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In addition to the learning tools MVHS provides at our facilities, schools, and other places of formal learning, students and families can learn about local history right in their own homes.

Did You Know? Home Projects are downloadable files that offer a variety of topics about people, places, and events. To make learning our history a memorable experience, each project gives one or more activities to combine common household items with your children’s creativity.

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Traci Manning, MVHS Curator of EducationIn an effort to keep history alive outside of classroom and museum walls, we would like to offer the following options for educational resources. These lessons focus on local history and feature a themed activity to continue the learning. We hope to add to this list, so be sure to check back often. Also, please feel free to contact us with any requests or suggestions for additional lessons. We will do our best to keep the history coming!

Traci Manning
MVHS Curator of Education

Did you know? Home Project Olive Arms

Greystone House

Olive Arms was a local woman who studied art. She designed her home – Greystone – and most of its Arts and Crafts features. Join in Olive’s passion for design and create your ideal home!

Did You Know Home Project William Holmes McGuffey

Schoolhouse Crafts

Youngstown’s first schoolhouse was a log building, which stood on the southwest quarter of the public square in 1805. In the few decades after, William Holmes McGuffey realized that students needed a more standard reading curriculum. He published his first four Readers in 1836. Travel back in time and create your own historic journal and greased paper windows!

Did You Know Home Project Clothespin Car

Clothespin Car

The Mahoning Valley has a long history of automotive innovations! Cars, trucks, and vans have been important businesses in our area for more than 100 years. Find out more and then build your own car out of some simple crafting materials.

Did You Know Home Project Statement Structure

Statement Structure

P. (Plimton) Ross Berry (1835-1917) was the masonry contractor for many of the most significant buildings in the Mahoning Valley during the late 19th century. Find out more and then construct your own building out of ordinary household items.

Did You Know Home Project Statement Structure

Ice Cream

The Mahoning Valley is known around the world for its Ice Cream History! From Isaly’s and Klondike to Good Humor and Handels – everyone loves our ice cream! Find out more and then make your own ice cream out of a few kitchen ingredients.

Did you know? Home Project Paper Airplane

Paper Airplane

Born in Italy, Mary Ann Campana immigrated to Youngstown in 1921. While working at a five and ten cent store after graduation, she saved part of her earnings for flying lessons and at 18, became Ohio’s first licensed woman teenage pilot. Find out more and then make your own airplane out of a single sheet of paper.

Did you know? Home Project Leaf Prints

Leaf Prints

Elizabeth Anne Fellows was born in Poland, Ohio. Fellows Riverside Gardens is the culmination of her dream to create a “beauty spot for all to enjoy.” Find out more and then create your own art from leaf patterns.

Did you know? Home Project Dream Clouds

Dream Clouds

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King believed that equality could be achieved through nonviolent means and he worked tirelessly to organize marches and protests. He used the power of words and nonviolent action to move towards the goal. Find out more, imagine your own dreams, and make a cloud mobile.

Did You Know Home Project Native American Crafts

Native American Crafts

The first Native Americans to live this area arrived more than 10,000 years ago! Find out more and then make different items, like a dream catcher, moccasins, or a canoe.

Did you know? Home Project Building Design

Building Design

The father and son team of Charles Henry Owsley and Charles Frederick Owsley designed many of the most beautiful and important buildings along the eastern edge of Ohio and into western Pennsylvania. Find out more about the Owsley buildings and then design your own masterpiece.

Did you know? Home Project Suffrage Poster

Suffrage Poster

Harriet Taylor Upton was a political activist who lived in Warren, Ohio. She believed that women deserved the right to vote and worked to move the country towards a place of equality. Find out more and then create your own voting rights poster.

Did you know? Home Project Microphone


Warren P. Williamson, Jr. was a pioneer in broadcasting, both radio and television. He was the first to bring radio to Youngstown – broadcasting WKBN Radio from the basement of his Youngstown home. Find out more and then make your own microphone.

Did you know? Home Project Town Design

Town Design

History tells us that John Young and his fellow travelers arrived at the Spring Commons area on June 27, 1796. The area’s first settlement was the following year, 1797. Find out more and then design your own town.

Have questions?

Contact Traci Manning, MVHS Curator of Education by email to . As MVHS Staff is working from home during this social distancing period, Traci will also be checking work phone voice messages at 330-743-2589, ext. 121.