Lowrie-Beatty Museum
John & Alta Lowrie
Mary Helen Beatty

The John Lowrie & Mary Helen Beatty Museum is located on the upper floor of the Museum & Library Building. The museum was built in 1968. The cathedral style stained glass window on the west end of the building came from the 1882 Portage County Court House in Ravenna. There is a gift shop in the basement near the main entrance. In addition to the museum, there are several historical houses and building located on the Historical Society grounds (see links above).


Below is a list of items currently on display in the museum building. (Scroll down to bottom for list of outdoor and barn items)

Native American tools and flints

Glass and Pottery from Ravenna, Mantua and Atwater.

A. C. Williams Factory bench & tools used in casting iron and molds.

Riddle Hearse

Riddle Brougham Carriage

1882 Portage County Court House Items

Lady Justice from the top of the 1882 Court House

Military display of clothing, soldiers items

Furniture, musical instruments, household items, farm tools, saddles

Dolls & doll houses

Children's toys and clothing

Men's & Women's clothing, jewelry

Surgical Instruments from 18th & 19th century

Items on Temporary Display:

Marvin Kent One-Horse Sleigh
Tools Used for Manufacturing of Glass Objects
Postcards--Ravenna Memories1832-1940
Irons Used in the Home for Clothing and Hair

Recent Additions to Our Outdoor & Barn displays:
1900 wooden threshing machine
Hay rake
Case farm steam tractor
Farmers Friend Seeder made in Dayton Ohio
Conestoga wagon

Indian Village-wigwam, cooking area with fire pit, round house, bark house, weaving rack, etc.

Carved tree -12 to 14 foot high tree stump carved with woodland animals and topped with an eagle.
Other Sites
Other sites to view Portage County Historical Society items:
Ohio Memory Project Items

For more history on the area please visit the following sites:
National Register of Historic Places in Portage County
Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland
Kent Historical Society Kent, Ohio
Ohio Historical Society in Columbus