The Lakewood Historical Society

Looking for something to do with the whole family this Thanksgiving? Check out our new Thanksgiving activity on our History at Home page. Explore family traditions, make delicious recipes, and learn about the establishment of a national day of Thanksgiving.

Women's Board Holiday Wreath Sale Has Ended

Thank you to our Women's Board volunteers for this year's hugely successful Holiday Wreath Sale. Thank also to all those that purchased a wreath this year.

If you have not picked up your wreath please email museum@lakewoodhistory.org to set up a time to pick it up.

Note from the President

By Jim Robinson, Board of Trustees President

Hello! It’s been an unusual year in many ways, but how important to keep our sights set on the wonderful things that have happened! The Society has had some marvelous developments, not the least of which is our ongoing Trustees membership drive. Although the year has left us very sadly without the enjoyment of the Sale on the Grounds and the House Tour—and missing revenues from both of those events on which we very much rely—we’re looking forward to a balanced budget (albeit just barely!) from new membership income. The Trustees are working on a goal of recruiting 10 members each—translatable to $250 x 25 at the Regular Membership level. To date that has increased our income by more than $3,000. And with 56 new memberships from the Trustees, so far, and ten more from this year’s Century Home mailings, we’re now at a total membership of 245. That’s with only 25% of the board efforts in so far! Our Historic Lakewood plaque sales have gone up dramatically as well, thanks to the work of our dedicated Century Home team. Be sure to keep the plaques in mind as wonderful holiday gifts. And don’t forget something beautiful for every door you know, from our Women’s Board’s Holiday Wreath Sale!

On our road to $250,000

A "Home of Our Own" Capital Campaign Reaching for the Finish Line!

The Haber Family Center for History opened as the society headquarters just a year ago. In that time we have served researchers, family historians, and curious community passerbys. Our collection is settling in to its new secure, dry, and flexible space with more complete cataloging and effective reboxing with the help of a number of volunteers and interns.

Things are going great but we are not done securing this space for the future. We still need your help to cross the finish line on our capital campaign to ensure that the Haber Center will continue to care for Lakewood's history for generations to come.

Support the campaign today by clicking the link below:

Interested in naming rights or would like to send in a check? Download the brochure here: (Naming rights for the Archival Storage Room and half the Public Use Library are still available, all others have now been fulfilled.)

The Lakewood Historical Society offices are reopening with limited, staggered staffing on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The first priority of the Society is the health and safety of our volunteers and patrons. Moving forward we will be keeping up to date on the regional response to COVID-19 and will assess future sales and events held by the Society. Donation drop-offs are currently suspended. (Special arrangements can be made in outstanding circumstances. Please call, (216) 221-7343.)

The Oldest Stone House is closed for the season to regular tours, but tours are available by appointment. Online tours of our virtual OSH are also available.

We realize that many of our patrons may still be looking for that special something from the Sale on the Grounds and our volunteers will be continuing to select items to be added to our eBay store. You can find these items at https://www.ebay.com/usr/jamesandbetsy. We are also working to safely conduct sales this year and will begin with a Fall Sale at the Haber Family Center for History on October 16 & 17, 2020 from 9am to 3pm each day.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we all navigate this ever changing health landscape.

The Lakewood Historical Society thanks you for your support during these difficult times. This year we have found that our fundraising events, that are built on bringing together our community and sharing our friendship and love of history (and very reasonably priced housewares,) do not translate very well to this new socially distant world. With the cancellation of Spring sales and the postponement of our biennial House Tour to next year we find ourselves in an ever thinning financial situation.

That is why we are so thankful to our generous supporters like you. If you are able, we hope you will consider making a donation to the society.

Thank you,

The Lakewood Historical Society

Stuck at home? Us too.

Check out our "History at Home" page. We have activities and tidbits for all of our history lovers that are "staying home," particularly our students as well as he whole family.

Featured Pages

Lakewood Historical Society celebrates our 100 year and older housing stock with this program.

We missed having our Ohio Heritage Summer Camp this year, here you will find some DYI at home instructions for some of our favorite camp activities.

Visit our new online marketplace for all those can't miss Lakewood items.

Thank you to the Ohio CARES Act from the Ohio Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts for your support.


The Lakewood Historical Society received an Ohio History Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grant from the Ohio History Connection. This temporary grant program helps history organizations address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. ohiohistory.org/covidgrant