Mahoning Valley Historical Society (MVHS) is hosting its 146thFounders Day Open House on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at the Tyler History Center in downtown Youngstown. Free admission will allow guests to a Local History Fair, receive packets of family-friendly activities, and join walking tours that focus on significant downtown landmarks and sites.
In addition to free viewing of all current exhibits, MVHS is very excited to introduce its latest collection acquisition to the general public. On display in the main lobby is the only known surviving automobile made by the Mahoning Motor Car Company of Youngstown in 1905. This vehicle was owned by Warren P. Williamson Sr., who was an executive and shareholder in Mahoning Motor Car Company and two other local transportation manufacturing, sales, and service firms. Visitors to the Founders Day Open House will be some of the first guests to see this unique vehicle.
Many local historical organizations will be on hand in the Tyler’s second floor Thomas Ballroom for a Local History Fair. Visitors will be able to speak with representatives of these organizations and learn about each group’s offerings. Activities for children and families will also be available to take home. MVHS Archivists will also be on hand in the Archives Resource Center to answer questions about MVHS Collections and archival services.
Due to health and safety precautions, and abiding with current MVHS protocols, masks are required by staff and visitors at all times while inside Tyler History Center. MVHS also continues to encourage social distancing within its facilities.
In addition, MVHS’ 2021 History-To-Go event series continues with its “Founders Day Milestones Walking Tour.” It will celebrate the 175th anniversary of Mahoning County, the 146th anniversary of the founding of Mahoning Valley Historical Society, and the 100th anniversary of “the Home of Good Humor” at the building that now houses Tyler History Center. Various landmarks and sites will be featured to tell the stories around these significant historical milestones. Tour start times are every half hour from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Attendees should wear comfortable footwear and expect each tour to last approximately 1-1 ½ hours.
Admission to Tyler History Center will be free on Open House Sunday. Free Open House parking will be available in the adjacent lot on the west side of the building, near the Spring Common bridge.
The other MVHS facility, Arms Family Museum on Wick Avenue, will be closed that day due to the activities at the downtown Tyler location.