Col. Matt Nahorn

Col. Matthew W. Nahorn is a lifelong resident of Amherst, Ohio.  He is an involved local historian and active environmental issues consultant. 

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 (Museum contributor), Judge W. Zack Dolyk (Museum contributor).

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 found the New Indian Ridge Museum in 2000.  Col. Nahorn has also become increasingly interested in local environmental issues.  He has also founded the Beaver Creek Watershed Group, a local citizens’ informational organization with the goal of educating landowners on best management practices for their land.  This citizens’ group advocates low impact development and works with willing local developers and property owners on their construction projects located within the Beaver Creek Watershed and surrounding locales.  He also manages a local wildlife preserve and the Nahorn Arboretum.  Nahorn currently serves as director of the New Indian Ridge Museum, Beaver Creek Watershed Coordinator, and is a local environmental issues speaker and consultant.

Col. Nahorn and Mr. Shaulis at Lake Ridge Academy.

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.  Col. Nahorn currently serves as Archivist at Lake Ridge.

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 continues to serve as a Trustee of the Sandusky Bay Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio and 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 New Indian Ridge Museum, 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 and on the LoCo ‘Yaks (Lorain County Kayak & Paddle Sports Group) board. 

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 his archaeological work conducted in Kentucky and the subsequent book that he published on this work.  He was also named an honorary citizen of Tennessee.  About 1940 he was adopted by the Sioux and Navajo American Indians.

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.  He 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.  We invite you to visit West River Paddle Sports to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty and unique history of the Vermilion River and its environs, by renting a kayak, canoe, or paddle board: “Being the captain of your own watercraft is the best way to take in the scenic beauty of Vermilion’s Water Trail” – and it is an even more informative adventure with Matt as your tour guide!

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 one of the Museum’s explorations to study, preserve, and document the evidence of the Cave’s prehistoric inhabitants, through photography.

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