Exhibits

The Story of My House: Arts & Crafts Design at Greystone
This exhibit explores Greystone’s design, from conception to realization.  With sketches drawn by Olive Arms, photographs of original room designs, and never before seen furniture and decorative objects, the exhibit demonstrates the Arts and Crafts influences in the Arms family home.

The Valley Experience
The Mahoning River flows through the rolling land that lies between the southern shores of Lake Erie and the banks of the Ohio River.  The land is fertile, well-watered, and rich in resources.  People have been attracted to the valley for thousands of years.  As you move through the centuries of “The Valley Experience” you will see how people along this river have lived, produced and consumed, worked and whiled away their time, fought and gotten along, and passed into memory. Experience with them now their daily lives, their work, their successes and failures, as you move among what they have left to us.

A Tale of Three Sisters
This exhibit features clothing worn by three of the Arms girls: Katherine (born in 1858), Carolyn (born in 1860), and Olive (born in 1865).  hese hand-sewn, one-of-a-kind costumes were made by skilled dressmakers from the 1880’s-1920’s.  Some were created at the center of haute couture fashion in Paris, France. Others were made by dress shops in New York City and Cleveland, and some were made by seamstresses in Youngstown.

The Benjamin Franklin Wirt Collection
B.F. Wirt was a Youngstown lawyer and businessman, and served as an Ohio state senator for four years beginning in 1889.  An avid traveler, Wirt amassed a unique collection of rare ancient artifacts, artwork, Asian decorative arts, as well as books, autographs and manuscripts. He intended to develop a museum for his collection, however that never came to fruition and the collection is now under the care of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.  Visitors will see a variety of items including famous autographs, artifacts from the War of 1812, a Persian (Iranian) perfume bottle, Chinese embroidery and a Native American basket.

The Anne Kilcawley Christman Hands-On History Room
Located in the lower level of the Arms Family Museum of Local History, in the space occupied by the log cabin, this room will allow visitors of all ages and learning styles the opportunity to interact on a more personal level with the history of the Mahoning Valley.

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