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Your HistoryStarts Here


Carnegie Center

National Register of Historic Places

The Carnegie Center is located at 329 W. 10th Street in Lorain. It was 120 years ago that the cornerstone was laid, marking the beginning of the construction of a beautiful library in the heart of a residential district and within walking distance to the downtown area. Fast forward to August 2013 when the Black River Historical Society (now known as the Lorain Historical Society) acquired the property from the Lorain Port Authority and began a Capital Campaign to raise money for its renovation. Today, in August 2023, a brief ten years later, the Carnegie Center has been recognized by the National Park Service on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.

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Our Mission

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.


Read our Strategic Plan

Learn more about our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan below. 

Inside the Carnegie Center

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Browse the Articles

If you want to learn more about us check out our recent articles in the Morning Journal and the Chronicle.

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