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As we continue with our renovations to the Moore House interior, and while our curator is on maternity leave, we ask the community to put their plans to donate artifact and archival items on hold until February 6, 2024. The Latino Lorain History Project and the Lorain Black History Project will continue to process archival donations and conduct oral histories during this time. We will be happy to accept your donations once again beginning in February when we re-open after winter break.  
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Check our our new Catalogit digital storage system

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Learn more about our collections and archives facility



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If you're wanting to find information about family history, or Lorain's history click here!

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Learn more about our International City and your heritage with our International legacy project!

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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



& Tours

At the Lorain Historical Society we offer a wide array of events, presentations, programs, and tours throughout the year.
If you are interested in signing up to take part in our variety of events, presentations, programs, and tours click to the right.
If you are interested in giving a historic presentation please contact us!

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

Our Phase II Exhibit process is currently underway. We will be creating a display that will capture elements from the city's past and present. This display will put you back in time as you read about the neighborhoods, businesses and events & activities that took place in historic downtown Lorain.
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