Arms Family Museum Exhibits

Threads of the Past: Woven Portraits of Local Citizens
A collection on loan from artist William Walker. This exhibit will showcase Walker’s portraits and his subjects’ biographies. The exhibit will be on display through November 9, 2018.

William D. Walker learned the art of weaving as a student at Youngstown State University. After discovering a double-weave process that allowed him to capture portraits in woven form, Walker decided to feature local citizens as his subject matter. Using a multi-harness floor loom with a double-weave pickup, Walker weaves two layers of cloth while hand-manipulating threads through both layers to produce the woven image. His images are colored using fabric dyes, with variations depicting references to his subjects’ histories.

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.

Jeanne D. Tyler Costume Exhibit Gallery
From Homefront to Westernfront: Life During World War I
On April 6, 1917 the United States joined its allies – Britian, France and Russia – to fight in World War I. This exhibit features civilian and military clothing. The exhibit also features a vignette on Base Hospital 31, formed by the Youngstown Hospital Association in 1917.

Victorian Parlor
This exhibit features a collection of Historical Society artifacts set up as a traditional Victorian era parlor. It showcases furniture, lighting, accessories and fabrics.

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.