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.