“Victorian Confidential: The Lure of Love” Valentine Tea

February 11, 2023, 11:00 AM
February 12, 2023, 12:30 PM

The Hickories Museum, 509 Washington Avenue, Elyria

Surrounded by the elegance of The Hickories, we will raise a pinkie and tip a teacup to toast the prim and proper Victorian lady as we divulge some of her innermost secrets. Calling cards, pretty nosegays and stylish fans were among the tools she employed to communicate intimate secret messages to a love interest. Janet Bird will join us to share the methods and meanings of some of these “lures of love.” Tickets will be available soon and are sure to go fast! $40 per person, $35 for LCHS members. Gift certificates are available now for holiday gift giving. Contact the LCHS office at 440-322-3341 or lchs@lchs.org.

The Underground Railroad & Abolitionists of Northern Ohio (Bicentennial Speaker Series)

Sunday, February 19, 3:00 PM

Ohio was a significant part of the network of safe houses and hiding places that became known as the Underground Railroad. Lorain County, in particular, was important for a number of reasons. Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. The town was once said to be second only to Canada as an asylum for freedom seekers. Learn about the historic decisions that shaped Oberlin’s growth as a station and highlight the individuals and events that marked Oberlin as one of the most active stations of the Underground Railroad. Stories will include Oberlin College’s acceptance of African American students, the famous ship Amistad and a former slave and student, men who volunteered for John Brown’s violent raid on Harper’s Ferry, and local efforts to thwart slave catchers. Stephanie Bohnak, museum education and tour manager at Oberlin Heritage Center, will give this illustrated program via zoom on Sunday, February 19 at 3:00 PM. The program is free but registration is required. This presentation is part of LCHS’s monthly speaker series to commemorate Lorain County’s Bicentennial. Click here to register for this presentation.