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Ohio Historical Society to Conduct Public Meeting Dec. 14 Regarding Future Management of The Youngstown Historical Center

photo of Youngstown Factory smokestacks, MSS0140-1-16 "Everybody breathing dirt, eating dirt---they call it 'pay dirt,' for Youngstown clean would be Youngstown out of work..."

--Frank Bohn, 1915

Archives/Library at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, located at 151 W. Wood Street in downtown Youngstown, announces its summer hours. Effective May 15 - August 15, 2012, the Archives/Library will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon - 4:00 PM and the first and third Saturdays of the month, noon - 4:00 PM. Evening hours will resume fall semester, August 16, 2012. Museum hours remain Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10: AM - 4:00 PM and Saturday, noon - 4:00 PM.

Please refer to the Youngstown Historical Center Archives Library hours section for updated information.

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities. The building, designed by renowned architect Michael Graves in 1986, houses the museum's permanent exhibit, By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley, explores labor, immigration and urban history, using videos, artifacts, photographs, and reconstructed scenes.

Objects on display range from workers' tools and clothing to "last heats," the last batches of steel produced at each of the mills before they closed. Hundreds of photographs, some more than 30 feet long, are used throughout the museum. Videos examine topics such as housing, recreation, and urban history. Life-size scenes---including a mill's locker room, part of a company-built house, and a blooming mill, where steel ingots were shaped for further processing---help visitors understand steelmaking and the lives of steelworkers.

In addition, the Center offers educational programs, Ohio History Store giftshop and a library/archives. Part of the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers, the Archives/Library serves as a repository for local government records, as well as manuscripts collected from workers, companies and labor organizations.


Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open Holidays
(Memorial Day and Christmas Eve from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Holidays
(July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day)

Group Tours

Groups by appointment. Specialized programs for school groups available. Two weeks notice, please.

Archives/Library Hours:

Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday - Friday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
First and Third Saturday of the month 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Second and Fourth Saturday of the month CLOSED
Sundays CLOSED
Closed Holidays
(Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.)

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Museum Admission

OHS Members FREE
Adults $7.00
Children 6-12 $3.00
Children 5 & under FREE
School Groups $3.00 per student

AAA and senior discounts given. Military discounts are available to all active military and their dependents.

Archives/Library Admission:


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The Youngstown Historical Center is located at 151 W. Wood Street in Youngstown, Mahoning County. Wood Street is located between Wick Avenue and Fifth Avenue. It is one block North of downtown and two blocks South of Youngstown State University.

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General Information

Mailing Address:
History Department - YSU,
Attn: YHCIL,
One University Plaza,
Youngstown, OH 44555

1-800-262-6137 (toll free)

Site Manager:
N. Haraburda

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Handicapped Accessibility
Ohio Historical Society strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.
Site is completely handicapped accessible.

Thank you for your interest in the Ohio Historical Society!

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