Events

19th Amendment Centennial Exhibit Opening
June 15, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Lorain County History Center, 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria
All are invited to the opening of a new exhibit at the Lorain County History Center in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. With roots that spring from the nation’s founding and intensify in the years following the Civil War, the struggle for women’s suffrage was both long and difficult. On June 16, 1919, Ohio became the fifth state to ratify the 19th Amendment. By August 1920, the 36 states needed to ratify the 19th Amendment had done so and it became law, making women’s suffrage legal throughout the United States. However, the passage of the Amendment did not guarantee the right to vote for all American women, as women of certain ethnicities continued to face barriers to voting for decades into the twentieth century. The new exhibit will be on display through 2020. Celebrate the opening of the exhibit on Saturday, June 15 with the free admission to the Lorain County History Center from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  The Hickories Museum, 509 Washington Avenue, will also be open to the public with free admission from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on June 15.

Ice Cream Social
July 21, Noon - 4:00 PM
The Hickories, 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria
Come join us for Lorain County Historical Society's annual Ice Cream Social on the gorgeous, shaded lawn of the Hickories museum. There will be live music, tours of the museum, antique vehicles, old-fashioned games, and plenty of food! Your ticket includes pie or cake and and ice cream. Sloppy joes and hot dogs will be available for sale. WOBL will be broadcasting live. Pre-sale tickets are $5 each and available for purchase at the Lorain County History Center, 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Tickets on the day of the Social are $6. Circle the date now and plan to join us!
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Victoria Woodhull: Shattering Glass Ceilings
September 26, 7:00 PM
Lorain County History Center, 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria
Join us for this free presentation to hear the remarkable story of this fearless female who spent her life doing things that women in her time didn't do, including being the first woman to run for President - in 1872! Victoria Woodhull ran for president under the banner of The Equal Rights Party. She supported universal suffrage for women, an eight-hour work day, a national education system, and world peace with the creation of an international body to help prevent war around the world. Radical ideas in her time! In 1871, Victoria was the first woman to publicly address Congress with her declaration that the 14th and 15th amendments already gave women the right to vote. She was an outspoken advocate of spiritualism and the revolutionary idea that women should have the right to choose who to marry and whether to divorce. She and her sister, Tennessee Claflin, were suffragists, newspaper owners and the first women stockbrokers on Wall Street.