Historian to share ‘Memories of a Lifetime’

Staff report


Steel historian Rick Rowlands will share “Memories of a Lifetime” at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at Kravitz’s Deli Meeting Room, 3135 Belmont Ave.

The program, sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served, and a goodwill offering will be accepted to benefit the society. A 50/50 raffle also will take place.

Reservations are suggested. Walk-ins are welcomed. Call Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277 for reservations or more information.

Rowlands is the founder of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum, Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation and the Tod Engine Project. He also started the Jeanette Blast Furnace Association and has been on the governing boards of the Brier Hill Cultural Center and the Youngstown Center of Industry and Labor Friends Association.

He has presented numerous programs, on the Mahoning Valley steel industry, both locally and statewide. His efforts have preserved valuable and irreplaceable steel artifacts, most notably the famous Tod Engine.

The program will present an overview of the once bustling industrial Steel Valley and his efforts to save the Jeanette Blast Furnace and other industrial artifacts from destruction.

Topics include highlights of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum exhibits, the legendary Tod Engine, the role of the Tod Family in local steel manufacturing and the iconic Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. logo.

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