Saturday, January 31, 2009

My Heritage Junior Girl Scout Badge Workshop

Youngstown Historical Center
My Heritage Junior Girl Scout Badge Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Time: 1:00PM – 4:30PM
Where: Youngstown Historical Center
151 W. Wood Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Cost: $15.00 per person
Info Contact: Nancy Haraburda

· Take a trip in the “Way Back” Machine ! Explore the museum – a company house, stone stack blast furnace, locker room, coal mine; visit Kilroy and experience the 1940’s

· Create a family journal – discover the origin of last names; record your personal heritage; chart your family tree, and more!

· Fun and games BT (before television) - some music, movies and more

· Earn your badge while making new friends and discovering history hands –on!

Register now. Space is limited. Please include a list of all girls and adults attending. Thank you.
Mail to: Youngstown Historical Center P.O. Box 533 Youngstown, OH 44501-0533

"Climbing My Family Tree" Workshop in February

The Youngstown Historical Center will hold Climbing My Family Tree, an adult/child workshop, on Saturday February 14, 2009 at 151 West Wood Street, Youngstown, Ohio between 1:00P.M. –3:00P.M.
This family heritage program begins the process of climbing your family tree. We encourage all participants to bring family photos and other related items for inclusion in your complimentary family album/workbook. Adult/child teams learn basic genealogy, discover research methods/sources and ways to “ find ” missing ancestors! The cost is $12.00 for one adult/child team who are OHS members and $15.00 for all other adult/child teams. Additional children per team are $5.00 for OHS members and $7.00 for non-members. Please call 330-743-5943 for further information and registration.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

February Friends Meeting Scheduled

The next meeting of the Friends of the Steel Museum will be held on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 5 PM at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor at 151 West Wood Street in Youngstown. The general public is invited.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some of the "Hidden Gems" of the YHCIL

Visitors to the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor can see a wide variety of exhibits featuring hundreds of historic artifacts, but not many are privy to the collection of artifacts that are stored in the museum's gigantic storage room in the basement. Just like the government warehouse of crates in the Indiana Jones movies, the YHCIL's basement holds countless local history treasures just waiting to be discovered.

Here are a couple of examples:

This is a picture taken from inside a very large engineering model of a continuous caster. The model is over 30' long and is very detailed. Before computer modeling did away with them, model builders would construct a new plant to scale before it was actually built. This was done to verify that the buildings and equipment would fit where they were wanted without interference. With dozens of engineers and multiple suppliers working on a single large project, it would be very easy to make a costly construction mistake if two pieces of equipment were planned to occupy the same space. These models allowed engineers to see how their design would look before turning the first shovelful of dirt. However with 3D computer modeling these plastic engineering models are now obsolete, making this huge model a rare addition to the collection.

Here is another model, this time of a four high strip mill stand. United stands for United Engineering and Foundry Co., a steel industry equipment builder who operated a large plant next to the Market Street bridge in downtown Youngstown. Many mills such as the one this model represents were designed, cast, machined and assembled inside of United's buildings that still stand next to the bridge.
We are just scratching the surface. We will investigate more of the YHCIL's "Hidden Gems" in future posts in this Blog.

The OHS Local Partnership Program

At the December 15, 2008 meeting of the Friends of the Steel Museum, George Kane from the OHS main office in Columbus discussed the local partnering program with the meeting attendees.

Basically once a local partnership agreement is executed with a local organization, day to day operation of the histoic site is turned over to the partner. Issues such as staffing, hours of operation, programs, exhibits etc. would then become the responsibility of the local partner.

The OHS would still retain ownership of the site, archival materials and collections, and provide curatorial support for the collections at the site. Any capital improvements at the site would be the responsibility of OHS while all funding for the day to day operation of the site would have to come from the local partner.

Of course each partnering agreement would be custom made to fit each situation.

George Kane wanted to add the following response:

I was pleased to be able to attend the Friends meeting on December 15 and meet so many enthusiastic supporters of the Museum. OHS really appreciates your interest and willingness to make the Museum of even greater importance to Youngstown and the state.

I want clear up one misconception that apparently I left with the group. In establishing these local partnership agreements, we recognize that local communities will continue to need operating support from the Society, so it will not be the responsibility of the local partner to find all the funds needed for local operation of the site. The amount that OHS would need to provide each year to the partner would be determined while developing the partnership agreement.

George Kane
Director, Historic Sites and Facilities
Ohio Historical Society

Welcome Friends of the Steel Museum

The Friends of the Steel Museum was created to support the operation of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor in Youngstown, Ohio. Known locally as the "Steel Museum", the YHCIL is a world class historical and educational facility housing numerous artifacts and materials from the area's days as one the nation's premier industrial areas.

The museum opened in 1992 as a site of the Ohio Historical Society. Due to ongoing State funding cutbacks OHS has implemented a program of turning over the day to day operation of all but three of its 58 historic sites to local organizations through "local partnership agreements". Currently 29 of the 58 sites are managed by local partners. The Steel Museum is also on the list of sites that is to be turned over to a local partner, and the Friends was created specifically with the goal of assuming operation of the site in mind.

The Friends of the Steel Museum meets the second Monday of every month at 5:00 PM at the museum. Membership dues are currently $5.00 per year and open to anyone with an interest in Youngstown's industrial history.

This blog will chronicle the efforts of the Friends in our efforts to not only keep the Steel Museum open, but to help it thrive into the future.