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Children's History Programs

History becomes alive in our LHS Kids discovery room. For more information on all of our programs designed for children please contact our curriculum director at


Lorain Early
Learning Initiative

The Lorain Historical Society proudly manages the yearlong Lorain Early Learning Initiative (LELI), a kindergarten readiness program that serves over 350 preschool students in Lorain County. LELI is a comprehensive and proven program that consists of in-class lessons, the use of rich leaning materials and exciting field visits to cultural institutions including The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Lorain Historical Society, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, The Lorain County Metro Parks, and The Children’s Museum of Cleveland. This Initiative brings together preschool children and their families as well as classroom and museum educators to provide critical informal learning opportunities. LELI successfully inspires a sense of wonder and broadens children’s view of themselves and their world all while increasing vocabulary and skills that are essential to kindergarten readiness and student success.


Lorain Black History Project

Works to appreciate and memorialize the Black influence by delving into both Lorain's history and the history of Black focused communities.

Teaching Lorain Initiative

The Teaching Lorain Institute is a professional development program for any K – 12 educator interested in connecting his or her students to Lorain’s history, public policy, economics, and youth engagement. 

Latino Lorain History Project

Works to appreciate and memorialize the Latino influence by delving into both Lorain's history and the history of Latino focused communities.
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Kids Camps

We offer both Spring break and Summer camps for kids in grades K-5. These camps are jam packed with activities, games, local history lessons, and so much more! Camps run Monday through Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm and include lunch.

Spring Camp: April 1st - 5th

Summer Camp: June 10th - 14th

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Our programs are aligned with the state of Ohio learning standards.  LHS KIDS lessons are rooted in the themes and history of the City of Lorain, but can be applied to learning everywhere.All programs will be held at the Carnegie Center, located at 329 W. 10th St., Lorain.
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Field Trips

Field trips may be scheduled during the school year for various classes or organizations.  Our field trips offer an interactive museum experience for students. Interesting artifacts and exhibits are highlighted offering a unique learning opportunity.

Please click 'learn more' below for more information.


Preschool Playgroup Sessions

Join us for our Preschool Playgroup Sessions at the Carnegie Center Children's Room. Geared for children ages 3-5. Children can come play and explore in our children's history room. These events will be held the last Tuesday of each month (April - August) from 11:00am - 12:00pm. You must register for this event.

Children's Curriculum Director

Jenn McManamon

LELI Educator

Suzanne Stuewe



(440) - 245 - 2563

Ext. 7006


Virtual  Lessons

5 Virtual Google Slide lessons are available for purchase to use throughout the school year.  Lessons are aligned with Ohio learning standards and have various cross-curricular components. These lessons are easy to use and are a great auxilliary tool for classroom teaching and learning.  Lessons can be purchased individually or as a set, and are suitable for grades 1 – 5.

Latino Lorain Lesson Plan

We want to make this rich history available to students of all ages. The Lorain Historical Society’s Children’s Curriculum and Education Coordinator, Jenn McManamon, has transformed the content from our “Celebrating 100 Years of Latino History in Lorain, Ohio” exhibit and created a lesson plan for teachers and educators of grades 1-5. The content is organized in a Google Slides format with a virtual timeline that fits the state of Ohio curriculum guidelines.

This tool is available for educators interested in teaching their students about Latino and Hispanic History in the city of Lorain and Lorain County. The toolkit holds essential information for Hispanic History Month and the Latino community.

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