Lorain, Ohio is known as The International City with over 55 different nationalities that call the city home. Of the 63,855 people who live in Lorain, 28.5% are Hispanic or Latino.1 The Lorain Historical Society is working to better represent the history of overlooked communities in Lorain, starting with the Latino and Hispanic communities. The Latino Lorain History Project began with El Centro, Oberlin College, Lorain Historical Society, and members of the community working together to preserve and highlight the history of Latino community here in Lorain. As we continue to increase our engagement with the community, we will continue hosting events and working on projects that celebrate this community and its history. If you’d like to become involved with the project, or you have information that would help the Latino Lorain History Project, please email email@example.com. You can attend committee meetings, assist with project planning, give an oral history, or donate photographs.
The Latino Lorain History Project is a public history partnership of El Centro, the Lorain Historical Society, and Oberlin College with the overarching goal of gathering and preserving the history of the Latino community in Lorain through collecting oral histories, archival materials, and artifacts. The project engages members of the Latino community including Latino leaders, representatives from various organizations, as well as individual citizens to create a true community collaboration that will foster a sense of pride in their identity as Latinos and serve as an inspiration for young Latinos in the community.