Membership

Become a New Member, Renew your Membership or Give a Gift Membership to LCHS!

The Lorain County Historical Society is designated by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational organization. Membership dues are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor.
Membership can be processed securely online through PayPal and payment can be made with a credit card even if you do not have a PayPal account. Please use the form below to get started.
Please note: To join an "affiliate" group, you must also be a member of LCHS. After adding LCHS membership to your shopping cart, click the "Continue Shopping" button to return to this page and add the affiliate membership.
We appreciate your support!
 

For those who prefer to purchase, renew or give a membership with a check, please print and fill out the below form and mail it in with your check.

 

LCHS Membership and Renewal Form

What your support will accomplish:
  • Fund educational programs for countywide schools and Speakers Bureau
  • Operate, maintain, and further restore The Hickories Museum
  • Sponsor lectures and programs on local history topics
  • Encourage architectural preservation
  • Mount historical exhibits at The Hickories and off-site locations
  • Maintain the Gerald W. Hicks Memorial Library, with our large photo collection and historical & genealogical research materials
  • Sponsor Inter-Society activities with area-wide historical agencies
  • Maintain outstanding countywide historical collections
  • Publish historical periodicals
  • Sustain the County's only nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as the custodian of the history of all of Lorain County
 
What your support will earn for you:
  • Mailings of Hickory Leaves, our quarterly newsletter containing interesting articles, and notices of new exhibits, special events, off-site tours, and other programs
  • Discounts on selected programs and special events
  • Free admission to The Hickories Museum, the Lorain County History Center and Library
  • Eligibility for membership in the Women's Association and Elyria Historical Association
  • Eligibility to vote in annual election
  • A sense of satisfaction for having helped to preserve the Society's large collection of unique historical artifacts and papers
  • The accomplishment of helping to promote and perpetuate the knowledge of history among the residents of Lorain County
Endowed Life Membership
 
Since LCHS has developed a high level of programming and has the opening of the new Lorian County History Center on its horizon, it is really critical for us to think not only of sustaining the current level of operations, but also to provide an avenue for continuing financial support well into the future. Becoming an Endowed Life Member helps to accomplish both of these goals. Contributions received for this program are placed directly into the LCHS Endowment at The Community Foundation of Lorain County. Over time there are two results, both positive:
  1. A portion of these contributions are released for general operations every year for the life of the organization.
  2. Over time this "portion released" to LCHS will become larger because the investment will grow.
If you want to find out who has chosen to support LCHS through this program, check out the attractive plaque that is on display at all LCHS membership meetings. If you wish to receive information on joining this stalwart group of LCHS members, please contact Director Bill Bird at the LCHS office or print off the below form for additional information.
 
 

To Get More Out of Your Membership, Please Consider Joining One of Our Affiliate Groups.

 
Elyria Historical Assocation welcomes everyone with an interest in working to preserve the history of Elyria and will take on specific projects such as collecting high school yearbooks. Quarterly meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of January, April, July, and October. 
 
The Women's Assocation assists with educational programs for children and adults, conduct tours of The Hickories Museum, do conservation work on the museum's collection and help in the office and garden. They also host a book study group called "Off Campus Studies" by Case Western Reserve University. The discussion groups are open to all; a fee is charged for participation. They hold their meetings at The Hickories Museum at 10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month.