Historian to discuss Valley theaters


Staff report

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Local historian and author Sean Posey will give a presentation on his book “Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley” at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

The lecture is part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime series. Admission is $5, and reservations are recommended. Call Richard S. Scarsella, chairman of the society, at 330-726-8277.

The presentation will include refreshments, a 50/50 raffle to benefit the society’s education mission and music by Dolores DePietro.

Posey, who resides in Youngstown, is a graduate of Hoover High School in North Canton. He is a graduate of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and also hads a master’s degree in history from Youngstown State University.

Posey is a reporter for The Business Journal of Youngstown. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, including The New Republic, Citylab, Salon and Moyers and Company, where he worked on campaign coverage for the 2016 presidential elections. He has been published frequently in the Metro Monthly.

Posey’s first book, “Lost Youngstown,” was published in 2016, while his current book was released in May. Both were published by History Press.

His books will be available to purchase at Saturday’s lecture.

The McGuffey society conducts programs, open to the public, as part of its effort to keep the McGuffey legacy alive. McGuffey began publishing the nationally known McGuffey Eclectic Readers in 1836.

Still in print today, they stress the importance of citizenship, conservation, character, values and literacy.

The 78-acre McGuffey homestead, located on McGuffey Road in Coitsville Township, is a National Historic Landmark.

Donated by the society to Mill Creek Metroparks in 1998, it is now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve.

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