Annual Meeting

Friday, September 17, 2021 at The Shipyards in Lorain

VIP Reception 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

General Seating 6:15 pm      Opening Remarks 6:45 pm

We thank our guests who joined in the celebration!

“We’re Forty…Now What?”

Our Keynote Speaker for this event is Sean Kelley, Director of Public Programming and the Senior Vice President at Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP), a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that is now open to the public as a museum.  Come hear this nationally recognized changemaker who successfully FLIPPED HISTORY ON ITS SIDE to spark conversation about contemporary issues.

 Mr. Kelley took a stand in re-designing how Eastern State Penitentiary Museum interpreted its history. He realized that the museum could no longer stay neutral on the issue of mass incarceration.  Taking a position on this issue was a shining example of how museums can help shape the narrative by including the presentation of multiple viewpoints and inspiring deeper conversations about issues affecting their immediate surroundings.

After Mr. Kelley tees up the conversation of his experience, we will present a panel of local Lorain leaders to continue a discussion around relevant historic and contemporary topics.  There is no better time to do this than the year 2021 as we are celebrating our fortieth anniversary year with the theme “We’re Forty…Now What?”  As we move into the future, it may be time to alter our role from that of a traditional historical society to more of a catalyst for change.  As the organization charged with preserving Lorain’s history, it’s important first to truly understand the needs and wants of our community.  What better way to do that than by inviting a nationally recognized museum expert to our table to educate and inspire our local constituents?

Thanks to the generous support of Ohio Humanities, we are pleased to bring Sean Kelley to Lorain for this unique opportunity.  This program is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Honorary Co-Chairs: Darryl Tucker and his wife, Joanne Eldridge Tucker

Joanne retired as the director of the Lorain Public Library System in 2016. She is currently secretary of The Foundation of the Lorain Public Library System Inc. and treasurer of the Domonkas Friends of the Library in Sheffield Lake. Joanne has served on numerous boards and organizations throughout Lorain County and is a former member of the Lorain Historical Society Board of Trustees.

Darryl is managing editor of the Morning Journal newspaper. He serves on many boards throughout Lorain County.  Darryl and Joanne are involved with the Mary Lee Tucker Clothe-A-Child program, where they raise money and buy winter clothing and footwear for needy children. The Morning Journal started the program in 1924, where Darryl is president and Joanne is co-coordinator.

Our Caterer: Matt Barnes, The Gourmet Guy

Matt is a Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts-Pittsburgh trained chef. Matt spent ten years as the Executive Chef and owner of Saucy Bistro in Westlake. He then felt the call for service and became Executive Chef for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in Cleveland.  In 2018, Matt and his wife Julie returned to their roots and founded Gourmet Guy Café—offering dine in, meals-to-go and catering services. In their spare time, they own and operate Manna Food Truck. In 2020, Matt helped us successfully pull off the home delivery option (within the city of Lorain) for our Annual Meeting and his food got rave reviews from everyone! We are delighted to have Matt, his wife Julie Barnes and their entire team back with us again this year.

The Venue: The Shipyards Event Center

Located in Lorain’s Harborwalk Neighborhood, with views of the Black River and Charles Berry Bascule Bridge, The Shipyards is located in the historic warehouse of the former American Ship Building Company.



Nordson Corporation


Corrigan Krause CPAs

Joe and Samantha Muska/McDonald Hopkins LLC

Ben and Jane Norton

Zelek Flower Shop


Joel Arredondo, President of Lorain City Council

Tamika Bonilla, LHS Trustee

Jack and Debora Bradley

Cerity Partners Wealth Management

Terri and Jeff Frederick

Lorain County Community College

Maximum Velocity

United Property Management


Winfield Associates Investment Advisors