is now referred to as the Moore House Museum in 1906. He was a bank trustee, businessman, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Lorain Lumber and Manufacturing Company, as well as City Council Member and Mayor.

He and his wife, Caroline, raised their three daughters in this home, and his daughter Helen lived there until her death in 1980.  The house was left to the City of Lorain in Helen’s will.

In 1994, the Moore House became the home to the Black River Historical Society, now known as the Lorain Historical Society.  It is maintained as a house museum of the 1920’s era of Lorain.

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