Events

Bicentennial Program - "Elyria African American History"
July 10 7:00pm
The History Center (284 Washington Ave.) will be hosting Shirley Brown Reeder for her program on Elyria African American history. The program will begin at 7:00pm.


Bicentennial Program - "Homes and Gardens of 19th Century Elyria"
June 14 6:30pm
Stop by The Elyria Public Library's Central Branch for a free and open to the public program about early Elyria homes and gardens. This program will be given by LCHS Education Coordinator, Janet Bird.

Book Signing with Alvin G. Brown
May 5 5:30pm-7:00pm
Mr. Alvin G. Brown will be at The Lorain County History Center on Friday, May 5th. Author of "Elyria's People of Color (1820-1920)", Mr. Brown will be available to sign your copy of his work. Please contact the Elyria YWCA to R.S.V.P. for this event by calling 440-322-6308.
A Community Conversation with Alvin G. Brown and Judith Johnson Friedman
May 6 11:00am-1:00pm
Join Mr. Brown again, this time with Professor Emerita, Dr. Judith Johnson Friedman in The Elyria City Council Chambers (131 Court St.) for a Community Conversation. Dr. Friedman is the author of "White and Black, Together/Apart in a Small City". No reservation required.

Youth History Camp
June 19-23 9:30am-11:30am
Youth History Camp is a week-long educational program focusing on Lorain County history for children between the ages of 6 and 11. The campers engage in fun-filled activities while learning about history at the same time. Cost per child is $7.00/day or $30.00 for all five days.
Registration form can be found on the Youth History Camp page.

"Elyria's Buildings and Bridges" Program

Wednesday April 26th 7:30pm
April's free Bicentennial program will be "Elyria Buildings and Bridges" which will be at the Lorain County History Center at 7:30 on April 26th. This program will be led by our Education Coordinator, Jim Smith and like the other monthly Bicentennial programs is free and open to the public! For anyone interested, this program will take place after an Elyria Historical Association meeting held in the same location at 6:30. Guests are welcome to the meeting!

Oral History Event!
Saturday March 25th 1:00-3:00pm
We would like to invite you to our Oral History event this Saturday celebrating Elyria's Bicentennial. There will be volunteers at three locations; West River branch of the Elyria Public Library, The History Center, and Abbewood. Please come with an Elyria memory for our volunteers to record! Oral histories are a vital part of documenting what life was/is from your personal perspective.


Founder's Day Ceremony
Saturday March 18th
March 18th marks the 200th Founder's Day for Elyria. There will be a special marker dedication for the founding of Elyria at 11:00am on the corner of Broad St. and East Bridge St. by Spitzer's dental complex. Light refreshments at the History Center afterwards.

The Tuskegee Airmen - A Member Program
Sunday March 12th at 3:00pm at The History Center
Enjoy a program about the Tuskegee Airmen by Margaret Christian, the author of "Tuskegee Airmen: Men of Color Call to Action". This program is free for members and their guests. There will be a brief member meeting before the program. Light refreshments will be served.

"The Ely Family and Elyria" - An Elyria Bicentennial Program
Monday February 20th 7:00pm at Elyria Public Library Central
Kick off celebrations for Elyria's 200th birthday by learning more about the Ely family and their role in Elyria's founding. This program is open to the public and free.

The 18th Annual Valentine Tea

Saturday February 11th 11:00 and 2:00, and Sunday February 12th 12:30 and 3:30
Everyone is invited to attend a World War II War Bond Luncheon hosted by our own "Rosie," LCHS Education Coordinator Janet Bird. Following the program enjoy our elegant three-course tea of dainty tea sandwiches, delicious scones and delightful pastries. As always, we will be serving the special Hickories blend of refreshing tea. To make your reservation, call us at 440-322-3341. Members will be $22 and non-members will be $25. Doors open 30 minutes before seating.

WWI: The War to End All Wars
November 1, 2016 through December 1, 2018

The Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) is pleased to announce WWI: The War to End All Wars, an exhibit which opened on Nov. 1, 2016 and will be on view through early 2019, commemorates the centennial of the armistice of November 11, 1918 and the treaty of Versailles. The exhibit of over 20 items commemorating U.S. involvement in WWI includes items on loan from the community and from the LCHS archives. Archival items include uniforms and original WWI posters. An exhibit commemorating the U.S involvement in WWII will be ready in time for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 2016.

The exhibit is on view at the Lorain County History Center, located at 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio. Admission is $5 per adult, ages 13 to 18, $3.00, children 6 to 12, $2.00, and six and under and LCHS members are free. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.