Museum begins gradual reopening to members of the public

The Southern Lorain County Historical Society is pleased to announce that, after over a year of COVID-19 precautions, the Spirit of ’76 Museum will be open to the public on Sundays from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., with additional hours being introduced in the coming months.

New to the museum is the long-awaited unveiling of two masonic murals painted by Archibald Willard, one of which the museum received a grant through the Ohio History Fund in 2019 to clean and frame the mural for display. Also, QR codes have been added to some of the displays so visitors with smartphones can view videos created by historical society board members Becky Norton and Scott Markel explaining the stories behind some of the museum’s most significant artifacts.

The year-long closure of the museum was largely due to the concern of keeping the museum’s artifacts safe and uncontaminated from potentially harmful chemicals that would have been necessary in following state health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum also wanted to ensure the continued health and safety of both visitors and museum staff and volunteers.

The Spirit of ’76 Museum remains closed during the week for the time being, but arrangements for weekday visits and tours can be made by calling the museum at 440-647-4367.

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