Local History Networking Hour

Tuesday, April 11, Noon

LCHS hosts the quarterly online meeting of the people who support Lorain County’s history groups and history-related activities in our communities! Hear the latest on the County Bicentennial. Get an update on current news, share your own activities with the group, and find out how to get help with any pressing needs. All are invited! Click here to register for this event and get the link. Contact the LCHS office at lchs@lchs.org or (440) 322-3341 with any questions.

Lorain County Metro Parks (Bicentennial Speaker Series)

Sunday, April 23, 3:00 PM

Henry’s Barn, 46223 U.S. Route 20, Oberlin

For more than six decades, the Lorain County Metro Parks has provided natural and cultural education, as well as opportunity for recreation, in local communities. Created in 1957, the Lorain County Metro Parks feature almost 120 miles of scenic trails and 11,000 acres of parkland. The twenty-nine diverse reservations or park facilities are in every major community and are only minutes from all Lorain County residents. Staff naturalists and educators now offer more than 1,600 programs to the citizens of Lorain County and provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Learn more about the history and programs of the Lorain County Metro Parks with a presentation by Metro Parks Director James Ziemnik on Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 PM. This presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of LCHS’s monthly speaker series to commemorate Lorain County’s Bicentennial. Henry’s Barn is located in the North Star Preserve. A newer facility of the Metro Parks, this barn is rich with local history, with its origin dating back to the late 1800s. The barn was previously located on the Johnson Estate in Oberlin. Its namesake was Henry Thomas, a freed slave and caretaker for the Johnson family.

An Insider’s Look at The Hickories

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 PM

The Hickories Museum, 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria

Join us for the first gathering of LCHS’s new affiliate organization, The Friends of The Hickories. Hear about the need for this special group to help with the stewardship of this beloved Elyria landmark as you gain access to some spaces that the public does not see. Whether you have already joined as a member or would like to learn more about becoming a Friend, you won’t want to miss this special event! This event is free but registration is requested. Click here to register.

Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, May 11, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

The First Church in Oberlin, 106 N. Main Street, Oberlin

Save the date for LCHS’s Annual Membership Meeting. The evening will include a brief business meeting (5:30 PM) and reception, with an opportunity to learn more about First Church. Such eminent Americans as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Horace Greeley, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington and Woodrow Wilson spoke there. The church is a City of Oberlin Historic Landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The meeting is free but advance registration is required, before May 8. Click here to register. Contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 or lchs@lchs.org with any questions.