Richard Cook: Rail Images of a Past Era

April 10 - November 7, 2021

Organized from the personal collection of negatives given to the Allen County Museum by Nola Austin Cook in 1994, this exhibition draws attention to Richard Cook's significant and unseen collection of photographs. Known within the rail industry and by train enthusiasts, Cook was a self-trained photographer who used his innate handling of the photographic process, his acute sense of aesthetics, and his vast knowledge of rail history to inform his photographs.  This collection captures the essence of the historic era of the railroad industry while highlighting Cook’s passion for the giant machines regularly heard in the background of daily life – on the railroads, in the rail yards, and at the locomotive factories and train stations in Ohio, the Midwest, and other cities throughout the country. 

Click the photo below to start the exhibition.

Allen County Museum gratefully acknowledges the following companies and foundation that made this exhibition possible:

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Campaigning for Votes:
Woman Suffrage in Allen County

During the Woman Suffrage Movement, Allen County suffragists campaigned door to door armed with literature; organized mass meetings featuring talks, music, and debates; marched in parades; and spoke at gatherings throughout Allen County and neighboring counties. Learn about local suffragists, influential visiting speakers, and Allen county's journey to woman suffrage through this interactive online exhibit.


Tuesday - Friday 

  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

   We encourage those at risk to start

    the afternoon with us at 1:00 p.m.



  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

   We encourage those at risk to start

    the afternoon with us at 1:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays, Mondays And Major Holidays

   The Children's Discovery Center is not currently open       but does have Take It and Make It crafts available.

The MacDonell House Opens on April 6, 2021

Hours are the same as the museum, tour tickets can be

purchased at the Museum giftshop (members are free).

  The Library is open by appointment only.   


 620 West Market Street 

Lima, OH  45801

(419) 222-9426


Museum:   Suggested Donation  $5

MacDonell House:   $3 charge

for non-members 9 & over




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