LHS Archives Center

The Lakeside Heritage Society maintains an Archives Center at 324 West Third Street in a cottage to the west of the Heritage Hall Museum.  The Archives contains print documents and photographs about Lakeside, the Danbury-Marblehead Peninsula and the American Chautauqua Movement from 1870 to the present and is open to the public for personal and academic study.



Hours are:

  • February to Memorial Day: By appointment only
  • Memorial Day to Labor Day:                                                                                 Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,                                                         Saturday, 10: a.m to 12:00 p.m.
  • September to November: By appointment only

For an appointment, please call 419-798-5519 or email the Manager of Operations at


Proposed New Archives Center


In 1990 the LHS purchased the corner one-and-a-half story cottage located directly behind the Museum at 324 West Third Street. This cottage has served as the Archives Center for 25 years allowing access to materials for personal use and academic research. Today, however, the Archives Center is out of storage space and the building has a number of significant environmental issues requiring either major renovation or an entire replacement. After looking at alternatives, a new Archives Center is being proposed at the present location.


Architect Rendering New Archives Center

Proposed New Archives Center


A capital campaign of $750,000 is ongoing to build an environmentally safe, fire-resistant building to house the priceless documents and historic memorabilia for which we are privileged to care. It will also provide state-of-the-art research space for the entire Peninsula. Originally planned for a September 2015 groundbreaking, current plans are to break ground when we are nearer to realizing our campaign goal.


There are several ways you may support this building fund: matching gifts, in-kind gifts, challenge grants, appreciated stock, and a monetary donation which you may also direct to a specific portion of the construction.  Please feel free to contact the Lakeside Heritage Society directly to discuss other ways you may help to support this important project.



Make a Gift:


Online via PayPal:


When you click the “Donate” button, you will leave the Lakeside Heritage Society website and be redirected to the PayPal website. After completing the PayPal information, you will not be returned to the Lakeside Heritage Society website. Therefore, we would like to say “Thank You” in advance for making an online donation.


By Phone: Call 419-798-5519 and ask for the Manager of Operations


By Mail: Mail your check to the Lakeside Heritage Society, 324 West Third Street, Lakeside, Ohio, 43440. Checks should be made payable to the Lakeside Heritage Society, Inc. and specify BUILDING FUND.