Events



LCHS Golf Outing 

August 14, 2014 

 

Please join us for the sixth annual LCHS Four-Person Golf Scramble to be held on August 14, 2014, shot gun start at 11:30 a.m. at the Forest Hills Golf Course, located at 41971 Oberlin-Elyria Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

 

The four-person scramble, $80 per golfer or $320 per scramble team of four players, includes 18 holes with a cart, lunch, a steak dinner, beverages and prizes. Team special this year is $350, which includes four golfers and a hole sign. Hole sponsorship is $75. If you are interested, call LCHS at (440) 322-3341. This event is open to the public.


Book Signing Event

August 19, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Elyria, OH (August, 6, 2014) —The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) would like to invite you to a book signing of its book entitled “Elyria.” This 128 page, over 200 vintage image, soft cover book was written by LCHS Director William Bird and LCHS Secretary Robert Ebert. This is the newest publication from LCHS and  part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. Copies of the book will be on sale during the book signing for $23 per copy held on August 19, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Hickories Museum, located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035. 

 

LCHS is offering a special pre-sale book price thought August 15, 2014 of $18 a copy. Click here for the form. Books may be picked up at the book signing or after. After August 15, 2014, the book price will be $23. Please contact the LCHS office at (440) 322-3341 or visit www.lchs.org to fill out your pre-sale order form. Copies will also be available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or arcadiapublishing.com beginning August 18, 2014.

 

This event will also give guests a rare opportunity to tour The Hickories Museum after hours. Tours will be offered at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at a one-time discounted tour rate of $3 for guests; free to LCHS Members.

 

 A second event will be held on September 4, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Vandemark Jewelers, 244 E. Broad Street, Elyria, OH 44035.

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Women's Association Porch Sale

September 5-6, 2014

 

The Women’s Association, an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) is pleased to announce that its Annual Porch Sale fundraiser will be held on Sept. 5, 2014, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 6, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hickories Museum, 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH. Past items at the Porch Sale have included decorative objects, antiques and jewelry. This event is a fundraiser for the Women’s Association, which helps support LCHS. Please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 for more information. This event is open to the public.

 

Women's Association Off-Campus Study

September 23, 2014 - November 11, 2014

 

The Women's Association, an LCHS affiliate group, hosts CWRU Book Study classes at the Lorain County History Center.  The Fall Session will begin on September 23 and run through November 11.  Pamela Belnap will be the instructor.  The title of the course is "First Ladies -from Jackie through Michele." The price is $75. Please call LCHS at (440) 322-3341 for more information. This event is open to the public.

 

10TH Annual Bar-B-Q and Auction

October 11, 2014, 5-8 p.m.

 

Lorain County Historical Society is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Bar-B-Q and Auction on October 11, 2014from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.at Jack Matia Honda located at 823 Leona Street in Elyria, Ohio. All you can eat chicken and ribs by Big Dog Catering. The dinner includes coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, rolls w/ butter, bottled water, coffee and dessert. Cash bar. Pre-sale tickets only are now available for $30 per person. For tickets, contact The Lorain County Historical Society at (440) 322-3341.Proceeds benefit the maintenance of The Hickories Museum and the programming of LCHS and the Lorain County History Center. This event is open to the public.

 

Inter-Society Meeting

November 6, 2014, Time TBD

 

The Lorian County Hisotorical Society would like to announce that the next Inter-Society meeting will be held on November 6, 2014, Time TBD at the Carlisle Visitors Center, located at 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio. The program will be on the history of the Wellington area. For more information, please call LCHS at (440) 322-3341.

 

Holiday Gala at The Hickories Museum

December 12, 2014, Friday  5-8 pm

 

The Lorain County Historical Society is pleased to announce its upcoming Holiday Party to be held on December 12, 2014.

Toast the holiday at The Hickories Museum  (509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio) during one of the most magical times of the year at the Holiday Party to be held on Friday December 12, 2014from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket price of $27.50 per person includes hors d oeuvres, spirits and musical entertainment. Please contact LCHS office at (440) 322-3341 for more information. This event is open to the public.





 

 




Exhibitions 2014

Greek Revival Houses of Lorain County, through May 31, 2014

 

The Lorain County Historical Society is pleased to announce its new exhibition Greek Revival Houses of Lorain County, on view through May 31, 2014 at the Lorain County History Center located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio. This exhibition of 28 photographs chronicle the architectural design of a selection of Greek Revival homes in Lorain County. Admission: adults $5; ages 13-18, $3; children 6-12, $2. Under six and LCHS members are free. Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call LCHS at (440) 322-3341 or visit www.lchs.org.

Vintage Toy Exhibition at the Lorain County History Center, December 3, 2013 through February 28, 2014. 

The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) will feature a Vintage Toy Exhibition, featuring a selection of approximately 30 vintage toys from the LCHS collection as well as from some private collections. Enjoy seeing some of the types of toys you played with as a child, or see the items Grandma and Grandpa were thrilled to receive in years gone by!  There will be a “hands-on” area with reproduction vintage toys for visitors to enjoy playing with. This exhibition is included with admission to the Lorain County History Center. Admission: adults $5; ages 13-18, $3; children 6-12, $2. Under six and LCHS members are free. The Lorain County History Center is located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035. Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The History Center will be closed on December 24, 25 and January 1. For more information, please call LCHS at (440) 322-3341 or visit lchs.org. The attached images are of some of the toys that will be in this vintage toy exhibition. The Mascon Toys are sure to bring back wonderful memories. These toys were made in Lorain, OH. The Mascon Toy Co. began in January 1965. It was originally the Steel Stamping Co. In 1971 it was estimated that it made about 50 different plastic toys for preschoolers. It operated at 3553 Broadway, Lorain, OH until December 1974. 

 

Sacred Landmarks Exhibition

March 10, 2013 - December 2013

The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) is pleased to announce Sacred Landmarks, an exhibition on view March 10, 2013 through December 2013 at the Lorain County History Center located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035. This exhibition includes 14 posters of color and black/white photographs featuring the architecture of Lorain County churches that were built before 1900 and continue in operation today in the same building with the same congregation. Several artifacts will also be on view. The exhibition was organized by the Lorain County Historical Society and the Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative. The exhibition is included with the price of admission to the Lorain County History Center.

 

A grand opening event is scheduled for April 6, 2013, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

This featured exhibition includes 14 posters of color and black/white photographs featuring the architecture of many of the earliest churches in Lorain County. The very earliest show the favored architecture of the time known as Western Reserve Greek Revival, which was known to the settlers who came to the Western Reserve from Connecticut. A majority of these settlers were Protestant Congregationalists of one denomination or another. Those churches constructed in the later 1800s were often of the Gothic Revival style. These slightly later settlers came from varied religious denominations including Roman Catholic. In addition, some artifacts from various churches will also be in display. 

The Lorain County History Center, located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria Ohio is open for tours, which includes the exhibition, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission: Adults $5; Children (ages 13-18) $3; Children (ages 6-12) $2; Children under six and LCHS Members FREE. Group Tours of 10 or more are $4 per person. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 or visit us at www.lchs.org.

 

The Garford Family Exhibition at The Hickories Museum

Through May 31, 2014 

If you have enjoyed watching Downton Abbey on PBS then you will enjoy visiting The Hickories Museum, an 1895 mansion that lets you step back into the lifestyle of one of Lorain County’s wealthy families, The Garfords who lived there between 1896 to 1933. The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) is pleased to announce their current exhibit at The Hickories Museum, The Garford Family, through August 31, 2013, featuring three of Mrs. Garfords dresses, one dating around the 1880s and two between 1900 to the 1920s and one of Mr. Garford’s outfits also dating between 1900 to the 1920s along with several items about their family and businesses from the LCHS archive.

 

LCHS Archivist Eric Greenly said, “It has been between 4- 5 years since the three dresses of Mrs. Garford’s and the outfit of Arthur Garford’s have been on display.” The exhibit also includes three Garford bicycle seats, information on the Garford Automobile, Garford family history and some of the events they hosted, including each of their daughter’s weddings. Various Garford photographs and newspaper articles are included in the display. 

 

The Hickories Museum, 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH is open for tours of which the exhibit is included from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission: Adults $5; Children (ages 13-18) $3; Children (ages 6-12) $2; Children under six and LCHS Members FREE. For more information please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 or visit us at www.lchs.org.

 

 

 Past 2014 Events
Elyria Historical Association Meeting 
July 23, 2014, 6 p.m.
 
Are you interested in Elyria’s Past? We invite you to attend one of our meetings to learn more about Elyria’s history and hear the latest updates on our current historical projects. Next meeting: July 23rd 6 p.m. picnic at the Cascade Park Nature Center. Bring your own table service and a dish to share. EHA will provide hot dogs and beverages. This event is open to the public.


Youth History Camp

June 16 - June 20, 2014

The Lorain County Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will be once again offer its popular Youth History Camp beginning June 16, 2014 through June 20, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The camp is open to children ages 6 through 11 and focuses on learning Lorain County history while having fun at the same time. The daily themes are as follows:

June 16: The History of Old Glory. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem while learning about the origins of our Stars and Stripes. June 17: Let’s Dig it! Uncover the mysteries that are hidden in an archaeological dig. Campers will be expected to follow techniques of modern archaeologists and create their own“mystery message.”June 18: Dawn to Dusk. Learn what the life of a servant at The Hickories might have been like over 100 years ago. Campers will be doing everything from polishing silver to beating rugs and doing laundry. June 19: The Elys of Elywood. Join us for a brief history of the Ely family, founders of Elyria and then enjoy a walk and “picnic” in their backyard – Elywood. Rain or shine – come prepared! June 20: Victorian Parlor Games and Pastimes. Learn to play games like jackstraws, dominoes and tangrams. There will also be games to make and take home. Unless indicated otherwise, all events begin and end at The Hickories Museum, 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria. Cost per child is $7 per day or $30 for all five camps. Preregistration required. To register your child or grandchild, please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 you will need to fill out this History Camp Flyer. If you are a teen interested in volunteering, please call the LCHS office at (440) 322-3341.

Ice Cream Social at The Hickories
July 13, 2014

The Lorain County Historical Society celebrates its 15thAnnual Ice Cream Social fundraiser at The Hickories Museum bringing good old fashioned family fun to all. Please join us on July 13, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as we enjoy The Hickories Museum and grounds, antique vehicles, historical displays featuring 1914 and 1964, live musical entertainment which includes The Windjammer Big Band, an onsite broadcast of oldies music by WOBL1320 AM, old fashioned games for the children and some of the best desserts in the county.

To those attending the Social, LCHS memberships will be sold at a $10 discount on July 13 only. Visitors will also be able to purchase a ½ priced ticket to the Lorain County History Center (open July 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.).  Ticket price includes ice cream and cake or pie, and a tour of The Hickories Museum located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH. Tickets are $5 per person pre-sale and $6 at the Social. For more information please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341, visit www.lchs.org or e-mail lchs@lchs.org.  Also available are hot dogs, Sloppy Joes; chips, popcorn, ice cold fresh lemonade, soda, hot coffee and bottled spring water. This event is open to the public.

 

LCHS Annual Meeting

May 15, 2014, Time: 5:45 p.m.

The Lorain County Historical Soicety will hold its Annual Meetin at the Elyria Country Club located at 41325 Oberlin Road on May 15, 2014, at 5:45 p.m. Betty Lou Higgins of Eden Valley Enterprises will present the program “Alta Weiss.” Alta was a woman who played professional baseball on a men’s team in the early 1900’s and later became a physician in Norwalk, Ohio. Cash bar. Contact LCHS office at 440-322-3341 to make your reservation by May 6, 2014. Fee: LCHS Member(s) $30.00 non-member(s) $35.00 each.

Spring Garden Luncheon

June 7, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please join the Lorain County Historical Society for its Spring Garden Luncheon on June 7, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a casual afternoon of flowers, food and fun at The Hickories Museum, located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Private gardens will be available for viewing. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, as seating is limited; $17.50 for non-members and $14 for LCHS members. For more information, please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341.This event is open to the public.
 
LCHS Membership Meeting
March, 9, 2014, 3 p.m.
Lorain County Historical Society Membership Meeting will be held on March 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Lorain County History Center located at 284 Washington Ave.  Elyria, OH. After  a  short  business  meeting,  Jim  Smith,  LCHS Education Coordinator, will present a program entitled “Civil  War  1850-1864,”  which will  feature  the  main events and people of that very significant year in our nation’s history. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call LCHS at (440) 322-3341. This event is open to the public.

 

LCHS Valentine Tea

The Teas were held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Program: “Crystal Reflections” by Janet Bird. Following the program, enjoy high tea with our refreshing special tea blend, sandwiches, scones and an assortment of sweet delicacies.

 

 

Past 2013 Events

WREATHS HAVE SOLD OUT ---"THANK YOU!" TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER.

Women’s Association Holiday Wreath Fundraiser, Pick up Dec. 2 and 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Women’s Association, an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) continues their holiday tradition of creating festive holiday wreaths each year as a fundraiser for LCHS.

This season, enjoy the fresh fragrance of the holidays with our live balsam fir wreaths. Each wreath is hand-decorated with clusters of holiday ornaments. The seasonal look is enhanced with a large festive bow, hand-tied and specially selected to compliment each wreath. These festive seasonal decorations are available for $30 per wreath make great holiday gifts! Mailing boxes are available for $3 each for shipping a wreath to family or friends. Gift certificates for wreaths are also available for $30. All proceeds benefit The Lorain County Historical Society. To order one or more wreath(s), please visit www.lchs.org to fill out an order form or contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 to place your order. The wreaths will be ready for pick up on December 2 and 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Lorain County History Center, located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Other pick up times can be arranged.

Holiday Gala

Dec. 6, 2013, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Lorain County Historical Society will hold its popular Holiday Gala on December 6, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Toast the holiday at The Hickories Museum located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035 during one of the most magical times of the year. Ticket price of $27.50 per person includes hors d oeuvres, spirits and musical entertainment. Please contact LCHS office at (440) 322-3341 for more information or visit www.lchs.org. This event is open to the public.

EHA Annual Holiday 2013 Ornament Announced

The Elyria Historical Association (EHA) is pleased to announce that the association’s new emblem design of a 1913 Garford Cyclops automobile was chosen as the image for their Fifth Annual Holiday Ornament fundraiser. This limited edition, gold acrylic bulb, is 3 ¼ inches and is decorated with an image in black of the 1913 Garford Cyclops automobile.

The ornaments are now available and can be purchased for $7 each or three for $20 at The Lorain County History Center, located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH or by calling (440) 322-3341 if you would like to purchase one for yourself or several, as they make great gifts. All proceeds of the sale of these ornaments benefit EHA, an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society. Please note that the image below will be made with the "e" removed from Cyclops.

 

EHA Fundraiser at Bob Evans

The Bob Evans Restaurant located at 503 Griswold Road, Elyria, Ohio (Rt. 57 between 1-80 and 1-90) is hosting a Community Fundraiser between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. November 5, 2013 to benefit the Elyria Historical Association (EHA), an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society.

Present your server with a Community
Fundraiser flyer on November 5, 2013 and 15% of your meal bill will be donated to EHA.

The flyer must accompany your bill for the donation to be made. Visit
www.lchs.org and print off the flyer found under “Events.” Flyers will also be available at the Bob Evans Restaurant. EHA Fundraiser Flyer.

 

Annual Bar-B-Q and Auction

Oct. 12, 2013, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lorain County Historical Society is pleased to announce its ninth annual Bar-B-Q and Auction on October 12, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.at Jack Matia Honda located at 823 Leona Street in Elyria, Ohio. All you can eat chicken and ribs by Big Dog Catering. The dinner includes coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, rolls w/ butter, bottled water, coffee and dessert. Cash bar. Pre-sale tickets onlyare now available for $30 per person. For tickets, contact The Lorain County Historical Society at (440)322-3341.Proceeds benefit the maintenance of The Hickories Museum and the programming of LCHS and the Lorain County History Center. This event is open to the public.

Lorain County Preservation Network Exhibition

October 19, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lorain County Preservation Network (LCPN) is hosting an exhibition of preservation activities going on across Lorain County on October 19, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Black River Landing located at 421 Black River Lane, Lorain, OH. This event is free and open to the public.

We are expecting exhibits from Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Elyria, Lorain, Oberlin and Sheffield Village. Some of the communities will have multiple exhibits.

 

Elyria Historical Association Meeting

October 23, 2013, TBD

The Elyria Historical Assocation meeting will be held on October 23, 2013, time TBD. After the meeting, Dave Wessely will present on “Elyria’s Postal History.”

 

 

Porch Sale

September 6-7, 2013

The Women’s Association, an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) is pleased to announce that its Annual Porch Salefundraiser will be held on Sept. 6, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 7, 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Past items at the Porch Sale have included decorative objects, antiques and jewelry. This event is a fundraiser for the Women’s Association, which helps support LCHS. This event is open to the public. Please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 if you have items to donate to the sale.

 

Women's Association Meeting

July 23, 2013, 10 a.m.

The Women's Assocation, an affiliate group of LCHS will hold a meeting on July 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. at The Hickories Museum located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio.

Elyria Historical Association Meeting

July 24, 2013, 6 p.m.

The next EHA meeting will be held on July 24, 2013 at 6 p.m. with a potluck picnic at The Hickories Museum at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio. At 7 p.m. Jim Smith will give his presentation "Elyrians at Gettysburg."

 

EHA Bob Evans Fundraiser

August 1, 2013, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Bob Evans Restaurant located at 503 Griswold Road, Elyria, Ohio (Rt. 57 between 1-80 and 1-90) is hosting a Community Fundraiserbetween 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. August 1, 2013 to benefit the Elyria Historical Association (EHA), an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society.

Present your server with a Community Fundraiser flyer on August 1, 2013 and 15% of your meal bill will be donated to EHA.

The flyer must accompany your bill for the donation to be made.
Please present this flyer. Flyers will also be available at the Bob Evans Restaurant.

Golf Scramble

August 8, 2013

Please join us for the fifth annual LCHS Four-Person Golf Scramble to be held on August 8, 2013, shot gun start at 11:30 a.m. at the Forest Hills Golf Course, located at 41971 Oberlin-Elyria Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

The four-person scramble, $80 per golfer or $320 per scramble team of four players, includes 18 holes with a cart, lunch, a steak dinner, beverages and prizes. Team special this year is $350, which includes four golfers and a hole sign. Hole sponsorship is $75. If you are interested, call LCHS at (440) 322-3341.

 

 

Ice Cream Social

July 14, 2013, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lorain County Historical Society’s popular 14thAnnual Ice Cream Social fundraiser at The Hickories Museum returns to offer good old fashioned family fun.

 

Please join us on July 14, 2013 from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. as we enjoy The Hickories Museum and grounds, historical displays, old fashioned games for the children and some of the best desserts in the county. Our display of antique vehicles and other vehicles will amaze you. We have addedd two cakewalks with donated cakes from The Carriage House in Avon, Ohio.

Ticket price includes ice cream and cake or pie, and a tour of The Hickories Museum. Presale tickets are $5 per person and $6 at the Social. For more information please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341, visit www.lchs.org.

 

Also available for purchase are hot dogs, Sloppy Joes; chips, popcorn, ice cold fresh lemonade, soda, hot coffee and bottled spring water. This event is open to the public.

 

 

Youth History Camp

June 17-21, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) offers something different for children 6 to 11 years of age. Youth History Camp will be held June 17-21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. providing campers with a series of activities devoted to the Civil War.

 

June 17: Civil War Camp Life. Be prepared to rough it! Campers will participate in activities ranging from making their platoon’s flag to doing laundry.

June 18: Communication Codes of the Civil War. Discover the ways that messages could be sent at this time either by secret code, by Morse code or by musical instruments.

June 19: Ready for Battle. With the help of Civil War re-enactors, learn how to march in order and learn drills to prepare for battle. Campers will also be able to view replicas of a Civil War cannon and rifle as well as Union and Confederate uniforms.

June 20: Remembering the Lost. Take a short walk from The Hickories to Ridgelawn Cemetery to place your own handmade wreath on the gravestones of Civil War veterans and see how Elyria honored some of the soldiers who died in battle.

June 21: Folks at Home. Learn how the families of Civil War soldiers helped the war effort from home. Campers will learn to make bandages, to write letters and also to relax with some games from that time period.

All events begin and end at The Hickories, 509 Washington Ave. in Elyria. Fee: $7 per day or $30 for all five camps. Preregistration required. To register please fill out the History Camp Flyer . To register or if you are a teen interested in volunteering, please call the LCHS office at (440) 322-3341.

 

Spring Garden Luncheon

June 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us for The Lorain County Historical Society’s sixth annual Spring Garden Luncheon on June 8, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the beautiful Hickories Museum located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Enjoy a casual afternoon of flowers, food and fun. Private gardens will be available for viewing. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as seating is limited. Fee: $14.00 for LCHS Members and $17.50 for non-members. For more information please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341.This event is open to the public.

 

Elyria Historical Association Bob Evan's Fundraiser in Elyria, Ohio

May 1, 2013, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Bob Evans Restaurant located at 503 Griswold Road, Elyria, Ohio (Rt. 57 between 1-80 and 1-90) is hosting a Community Fundraiserbetween 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 1, 2013 to benefit the Elyria Historical Association (EHA), an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society.
Present your server with a Community Fundraiser flyer on May 1, 2013 and 15% of your meal bill will be donated to EHA. Click here to print the
EHA Bob Evan's Fundraiser May 1, 2013 flyer.

 

LCHS Annual Meeting

LCHS Annual Meeting will be held on May 16, 2013, social time begins at 5:45 p.m. (Cash Bar), dinner served at 6:45 p.m. at the Elyria Country Club located at 41325 Oberlin Road. After the meeting, a program will be presented by Charlene Connors on "Mary Todd Lincoln," wife of President Abraham Lincoln, misrepresented by popular history and maligned by her peers. RSVP with payment (members, $27.50, non-members $32.50 each) and entrée selection by May 7, 2013. Contact LCHS at 440-322-3341 with any questions.

 

2012 Events

 

Women's Association 2012 Wreath Fundraiser

Place orders by Nov. 30, 2012; pick up Dec. 3 and 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

Last year, the LCHS Women’s Association had a waitlist for their popular hand-decorated holiday wreaths, so don’t get caught in the cold and miss out on ordering one. You have until Nov. 30, 2012 to place your order.

The Women’s Association, an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) continues their holiday tradition of creating festive holiday wreaths each year as a fundraiser for LCHS.

This season, enjoy the fresh fragrance of the holidays with our live balsam fir wreaths. Each wreath is hand-decorated with a custom spray of gold or silver leaves and a cluster of small, round gold or silver ornaments. The seasonal look is enhanced with a large festive bow, hand-tied and specially selected to compliment each wreath. These festive seasonal decorations are available for $30 per wreath. Mailing boxes are available for $3 each for shipping a wreath to family or friends. Gift certificates for wreaths are also available for $30. All proceeds benefit The Lorain County Historical Society.

Please place your order by Nov. 30, 2012. To order one or more wreath(s) as they make nice holiday gifts, please visit www.lchs.org to fill out a Women's Association 2012 Wreath Order Form or contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 to place your order. The wreaths will be ready for pick-up on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 from noon until 4 p.m. at The Lorain County History Center, located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

EHA Fourth Annual Christmas Ornament Fundraiser 2012

The Elyria Historical Association (EHA) is pleased to announce that the association’s new emblem design of the Ely Park Civil War Monument with Cannon was chosen as the image for their Fourth Annual Christmas Ornament fundraiser. The limited edition, green acrylic bulb is 3 ¼ inches and is decorated with an image in white of the monument and cannon. It joins last year’s limited edition, white acrylic ornament that featured the Lorain County Courthouse (c. 1881) and the previous year’s white acrylic ornament that featured the Lorain County Historical Society emblem.

Ornaments can be purchased for $7 each or three for $20 at the EHA Oct. 24, 2012, 7 p.m. meeting at The Hickories Museum. They will also be available at the Lorain County History Center or by calling (440) 322-3341 if you would like to purchase one for yourself or several, as they make great gifts. All proceeds of the sale of these ornaments benefit EHA, an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society.

Holiday Gala

December 7, 2012, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Toast the holiday at The Hickories Museum during one of the most magical times of the year at the Holiday Party to be held on Friday December 7, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket price of $25 per person includes hors d oeuvres, spirits and musical entertainment. Please contact LCHS office at (440) 322-3341 for more information or visit www.lchs.org. This event is open to the public.

 

 

EHA Meeting

October 24, 2012, 7 p.m.

The Elyria Historical Assocation (EHA) is pleased to announce its business meeting to be held on October 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. at The Hickories Museum, located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio. Following a business meeting, members and guests will enjoy the program "The Election of 1912." Please contact if you are interested in attending at (440) 322-3341. Membership is open to anyone with the interest in the history of Elyria. Membership in LCHS is required. EHA dues are $5 per person.

EHA Bob Evans Fundraiser

October 30, 2012, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Bob Evans Restaurant located at 503 Griswold Road, Elyria, Ohio (Rt. 57 between 1-80 and 1-90) is hosting a Community Fundraiser between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2012 to benefit the Elyria Historical Association (EHA), an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society.

Present your server with a Community Fundraiser flyer on Oct. 30, 2012 and 15% of your meal bill will be donated to EHA. EHA Bob Evans Flyer.

 
Golf Outing
August 9, 2012, 11:30 a.m. Shot Gun Start

Please join us for the fourth annual LCHS Golf Scramble to be held on August 9, 2012, shot gun start at 11:30 a.m. at the Forest Hills Golf Course, located at 41971 Oberlin-Elyria Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

The four-person scramble, $80 per golfer or $320 per Scramble team, includes 18 holes with a cart, lunch, a steak dinner, beverages and prizes. Team special this year is $350, which includes four golfers and a hole sign Hole or $75 for a hole sponsorship. Dinner only is $30 per person.

We need golfers, hole sponsors and donations for door prizes. Please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 for more information. If you are interested in the LCHS Golf Scramble, fill out the below flyer and return to the LCHS office at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035 or fax us at (440) 322-0893.

This event is a fundraiser that benefits LCHS. This event is open to the public.

LCHS Golf Outing Flyer

 

LCHS Picnic

August 16, 2012

The Lorain County Historical Society General Membership Meeting and Potluck Picnic will be held on August 16, 2012. Optional tour of the Bronson House Museum will begin at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is located at 13646 (Columbia) W. River Road, Columbia Township. The Potluck Picnic at 6:30 p.m. will be held at the Columbia Township Park’s Pavilion B located at 25540 Royalton Road (Rt. 82) Columbia Station.

LCHS will provide the hot dogs, beverages and table service. Please bring a side dish to share with serving utensils if needed.

Following dinner there will be a short business meeting.

Directions to the Bronson House Museum:

Take Rt. 82 east to Columbia center; at the traffic light turn left (north) onto Columbia West River Road. Look for the Middle School entrance drive on the left; turn onto this drive. The Drive for the house is just past the house on the right, before getting to the Middle School.

To the picnic site:

Take Rt. 82 east to Columbia. Watch for the township park/picnic ground on the left (north) side of Rt. 82 before getting to the fire station and the traffic light. Pavilion B is straight back (north) from the end of the parking lot.

 

 

Lorain County History Center Grand Opening

May 11, 2012, 2 p.m.

The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) is pleased to announce the opening of the Lorain County History Center, located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio. A Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on its front lawn on May 11, 2012 at 2 p.m. After the ceremony, the History Center will open to the public. Souvenirs will be given to the first 100 visitors attending. The History Center’s opening weekend hours are Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Attending the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be LCHS Director Bill Bird, State Senator Gayle Manning, State Representative Matt Lundy, Mayor Holly Brinda, LCHS Board Members and Staff, along with many others.

Executive Director, Bill Bird said about the opening, "At The Hickories, we are preserving a wonderful building and presenting a house museum which interprets the lifestyle of an early 1900’s family of means. At the History Center, we will continue to serve our preservation mission since this building was originally slated for demolition. However, our usage of the new space will be totally different in that we created a museum in a house, which will provide many valuable resources and educational opportunities for people to learn about the history of the entire county."

This center will be set up so that visitors may self-guide throughout the themed exhibits currently on view.

The Lorain County History Center regular hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult and ages 13 to 18, $3.00 and children 6 to 12, $2.00 (Children under six and LCHS Members FREE). Group tours of 10 or more are welcomed and are $4 per adult. Please call LCHS at (440) 322-3341 to schedule a tour.

Become a member of LCHS and visit the History Center for free. Visit LCHS.org to join. Membership levels include $35 for family; individual $25; sustaining $60; patron $125; and heritage $250. Join an affiliate group such as the Women’s Association for $10 or The Elyria Historical Association for $5 with an LCHS membership.

The Lorain County History Center contains seven new galleries for exhibits, a research library, new administrative offices and a gift shop. In addition, there is a significant increase in storage space, which will allow LCHS to continue to collect and properly preserve important county artifacts and archival materials well into the future. Two floors of the facility will be open to the public and each will have Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. One of the major exhibit galleries will be dedicated to rotating exhibits provided from local historical societies in Lorain County as well as local industries and even private collectors. Appropriate climate, lighting, and security controls have been provided in all exhibit galleries.

The Lorain County History Center located in the renovated Horace Starr House, a large Italianate-style mansion. It, along with its carriage house were both built in 1857 and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission approved $500,000 for the portion of the project that included installation of an ADA-compliant elevator and restrooms; installation of an HVAC system; electrical and plumbing updates; and interior and exterior repairs and painting, including restoration of both masonry and wood details.

 

LCHS Annual Meeting
May, 16, 2012, 6 p.m.

The Annual Meeting of the Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) will be held at the Elyria Country Club located on 41325 Oberlin Road, Elyria, Ohio on May 16, 2012 at 6 p.m. A brief social time is followed by dinner, a short business meeting and an entertaining program presented by Dan Ruminski on Cleveland’s “Millionaire’s Row” will end the evening. Fee: $25 for LCHS members, $30 for non-members, cash bar. Advance reservations required. For more information contact (440) 322-3341.

EHA Bob Evans Community Fundrasier

The Bob Evans Restaurant located at 503 Griswold Road, Elyria, Ohio (Rt. 57 between 1-80 and 1-90) is hosting a Community Fundraiser between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 24, 2012 to benefit the Elyria Historical Association (EHA), an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society.
Present your server with a Community Fun Night flyer on May 24, 2012 and 15% of your meal bill will be donated to EHA.

The flyer must accompany your bill for the donation to be made. EHA Bob Evans Flyer
to be presented for donation. Flyers will also be available at the Bob Evans Restaurant.

Spring Garden Luncheon
June 2, 2012, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join us for The Lorain County Historical Society’s fourth annual Spring Garden Luncheon on June 2, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Hickories Museum located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035. This lovely luncheon at Elyria’s historic jewel gives you a rare opportunity to enjoy a casual afternoon of flowers, fragrance, food, music and fun on the grounds of a beautiful 1895 mansion.
Advance Tickets are $15 ($12 for LCHS Members) and are available now at the LCHS office. Only a few tickets are available the day of the event. For more information please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 or e-mail lchs@lchs.org. This event is open to the public.
Youth History Camp
June 18-22, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) offers something different for children 6 to 11 years of age. Youth History Camp will be held June 18-22 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. providing campers with a series of activities about a different historical topic each day.

The schedule is as follows:

June 18 Lorain County History and the History Center

June 19 World War II on the Homefront

June 20 A Walk in the Park

June 21 Fun with Pictures (magic lanterns, stereoscopes and cameras)

June 22 Early Transportation in Lorain County

All events begin and end at The Hickories, 509 Washington Ave. in Elyria.

Fee: $7 per day or $30 for all five camps. Preregistration required. To register, please call the LCHS office at (440) 322-3341.

LCHS Ice Cream Social

July 8, 2012, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lorain County Historical Society’s popular 13th Annual Ice Cream Social fundraiser at The Hickories Museum returns to offer good old fashioned family fun.

Please join us on July 8, 2012 from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. as we enjoy The Hickories Museum and grounds, historical displays, an onsite broadcast of oldies music by WOBL1320 AM, old fashioned games for the children and some of the best desserts in the county. Our display of antique vehicles and other vehicles will amaze you.

Ticket price includes ice cream and cake or pie, and a tour of The Hickories Museum. Presale tickets are $5 per person and $6 at the Social. For more information please contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341, visit www.lchs.orgor e-mail thehickories@windstream.net.

Also available for purchase are hot dogs, Sloppy Joes; chips, popcorn, ice cold fresh lemonade, soda, hot coffee and bottled spring water. This event is open to the public.

EHA Christmas Ornament Fundraiser

The Elyria Historical Association (EHA) is pleased to announce that The Hickories Museum (c. 1894) was chosen as the image for their Third Annual Christmas Ornament fundraiser. The limited edition, white acrylic bulb is 3 ¼ inches and is decorated with an image in green of The Hickories Museum. It joins last year’s limited edition, white acrylic ornament that featured the Lorain County Courthouse (c. 1881) and the previous year’s white acrylic ornament that featured the Lorain County Historical Society emblem.

Ornaments can be purchased for $7 each or three for $20 at The Hickories Museum if you would like to purchase one for yourself or several, as they make great gifts. All proceeds of the sale of these ornaments benefit EHA, an affiliate group of The Lorain County Historical Society.

Starr House Christmas Ornament Fundraiser

The 2011 Starr House Christmas Ornament is still available for purchase at the LCHS office located at 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH. Each ornament is $10 each.

This lovely cream colored ceramic disc ornament with a lovely blue ribbon features the Horace Starr home, the future home of the Lorain County History Center. The reverse side is printed with the LCHS Logo.

Proceeds Benefit The Lorain County Historical Society. For more information call LCHS at

440-322-3341 or email lchs@lchs.org.

 

LCHS Yearly Special Events 

Valentine Tea, February
This event includes an entertaining and educational program, followed by refreshing hot tea, savory tea sandwiches, scones and a delicious assortment of sweet treats, served in courses, in our beautiful 1895 mansion. This event is open to the public.
 
 
The Women’s Association Off Campus Studies, Spring Session
This Office Campus Studies session is offered though The Case Western Reserve University’s Office of Continuing Education. A book is selected for discussion. Fee. This event is open to all.

 

LCHS Annual Meeting, May 16, 2012

This meeting includes an informative program and gives a wrap-up of the previous year along with what is to come.

 

 

Spring Garden Luncheon at The Hickories, June 2, 2012 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This year's lovely luncheon at Elyria’s historic jewel will provide guests the opportunity to enjoy a casual afternoon of delicious food, flowers, fragrance, and fun.  Guests will be entertained by the melodious sounds of our pianist, Cathy Stacey, in addition to the Sweet Adelines, and a Barbershop Quartet.  Several local private gardens will also be available for our guest to view. $15 per person.  Advance ticket purchase requested.  Limited tickets available the day of the event.  Tickets available now at the LCHS office.  For more information call 322-3341 or email lchs@lchs.org.   Open to the public. 

 
 
 

Youth History Camp, June 18-22, 2012

This camp lasts five days from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and provides campers with a series of activities about a different historical topic each day. Event topics have included  Victorian children’s games and sports and how to identify architectural styles and features of homes built between 1880 to 1930, just to name a few. This event is open to the public.

 

Ice Cream Social, July 8, 2012

This event includes historical displays featuring selected years, an onsite broadcast of oldies music by WOBL1320 AM, old fashioned games for the children and some of the best desserts in the county. Our display of antique vehicles and other vehicles will amaze you. This event is open to the public.

  

 

Golf Scramble, August

The four-person scramble includes 18 holes with a cart, lunch, a steak dinner, beverages and prizes. This event is open to the public.

 

Women’s Association Porch Sale, September

Thousands of items ranging from decorative items, books, antiques, china, children’s toys, jewelry, luggage, collectables and clothing all donated by the Women’s Association, LCHS and community members go on sale two days in September.  This event is open to the public.

 

 

BBQ and Silent Auction, October, 13, 2012

Your ticket to this fundraiser includes all you can eat chicken and ribs, plus sides and dessert.  A silent auction of donated gifts follows dinner. This event is open to the public.

 

 

 

 

Elyria Historical Association Fundraiser, November

Each year, EHA holds a fundraiser at a local restaurant for this LCHS affiliate group. This group welcomes everyone with an interest in working to preserve the history of Elyria. This event is open to the public.

 

 

Women’s Associations Wreath Sale, December

This affiliate group of LCHS continues their holiday tradition of creating festive holiday wreaths each year as a fundraiser for the LCHS. Available to the public.

 

 

Elyria Historical Association Christmas Ornament, December 

This affiliate group of LCHS issues a new limited edition Christmas Ornament as a fundraiser each year, selecting a notable image that represents the City of Elyria on the ornament.

 

 
 

LCHS Holiday Gala, December 14, 2012

Toast the holidays at The Hickories Museum during one of the most magical times of the year at the LCHS Holiday Gala. Ticket include hors d oeuvres and spirits, along with musical entertainment. This event is open to the public.

 

  
 
 

 

  
 
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