Col. Matt Nahorn

Col. Matthew W. Nahorn is a lifelong resident of Amherst, Ohio.  He is an involved local historian and active in environmental issues (watershed awareness). 

Col. Nahorn (front, center), several years ago during a speaking engagement, stands with Museum associates (left to right): Mr. George Demouth (President, Sandusky Bay Chapter-Archaeological Society of Ohio), Col. Ron Sauer (Historian), and Judge W. Zack Dolyk (of Vermilion).

Col. Nahorn and his family moved into the historic 1811 Shupe Homestead in 1992.  After researching the property and house, he was able to learn about the early Amherst, Ohio area.  This led him to start the New Indian Ridge Museum in 2000, a private, personal endeavor.  Col. Nahorn has also become increasingly interested in local environmental issues.  With his background in environmental studies, he continuously advocates for low impact development.  He also manages the Nahorn Family’s private wildlife preserve and Nahorn Arboretum.

Col. Nahorn and Mr. Shaulis at Lake Ridge Academy (2008).

Col. Nahorn graduated from Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville, Ohio.  Before graduating, he worked with then-head of Upper School, Mr. Michael Shaulis, to found the Lake Ridge Academy Archives, as a repository to preserve historical materials and educate others on the school’s rich history.  There, he served as volunteer archivist. 

In November 2011 Col. Nahorn was named a Curator of the Amherst Historical Society, and he continues to serve on the Society’s curator committee.  He has also served on the Society’s Board of Directors.  As stated on their website, “The Amherst Historical Society, a nonprofit 50lc(3) organization, was founded in April of 1973 and currently boasts about 350 members. The Society became accredited in 1990 by the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums (OAHSM). Only about 15% of Ohio museums and historical societies have achieved such accreditation.”  The Quigley Museum and Historical Society grounds (with several buildings that comprise the “Sandstone Village” area) are located at the intersection of N. Lake Street and Milan Avenue in Amherst.  Col. Nahorn has served as a Trustee of the Brownhelm Historical Association and a Trustee of the Sandusky Bay Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio. He serves on the board of the Lorain County Historical Society.

Col. Matthew W. Nahorn graduated from Oberlin College with a B. A. degree in Environmental Studies (with classes taken in history and archaeology), having a particular focus on watersheds: specifically how land-use affects water quality and stream bank integrity.  He continues to actively maintain his family property (the Historic Shupe Homestead), while acting as a lifelong student of our local environment and history.  He currently serves as a citizen representative on the Black River Area of Concern. 

On October 3, 2007, 50 years after Col. Vietzen acquired the status, I officially became a Kentucky Colonel.  At the September Meeting of the Archaeological Society-Sandusky Bay Chapter, a colleague and contributor to the Museum, Col. Ron Sauer, presented me with this status, after having petitioned the governor of Kentucky to present me with this honor.  Col. Sauer said that because I was preserving Col. Vietzen’s history, I should be a Kentucky Colonel as well.  This is the highest award bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky.  Col. Vietzen acquired that status in 1957 as a result of the archaeological work he conducted in Kentucky and the subsequent book that he published on these studies. 

Col. Nahorn upon graduating from Lake Ridge Academy.
Col. Nahorn upon graduating from Lake Ridge Academy.

In 2008, Col. Nahorn worked closely with the Nahorn family and Western Reserve Land Conservancy in order to permanently protect the natural resources of the 1811 Historic Shupe Homestead and Beaver Creek mainstem that flows through the family property.  At this time, the Wildlife Preserve and Nahorn Arboretum were formally established on the Historic Shupe Property.  A Land Conservation Easement was placed on the land, permanently conserving its important natural resources, in perpetuity.  Nahorn continues to maintain the 1811 Historic Shupe Homestead and Nahorn Arboretum.

Col. Nahorn has served as a naturalist and tour guide at West River Paddle Sports in Vermilion, located directly under the water tower, along the scenic Vermilion River.  

Col. Nahorn stands beside the oldest tree on the Shupe Homestead property. This white oak (Quercus alba) is estimated to be between 250-300 years old.
Col. Nahorn with his Oberlin College diploma.
Col. Nahorn with his Oberlin College diploma.
Col. Nahorn stands at the entrance to Glover’s Cave (KY.) during explorations to document the Cave, through photography.

Following is a document outlining program / speaking offerings by Col. Nahorn & the Museum: Program Offerings

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