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.
Click on each image below to download the file and get started
In these challenging times, all of us at Mahoning Valley Historical Society want to provide as many resources as we can to our community. Our mission to collect, preserve, and teach the history of the people of the Mahoning Valley will continue even while our doors are temporarily closed to visitors. In 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!
Stay safe and healthy,
MVHS Curator of Education
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!
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.
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.