Children’s Room at the Carnegie Center


“Discover Lorain” Summer Campers

We started the summer off right with 2 awesome weeks of camp at the Carnegie Center, including numerous walking field trips to Downtown Lorain businesses.

We are grateful to our new friends at Zelek Flower Shop, Marta’s N More, and Juice Me!  We had the opportunity to try our hand at flower arranging, making donuts, and trying delicious smoothies.  We also had a chance to experiment with flubber, bath bombs, and snow cones.

Want to learn more about how to engage your student groups with hands-on learning and local history?

Contact Jenn McManamon, Children’s Education and Curriculum Coordinator at [email protected]


 Children’s Virtual Education Lessons

Still Available

With the pandemic still very much a reality in our communities, we haven’t been able to bring young people to the Carnegie Center’s Children’s History Room as we would have liked to do in 2021. However, our Children’s Curriculum Director has designed a series of lessons that can be shared with educators and families everywhere, thanks to the increasing popularity of remote learning and virtual classrooms! The lessons are suitable for young people ages 6-12 (grades 1-5) and are aligned with the learning standards for the State of Ohio.

The lessons are rooted in the themes and history of the City of Lorain, but can be applied to classroom learning everywhere – whether in schools, at home, or as a fun learning activity for the whole family.

Teachers, parents and interested adults can contact Jenn McManamon at 440-245-2563 or email [email protected]  

Lesson titles and description:

Lesson 1: Celebration of Women’s Suffrage: The Right to Vote for Some Women

Scholars will learn why voting is so important, the history and timeline of voting rights since the first US presidential election, how and why the suffrage movement started and some local and national key players in the movement, when and why we celebrate Women’s History Month.

Lesson 2: The Tornado of 1924: The Nature of History

Scholars will start by viewing the tornado scene from The Wizard of Oz.

Scholars will learn how a tornado forms, the different types and categories of tornados, the history of the Tornado of 1924 that ripped through Lorain, how the Lorain community came together to rebuild, how to construct a tornado in a bottle, what to do to remain safe in the event of a tornado.

Lesson 3: Ships Ahoy! A look at some historic freighter ships that have sailed the Great Lakes, their function and the idea of buoyancy.

Scholars will learn about the ship building industry and some of the ships that were built in Lorain. They will learn about freighters, their function, and some jobs of a freighter crew. They will then learn about the idea of buoyancy in relation to freighters and consider science experiments around buoyancy.

Lesson 4:  Sturdy Steel: a material and an industry

Scholars will learn the story of the steel mills of Lorain and their vast importance. They will then study steel as a material and take note of the various uses for steel. A science experiment showing the states of still will reinforce the idea of steel as a material.

Lesson 5: Automobiles-Then and Now-a look back to the first cars and how they were made.

Scholars will learn about the invention, production, and evolution of the automobile. They will participate in an assembly line and enjoy a fictional text of Henry Ford and his assembly line.

Lessons will be emailed to you after we receive your payment. Please allow 2-3 business days from when your payment is posted to receive your lesson.

Those who sign up for the 5 lesson subscription will have Lessons 1 & 2 sent to your inbox in March, and Lessons 3, 4, & 5 will be sent to your inbox in April.

You can purchase individual lessons now, but know that while lessons 1 & 2 will be available in March, lessons 3, 4, & 5 will not be available until April.

We are thrilled to announce a digital partnership with PBS/Ideastream!

15 families of students from Stevan Dohanos Elementary were selected to participate in a new grant-funded program with the Lorain Historical Society and PBS/Ideastream.  The program is geared for families with children age 4 – 8 and encourage them to explore themselves, animals, culture, and tradition through a digital-based weekly learning workshop.  This program aligns with our mission of engaging families and providing resources, and we look forward to expanding offerings in the future.

Pictured: Jenn McGee-McManamon, Children’s Education & Curriculum Coordinator with Thais Gonzalez, student at Stevan Dohanos Elementary.


HER story made HIStory!

Who was Toni Morrison and why is she such an important person for us to know?

Learn more about ‘America’s Greatest Storyteller’ with this free lesson about her life and accomplishments…

The link to the free Toni Morrison lesson (above) is a sample format of our new series of educational children’s lessons. 

If you like what you see and are interested in purchasing others, you can select individual lessons for $15.00 each or pay $60.00 for all 5 lessons—a savings of $15.00.

These new lessons will be available beginning in March 2021.

For more information, contact Jenn McManamon, Children’s Education & Curriculum Coordinator.

Jenn McManamon


[email protected]