A Higher Law: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858 (Bicentennial Speaker Series)

Tuesday, September 26, 12:00 – 2:00 PM & 6:00 – 8:00 PM

LCCC Stocker Arts Center, Cinema Hall, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria

The Oberlin–Wellington Rescue of 1858 was a key event in the history of abolitionism leading up to the Civil War, when a group of 37 men were charged with violating the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. This is the first time that a ‘higher law’ defense was used in a federal court case. Learn more through a showing of the documentary “A Higher Law: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858” followed with a facilitated talk back featuring Carol Lasser, director of the Wilson Bruce Evans Home Historical Society and filmmakers Scott Spears and Christina Paolucci. Two showings will be offered on September 26, beginning at 12:00 PM and at 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

Vital Records and Other Sources: The Cornerstone of Genealogical Research (Genealogy Workshop Series)

Saturday, October 7, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Lorain County History Center, 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria

Lorain County Historical Society is proud to offer a three-part Genealogy Workshop Series this fall presented by national expert Deborah Abbott, Ph.D. Three Saturday sessions will be approximately 90 minutes (including time for questions) beginning at 10:00 AM at the Lorain County History Center. The topics to be covered are: Session 1 (Sept 16): Beginning Genealogy: A Journey into the Past; Session 2 (Oct 7): Vital Records and Other Sources: The Cornerstone of Genealogical Research; and Session 3 (Nov 4): Strategies & Techniques: Breaking the Brick Wall of Slave Research. Dr. Abbott is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical methodology, manuscript collections, and African American family research. This workshop series is free to attend but registration is required, so that we can ensure there are enough materials available. Click here to register. Contact the LCHS office at lchs@lchs.org or 440-322-3341 with any questions.

Lorain County’s Many Ethnic Groups (Bicentennial Speaker Series)

Sunday, October 22, 3:00 PM

YWCA Elyria, 318 West Avenue, Elyria

Lorain County is one of the most amazing “melting pots” of people in the entire USA. Immigrants came from almost every state and all the corners of the world to live, work, and raise a family in the many employment opportunities the county provided. Each wave of newcomers brought their own customs, traditions, and religions. Through the years, Lorain County not only welcomed all, but forged communities that exemplified the song Frank Sinatra sang in the 1940s: “What Is America To Me” – the place where I belong – my home! Join us on Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 PM at the YWCA Elyria for a presentation by David Simmer that will showcase the different ethnic and religious groups that call Lorain County their home.  This talk is free and no registration is required.

Ridgelawn Cemetery Tours

Saturday, October 28, 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 29, 5:00 PM

Ridgelawn Cemetery, 285 Columbus Street, Elyria

Join the Lorain County Historical Society on a guided tour though Elyria’s oldest cemetery and meet some of Elyria’s most famous residents. We will be gathering in the Smitty’s Restaurant parking lot to embark on a fascinating journey through history as we meet individuals who have played pivotal roles in our community’s past. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through the cemetery, sharing anecdotes, historical facts, and intriguing tales about the individuals buried there. We might even meet a few along the way! This year’s experience will be completely different from tours in the past. Tickets are $10 ($5 for LCHS Members) and must be reserved in advance. Click here for tickets.

Strategies & Techniques: Breaking the Brick Wall of Slave Research (Genealogy Workshop Series)

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Lorain County Historical Society, 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria

Lorain County Historical Society is proud to offer a three-part Genealogy Workshop Series this fall presented by national expert Deborah Abbott, Ph.D. Three Saturday sessions will be approximately 90 minutes (including time for questions) beginning at 10:00 AM at the Lorain County History Center. The topics to be covered are: Session 1 (Sept 16): Beginning Genealogy: A Journey into the Past; Session 2 (Oct 7): Vital Records and Other Sources: The Cornerstone of Genealogical Research; and Session 3 (Nov 4): Strategies & Techniques: Breaking the Brick Wall of Slave Research. Dr. Abbott is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical methodology, manuscript collections, and African American family research. This workshop series is free to attend but registration is required, so that we can ensure there are enough materials available. Click here to register. Contact the LCHS office at lchs@lchs.org or 440-322-3341 with any questions.

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