Permanent exhibit on Mahoning Valley history unveiled Nov. 4

Staff report


The first permanent installation in the Tyler History Center will open Nov. 4 with a free open house from noon to 4 p.m.

Titled “The People of the Mahoning Valley: Stories of Identity and Innovation,” the exhibit will trace the history and development of the Valley from the early American Indians and pioneers, to the formation of townships and cities, to the rise and fall of the iron and steel industries, all through the stories of the people that lived here.

The exhibit has been in the planning stages since the Tyler opened in 2014.

It will teach visitors about the companies that flourished here, the culture of philanthropy, the birth of arts and sports and the locations that the people grew to love.

The exhibit will include original artifacts, photographs, maps and manuscripts, as well as audio, video and interactive stations.

The exhibit will be in the Drs. Thomas and Maria Fok Gallery at the Tyler, which is located at 325 W. Federal St., downtown. It was funded by a $500,000 gift from Dr. Maria Fok.

In planning the exhibit’s design and theme, it was important to keep the space adaptable.

“While the walls and exhibit furniture will be a permanent fixture in the gallery, the exhibit sections can be changed out to showcase the many different items and stories that are housed in the society’s three dimensional and archival collections,” said Jessica Trickett, manager of collections for the MVHS.

While the exhibit will include stories of some famous names such as the Warner Brothers and Gov. David Tod, many of the inspirational stories will come from people such as Oscar Boggess, a Civil War soldier and black tradesman, or Lucy Buechner, who sought to empower girls and women during World War II.

Admission to the Tyler for the exhibit will be half-price at $2 for adults, $1.50 for senior citizens 65 and older and college students, and $1 for children, through Nov. 17.

On Nov. 18, admission rates will increase to $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students and $5 for children. That date coincides with the opening of the “Memories of Christmas Past” exhibit at MVHS’s Arms Family Museum. Admission includes a same day visit to all MVHS sites.

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