"Celebrate Good Times" Valentine Tea
February 9, 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
February 10, 12:30 & 3:30 PM
The Hickories, 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria

Since 1895, the home of Arthur and Mary Garford has been the site of many celebrations, from anniversaries and birthday parties to elegant teas. Join us in February for another lovely event when LCHS presents the 20th Annual Valentine Tea. The program for this celebratory occasion will be presented by Janet Bird, LCHS education coordinator, and will give the chance to reminisce about the last twenty years of teas at The Hickories. Afterwards, guests will be served a three-course high tea complete with savory sandwiches, scrumptious scones, and delightful desserts. Tickets are $25 each for LCHS members and $28 for non-members. Contact LCHS at 440-322-3341 or for more information.
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R.J. Robinson: A Wellington Treasure Hidden in Plain View
February 13, 3:00 PM
Lorain County History Center, 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria
R.J. Robinson was a barber, restaurateur, and Baptist minister. He was also a free man of color, born in an era of slavery. In the fall of 1860, Robinson left the pre-Civil War turmoil of Alton, Illinois and moved to Wellington, in Lorain County. Robinson and his family found a generous welcome in the abolitionist village and were prominent members of the Wellington business community for decades. While living in Wellington, he continued his life-long pursuit of racial equality through itinerant preaching and chairing national African American organizations. Robinson is perhaps the reason that Frederick Douglass gave a speech in Wellington in 1868. Come to the History Center to learn about Robinson and his life in Lorain County through a presentation by researcher Marilyn Wainio. Marilyn's talk is free and open to all.  Contact LCHS for more information at 440-322-3341 or

Honoring Baseball's Groundbreaking Moses Fleetwood Walker
February 26, 3:00 PM
Lorain County History Center, 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria
Jackie Robinson became one of baseball’s most famous players for supposedly breaking the color barrier of Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. However, as groundbreaking as his actions were, Robinson was not the first black man to play Major League Baseball. That honor goes to Moses Fleetwood “Fleet” Walker, an Ohio native and Oberlin College student who broke that record in 1884, 63 years before Robinson. The second man? Fleetwood's brother, Weldy Wilberforce Walker. Join us to hear Kelly Boyer Sagert, author of Hidden History of Lorain County, share insights into the life of this fascinating man. This presentation is free and open to all. Contact LCHS for more information at 440-322-3341 or

History Writing Workshop Series
February 25, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
March 25, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
April date TBD
Roxy's Emporium, 604 Middle Avenue, Elyria
If you've dreamed of writing historical articles or books, and just aren't sure how to make it all come together, you're invited to come to a series of three free workshops focused on helping you learn how to research, write and publish historical material. The instructor is Kelly Boyer Sagert, a full-time freelance writer who has traditionally published numerous historical books, along with historical articles, encyclopedia entries, plays and more. Contact Kelly with questions at or 440-670-6624.