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Collections & Archives

Want to donate to our ever growing collection? Contact us today to learn more about our collections and archives process and see if your item is worth donating! 


How to Make a Donation 

Donations to be considered for addition to the permanent collections must have a pertinent Lorain story to tell, or Lorain connections such that they will be used, if not for display in our exhibits, for research and/or teaching purposes.

If you are interested in learning what artifcats the Lorain Historical Society is looking for to help support our mission, please contact Curator Kaitlyn Donaldson: 


Our Buildings are our Largest Artifacts

For over 40 years we have been upholding our mission to collect and preserve the history of the city of Lorain through 3-dimensional artifacts, archival documents, photographs, and more!

Our collections our housed in both our Carnegie Center Museum and Moore House Collections Facility.

If you are interested in seeing if you item is worth donating contact our Curator, Kaitlyn Donaldson at (440) 245 - 2563 or email her at


Our Exhibits

After the completion of our Capital Campaign for the Carnegie Building reopening in 2015, We took the next step and completed our Phase I Exhibit back in 2019 which offers an overview of our city's history starting with the Ford Motor Company Plant and the Steel Mill. These exhibits capture what it means to be a true Lorainite! We are currently moving towards collecting money to sustain our Phase II exhibit which will inhabit the more unique qualities of our city and capture the true meaning of community engagement and enrichment.

Phase II Exhibits

We are looking for partners to support Phase Two. A total of $300,000 is required for the next phase in our journey to complete the story of Lorain's History, and we have already raised 25% of that amount. Please consider a donation to help us achieve our goal.


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