"Everybody breathing dirt, eating dirt---they
call it "pay dirt," for Youngstown clean would be Youngstown out of work..."
--Frank Bohn, 1915
The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities. The museum's permanent exhibit, By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley, explores labor, immigration and urban history, using videos, artifacts, photographs, and reconstructed scenes.
Objects on display range from workers' tools and clothing to "last heats," the last batches of steel produced at each of the mills before they closed. Hundreds of photographs, some more than 30 feet long, are used throughout the museum. Videos examine topics such as housing, recreation, and urban history. Life-size scenes---including a mill's locker room, part of a company-built house, and a blooming mill, where steel ingots were shaped for further processing---help visitors understand steelmaking and the lives of steelworkers.
In addition to the permanent exhibit, the Center offers educational programs and a library and archives. Part of the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers, the Archives/Library serves as a repository for local government records, as well as manuscripts collected from workers, companies and labor organizations.
The Center of Industry and Labor is located at 151 West Wood Street in Youngstown, in Mahoning County. Wood Street is off of Market Street two blocks north of downtown.
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor
SITE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
This site offers educational programs for school groups. The Teacher's History Planner lists the wide range of subject-focused field trips offered at this site and other Ohio Historical Society sites. Each field trip includes a brief description and location as well as general dates of availability. View the following program offered at this site by clicking here.
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