Arms Family Museum Exhibits

Tod Family Treasures: 19th Century Heirlooms

This new exhibit explores the Tod family legacy through their decorative arts. Family portraits, china, silver, and more will give insight into the daily lives of the Tods living in Youngstown during the 19th Century. Some pieces were gifted to David Tod during his service as U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, while others were purchased by the family. 

A Tod bedroom suite recently traveled from Minnesota to make its way back to the Mahoning Valley. The Tods purchased the suite – an ornately carved walnut bed and marble-topped dressing table – from A. S. Herenden Co., a Cleveland furniture maker, sometime in the 1870s-1880s. After being used by the Tods, the suite was given to Anna Morgan King, a local friend of the family. Mrs. King passed the suite down to her niece, Anna May Morgan Curry, who subsequently passed it to her grandson, Charles P. Curry, in the late 1970s. 

The Art of Your Pet: Portraits by Bill Dotson

Youngstown-born artist Bill Dotson has a decades-long career drawing stunningly-realistic portraits in ink. Well-known for his likenesses of sports figures and celebrities, Dotson’s most recent work features the art of people’s pets. Dotson’s pet portraits began when he started to recognize each pet’s unique persona and how he could translate that through ink to canvas. Dotson created pet portraits for casino clientele while living in Las Vegas, and continued upon returning to the Mahoning Valley with pet memorial portraits.

Jeanne D. Tyler Costume Exhibit Gallery

Enchanted Evening: Formal Wear from the Jeanne D. Tyler Collection

The formal styles in the exhibit follow the trends of the period while reflecting the personal styles of the individuals who wore them. Mrs. Tyler has long been a generous supporter of civic, healthcare and educational institutions in the Valley. She has greatly enhanced the Historical Society’s collection of historical artifacts, especially costumes, having donated hundreds of pieces of clothing and accessories spanning the generations of her and her late husband’s families. This exhibit features examples of custom-made evening and formal wear worn by Jeanne Tyler and her family throughout the 20th Century.

Anne Kilcawley Christman Decorative Arts Gallery
Mid Century Modern in the Mahoning Valley
This exhibit explores the design period from the late 1940’s through the 1960’s when designers embraced technological advancements and natural forms using bold colors and streamlined edges. The exhibit highlights the 1948 Youngstown Kitchens set, pieces from the Plakie Toy company and more.

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 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.