Harry Meshel to recall a lifetime of memories

Staff report


Harry Meshel, retired Ohio senator from the Mahoning Valley, will talk about his memories for a new community engagement program series titled “Memories With.” It is sponsored by The William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. July 19 at Kravitz Deli meeting room, 3135 Belmont Ave. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. A goodwill offering will be accepted and a 50-50 raffle will benefit the society’s education mission. Society memberships will be sold at the door.

Meshel will remember, in an informal manner, growing up on Youngstown’s East Side, the Depression, his years in the United States Merchant Marine, and a lifetime in Mahoning Valley and Ohio politics. A question and answer period will follow his presentation.

A charter member of the WHMHS, which was founded in 1961, Meshel is an alumnus of the original McGuffey Elementary School of Youngstown, which was at the corner of Madison Avenue and Albert Street.

He is a recipient of the society’s Pioneer Award, which honors individuals for contributions to the community. Before the program, Coitsville Township will present Meshel with a proclamation for his legacy of public engagement and his support of the WHMHS. The McGuffey Wildlife Preserve, which was purchased by the society and donated to Mill Creek MetroParks, is located in the township.

Well known for his colorful stories, sharp wit and keen memory, Meshel is credited for his civic, cultural, and educational contributions to the Youngstown area. Meshel has met generations of political leaders, including President Kennedy and President Johnson, and will share anecdotes from his political career about these and other notable personages. He is a Youngstown State University Board of Trustees member and resides in Youngstown.

For information, contact Richard S. Scarsella, WHMHS president, at 330-726-8277, or Shirley Eckley, event chairwoman, at 330-568-7389.

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