Nearly 250 students from Youngstown city elementary schools visited the Arms Family Museum of Local History last month through a grant from the Thomases Family Endowment administered by the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.
The grant was written by Mahoning Valley Historical Society staff and offered to all Youngstown City Schools third- graders. The cost of admission, busing and other fees is covered by the grant.
While at the Arms Family Museum, students participate in a tour of Greystone, the 1905 Arts and Crafts Style home of Olive and Wilford Arms. The tour features scavenger hunts on the main levels and activities in the Anne Kilcawley Christman Hands-On-History Room.
Students also participate in a program titled “An Old Fashioned School Day” where they travel back in time to experience a day at school during the 19th century. Students use slates, McGuffey Readers and other materials to immerse themselves in the past. Many schools use third grade as a way to gauge reading comprehension skills which students are using on the tour and during the program.