The Lake County Historical Society (LCHS) is seeking financial donations to maintain operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like many other businesses and nonprofits, LCHS has not been immune to the financial problems caused by the pandemic. On March 16, all historic sites and the Lighthouse B&B managed by LCHS were closed, eliminating the majority of income.

“We are doing the best we can to limit expenditures, and at the same time keep our mission moving forward. Our predecessors have endured many challenges throughout our 95 year existence, and we as stewards of these historic landmarks are committed to guiding the society through this current challenge,” said LCHS board president Samuel J. Gangi. “Financially we run a very lean organization, but with the timing of the closure, we have lost revenue during our most vulnerable time of year, it was about the worst time possible to shut down operations.”

To kickoff the fundraising effort, LCHS is hosting a Facebook Live Concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, with North Shore musician John Cron.

The historical society is also asking the public to share their pandemic experiences with them. Write a letter, keep a journal, take a picture or create artwork about how you and your family are dealing with the pandemic. Items will be collected and preserved for future generations to know how this historic event was handled.