Celebrating the History of the Mahoning Valley Since 1875
Open With Care
Mahoning Valley Historical Society began discussions and extra cleaning practices of its facilities in late February 2020, as news of the outbreak began to be more revealed. Staff has been working from home, with only limited site visits to inspect our properties. In June, MVHS began preparing our plan to reopen with the health and safety of all people eventually entering our buildings. An internal task force has prepared and continues to adapt a protocol that details all the necessary steps to open our doors again to our community.
The MVHS Executive Board of Directors has approved a gradual approach, one we like to call “open with care.” The way we collect, preserve, and teach the history of the people of the Mahoning Valley must now be done with extra sensitivities and health precautions. Cleaning and sanitizing procedures to social distancing are renewed priorities.
Yet, with all these extra precautions, we remain committed to providing the best experiences for our members and patrons. Exhibits that only had limited viewing before our pandemic closure, will be extended. New online features have been implemented to keep bringing local history to life. Programming and events have and will continue to be presented in virtual ways. MVHS will also be undertaking an effort to preserve the stories of living through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Mahoning Valley for the historical appreciation of future generations.
Many of you have reached out to us throughout the closure process. MVHS thanks you for your concerns and continued interest in our mission and operations. There will be changes in our hours, admission fees, visiting procedures, and other functional aspects, in order to reopen safely. We ask for your patience and care for our guides, volunteers, and staff during this next phase. Please click here to review our full reopening details.
Preserving history is our pledge to you. A financial gift to MVHS is a worthwhile investment and truly appreciated.
Tyler History Center
Open Friday – Sunday · Noon – 4:00pm
Call 330-743-2589 to confirm availability for visit
Things may be a little different this year but MVHS is thrilled to offer the Mahoning Valley its History To Go Event Series 2020. This year’s events include:
- Upper Fifth Avenue Tour—July 25
- Amazing History Race: Mahoning Valley—August 22
- Founders Day: Good Humor Tour—September 10
- IMPORTANT UPDATE! The Oak Hill Cemetery tour will NOT be held in-person this year due to crowd restrictions at the cemetery. Instead, watch our special, online video presentation for the October “Bites and Bits of History: Strolling Through Oak Hill Cemetery” on October 22!