The Carnegie Center is located in Lorain's historic 1903 Carnegie Library and houses local history exhibits, a small archive for genealogists and researchers, the museum store, and the administrative offices of the Lorain Historical Society.


  • Construction of this building began in 1903 thanks to local donations and funds from industrialist Andrew Carnegie.
    Construction of this building began in 1903 thanks to local donations and funds from industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

The Lorain Historical Society acquired this building in 2013 with the financial support of community members. A century prior, residents of Lorain raised over $30,000 to fund the construction of this building as a community library with matching funds from the Andrew Carnegie Building Foundation. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided matching grants for communities throughout the nation at the turn of the century which spurred the construction of hundreds of libraries. 

Plan Your Visit to the Lorain Historical Society, Lorain Historical Society website, accessed 3/30/2018 http://www.lorainhistory.org/services/. .