Educational Services

Education Staff

Janet Bird, Anne Michael and Jim Smith are on staff to serve your program needs. We will tailor requests to be as age appropriate as possible. Most of our existing programs and those in development may be adapted to the elementary, middle school, high school, college and adult audiences. Special groups such as scouts, home schoolers, and other civic clubs are also encouraged to contact us for historical presentations. Programs may be presented at The Hickories, the Lorain County History Center, or at your facility.


The fee is $35 for each presentation and $20 for each presentation for schools within Lorain County. Programs presented outside of Lorain County will require an additional fee. Please call the LCHS office for more information. The tour of The Hickories for school groups is $1.00/person. If there are questions, please the office at 322-3341.


Most of these programs are approximately 45 minutes in length but can be adjusted to fit your needs. Since we are continually updating and developing programs, the list here may not be complete. Call the office at 322-3341 for an updated listing.


Suitcase Museums

Items from the LCHS collection are brought to the presentation. Some programs also have a PowerPoint component.

◦Early Schools: Artifacts illustrate what area schools were like from 1807 to the early 1900s.

◦Frontier Living: Artifacts illustrate the way of life of the early settlers of Lorain County.

◦Native Americans: Artifacts show the way of life of the Woodlands tribes of Lorain County. Included is the story of Scoouwa, the true story of James Smith's days in Lorain County as a captive of the Wyandots.

◦Victorian Clothing: From cloaks to corsets, garments from the late 1800s illustrate the clothing of Victorian women.

◦Victorian Secrets: The "secrets" of Victorian women are revealed through undergarments and other artifacts from the Victorian period.

◦A Century of Classic Hats: About 40 hats from the LCHS collection are used to show the history of many women’s classic hat styles.

◦History of Men's Hats: About 20 men's hats from the LCHS collection and a private collection are used to show the history of men's hat styles (can be combined with Classic Hats program).

◦World War II: Artifacts show what was happening on the home front during the war.

◦A History of Valentines: Lovely antiques valentines are displayed to help tell the history of this romantic tradition.

◦Vintage Purses: The history of the purse is depicted through 25-30 vintage purses of the LCHS collection and a private collection.

◦If the Shoe Fits...: Interesting facts and anecdotes about the history of women's shoe styles will be illustrated through the use of about 30 pairs of shoes from the LCHS collection.

◦Then and Now: Artifacts show how inventions have changed the world. Emphasis is placed on Lorain County inventions/products.

◦The Love of Lace: Examples of handmade, machine-made and craft lace from the LCHS collection are used to illustrate the basics of lace making and identification.

◦Old Glory: Samples of the many different U.S. flags help to explain its history.

◦History of Games and Puzzles: Examples of many early games and puzzles show how some of these have changed (or not!) over the years.

◦Whatzit?: A number of unusual artifacts are displayed and the audience is asked to guess their use.

Crystal Reflections: History of crystal with emphasis on Ohio-made crystal)

Jewelry Trends of the Early 20th century: Vintage jewelry pieces illustrate the trends of costume jewelry in this time period.

The Roaring ‘20s: A Flapper’s Perspective: Fashion accessories and other vintage items from the 1920s help to tell the story of Lorain County in the time of Prohibition.

PowerPoint/ Slide Presentations

o Rosie the Riveter

o The Hickories

o Lorain County in the Gold Rush

o Homes of Washington Avenue

o Elyria City Hall

o The Ely Women

o Lorain County History

o Elyria History/Ely Family

o Lorain County History Center

o Underground RR in Lorain County

o Homes and Gardens of Early Elyria

o Elyria in Vintage Postcards

o Vintage Images of Lorain County

o A Century Ago

o Stevan Dohanos: Lorain Artist

o Elyria Buildings and Bridges

o Lorain County Historical Markers

o World War II

o This Day (or Year) in History (needs advance notice)

o From Garfords to Fords: Lorain Co. Automotive History

o Those Eerie Victorians (occult beliefs and practices of the Victorian era)

o From Cleveland to Cooperstown

o Where Is That? (a virtual tour of some downtown Elyria architecture)

o Notable Women of Lorain County

o Abigail Monteith Recalls her Life

o Pamelia Beebe, a Half Century in Elyria


Length can be adjusted to fit your needs.

  • The Hickories
  • Historical Elyria (Bus or Walking Tour)
  • Walking Tour of Washington Avenue

Speakers Bureau
LCHS staff and volunteers are available for presentations on a variety of topics such as the following:

  • Ohio (or U.S.) Presidents
  • Ohio First Ladies
  • Symbolic Ohio (explanation of state symbols such as the state flag, flower, etc.)
  • Christmas Gift Bringers
  • Harriet Ingersoll Nesbett: A Grafton Pioneer
  • Elyrians at Gettysburg
  • Victorian Tea Etiquette
  • U.S. Vice Presidents
  • Tussie-Mussies and the Language of Flowers
  • Civil War (can spotlight specific years)
  • Codes in Quilts and Songs on the Underground Railroad
  • The Language of Fans
  • Tea Aboard the Titanic
  • Rose Moriarty, Elyria Suffragette
  • The Roaring ‘20s: A Flapper’s Perspective

Youth History Camp

This week-long camp at the end of June focuses mainly on Lorain County history for children ages 6 through 11. For a nominal fee, the campers engage in fun-filled activities while learning history at the same time. This camp generally fills quickly, so watch for the registration information in May or call the office, 322-3341, to receive a mailing.

Do you have new ideas?

We are always searching for new programming ideas, and we encourage you to make suggestions. We welcome your help in the creation of new programs.  Call the office at 440-322-3341 or email: 

The Community Foundation of Lorain County Supports LCHS Educational Outreach

LCHS received an $12,500 grant from The Community Foundation of Lorain County to continue our Educational Outreach Program during 2017. CFLC’s support funds the work of LCHS’s three outstanding Education Coordinators Anne, Janet, and Jim. The LCHS Outreach Program inherited six programs in 2002.  We now have 75 program offerings for 2017.  In 2015 the LCHS Education staff presented our programs to an audience of over 5,200 people. This included numerous school presentations in various school districts, as well as programs for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Metro Parks Pioneer Days, the LCHS History Camp, and many adult groups throughout the area.