Celebrating 40 years!

The Lorain Historical Society began as the Black River Historical Society in 1981 with a group of dedicated citizens that wanted to preserve the history of Lorain for future generations.  Officers were elected and the collection of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia began in earnest!

Just as it was in 1981, The Lorain Historical Society engages members of the community and our visitors in our shared and diverse history through preservation, education, collaborations, and exciting programming for all ages, so that we learn from the past, develop civic pride, and transform the future. 

Our Vision Statement calls us to be a leader in our local community. As we move forward into our 40th anniversary year, we believe we are called to be the historical society for ALL of Lorain and invite Lorainites wherever they live to engage with us as our programming takes advantage of technology through Zoom and other media platforms.


Ways to Donate


Your gift to the Endowment Fund will insure 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.

Memorial-Tribute Donation

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.

General Contributions

Donations made to the Annual Fund allow us to continue our vision “to be a leader in local history preservation, education and community engagement: where children and adults are inspired by their shared and diverse history and where people work together to create a vibrant city that is economically strong and a great place to be.”