Local History Resources

Adventures in Ancestry
A Research Guide to Special Collections and Public Records
Gore Orphanage
The Legend and the true history of the Gore Road Orphanage.
History of Lorain, Ohio - Chronology
Chronology of the history of Lorain, Ohio, 1879 to Present.
Jim Mahony, Mr. Lorain
Jim Mahony was born in 1918 and died in 1998. He was a lifelong resident of Lorain. He was also a journalist who experienced and reported on many aspects of the city's life from the 1920s to the late 1990s.

Lorain Historical Society

The Lorain Historical Society (formerly called the Black River Historical Society) offices are currently located in the Carnegie Center at  329 West 10th Street in Lorain.

Lorain Public Library - Guidelines for Answering Local History and Obituary Requests
Click here for details on how to request local history or obituary information from the Adult Services Department of the Lorain Public Library System (Main Library).
Lorain Steeltown 1937-1941
A History of an Ohio Steeltown from Recession to War.
Lorain Tornado of 1924
The deadliest tornado in Ohio history struck Sandusky and then Lorain on Saturday, June 28, 1924. Seventy-two people were killed in Lorain, then a city with a population of 37,000.
Lorain's Historic Lighthouse
Information about the history of the Lorain Lighthouse.
Lorain's International Festival
History, Past Queens and Princesses
Mayors of Lorain
A list of the men who have served as mayor of Lorain since 1874.
Michael Dirda - Sweet Lorain
Local author reminisces about growing up in Lorain
Severe Weather in Ohio
Shows 25 of Ohio's extreme weather events (chosen from more than 200 extreme weather events described in the book THUNDER IN THE HEARTLAND: A CHRONICLE OF OUTSTANDING WEATHER EVENTS IN OHIO by Dr. Thomas Schmidlin and Jeanne Appelhans Schmidlin).
Underground Railroad
The Lorain County Connection