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History Starts with You!

History is three-fold. It involves preserving the past, embracing the present, and shaping the future. At the Lorain Historical Society, we see You in every phase.

Your generous support of our efforts has helped us emerge as a strong community leader—one that collaborates with others about the past, present, and future of the City of Lorain. A collective commitment to achieve our fundraising goals from dedicated donors like You, will go a long way in furthering our mission. 
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1903 Legacy Society



Memorial or Tribute Gift

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2023 Spring Annual Appeal

Donate to our Annual Fund

The impact YOU have had on our organization cannot be minimized. Without the tremendous response from our growing group of community supporters, we couldn’t have weathered the economic storm that challenged us throughout the COVID pandemic. A collective commitment to achieve our fundraising goals from dedicated donors like YOU will go a long way in furthering our mission. Nothing we have accomplished over the last 40+ years has been done alone. 

Endowment Fund

Donate to our Endowment Fund

Your gift to the Endowment Fund will ensure our sustainability well into the future.  The interest generated from our Endowment Investment is used each year to provide programs and exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy. 

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Memorial and Tribute Fund

Give a Memorial or Tribute Gift

You can also make a donation to our Endowment Fund when honoring a family member or friend through a memorial or tribute donation. These gifts last beyond a one-time donation and are a great way to honor someone you care about by leaving a lasting legacy in their name.

Membership & Legacy Society

Join the 1903 Legacy Society

Our Endowment Fund is critical to sustaining the future of the Historical Society as it provides interest income to pay for annual operations and programming.

Planned gifts, also called differed or legacy gifts, can come from anyone and vary in size and vehicle. Below are examples of planned gifts with the Lorain Historical Society by joining its Legacy Program. 


A message from our Executive Director...

Barb Piscopo

"For over 40 years the Lorain Historical Society has served the community in Lorain through preservation, education and collaboration. Our  vision for the future aims to engage young and old alike in our shared history, where people are inspired to work together to create a vibrant city that is economically strong and a great place to live. The museum at the Carnegie Center and the artifacts at the Moore House tell the story of Lorain—a city rich because of its diversity and strong through its determination and resilience. Your donations to the Lorain Historical Society help us to accomplish this mission through educational programming, preserving historic archives and artifacts, and maintaining two historic properties. We thank you for your partnership and support."

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Our Supporters

The Metka Foundation

Racial Equity Fund
The Hispanic Fund

Community Foundation

The Norton Family Foundation

Alyce J & Ann J Metka Charitable Foundation

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