Friends of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor announces officers

Friends of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor, recently held its election of executive officers.  Elected by the board of directors were Suzyn Schwebel Epstein, president; Judge Robert P. Milich, vice president; Richard Rowlands, treasurer; and Dr. Donna DeBlasio, recording secretary.

“We are very pleased with the continuation of the high caliber of community leaders who have chosen to serve on the board and especially those who take on the added responsibility of serving as officers,” said Burt Logan, executive director of the Ohio Historical Society, the statewide nonprofit organization which oversees the Youngstown site. The YSU history department, which has handled daily operations at the site since 2010, also said it looks forward to collaborations with the Friends.

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown, as well as other Mahoning Valley communities. http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/places/ne09/index.shtml.  The building, designed by renowned architect   Michael Graves in 1986, houses the museum’s permanent exhibit, “By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley.”   It explores labor, immigration, and urban history:  using videos, photographs and reconstructed scenes.

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor’s operating days and hours are  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Housed on the second floor of the Center is the Archives/Library. ohiohistory.org/youngst/arch_lib.html. It serves as a repository for local government records, as well as manuscripts collected from workers in the steel industry, their companies and labor organizations.

The Archives/Library is part of the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers, http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/lgr/networkl.html and its weekday hours are from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The center is also open from noon to 4 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

The Friends group of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  It supports the operations of the institute by facilitating development of relationships to build private and public donations, and promoting community awareness of its programs, activities and exhibits. Interested community citizens are encouraged to become members of the Friends organization. Contact Nancy Haraburda, executive director, at 330-941-1314 regarding membership.

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor is located at 151 W. Wood St., Youngstown, Ohio, 44503-1034. The mailing address is: P.O. Box 6572, Youngstown, Ohio 44501-6572.

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