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February 2020

Selma: 55 Years Later

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tyler History Center, 325 West Federal St.
Youngstown, OH 44503 United States
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"After Selma," a documentary film about the Civil Rights Marches from Selma to Montgomery, Bloody Sunday, voting rights history, and voter repression. Speakers and community discussion to follow.

Joanne Bland, co-founder and former director of the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, AL, will be the main presenter.

For more information, call Traci Manning at 330-743-2589, ext. 121 or email at

"Selma: 55 Years Later" is presented by Sojourn to the Past, Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, and Mahoning Valley Historical Society. This special event is also made possible through partnership with the following organizations: Baptist Pastors Council; Community Mobilization Coalition; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae Chapter; Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance; League of Women Voters; Links, Inc. Youngstown Chapter; Mahoning Valley Association of Churches; Nonviolence Week Committee; Unitarian Universalist Church; Youngstown Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; and Youngstown Warren Black Caucus.

Admission is FREE.

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Bites & Bits of History: What Brought Them Here-African American Migrations into the Mahoning Valley

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tyler History Center, 325 West Federal St.
Youngstown, OH 44503 United States
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From the Underground Railroad, post-Civil War migration and the Great Migration, discover the factors which brought Blacks here and the impact their presence has made.

Bites and Bits of History Lunch Programs are offered every third Thursday of the month. The program is free and attendees may bring their own lunch. The Tyler History Center doors open at 11:30 A.M. In addition to ample street parking nearby, an adjacent public lot on the west side of the building is available and costs $2.50. The Tyler History Center is located at 325 W. Federal St.

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Eighth Annual Cookie Table and Cocktails

February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica Social Hall, 343 Via Mount Carmel Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44505 United States
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Mahoning Valley Historical Society announces our eighth annual Cookie Table & Cocktails fundraising event for Leap Day, Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Supporting its exhibits and programming at Tyler History Center, this is the largest fundraiser of the year for MVHS. The catered event is styled to recreate a traditional Youngstown wedding reception and features a cookie baking competition for both amateurs and professionals, judged by a select panel of community figures. Stan Boney, longtime local TV journalist, will be the event emcee once again this year.

The cookie baking competition is now open for registration. Please contact Cookie Contest Coordinator, Traci Manning, at 330-743-2589 or for a registration form. The cookie categories are as follows: Best Cocktail Inspired Cookie, Best Use of a Unique Ingredient, Best Traditional Cookie, and Best Decorated Cookie. Cookies will be judged on overall impression, consistency, and flavor. Each cookie baker will receive one complimentary event ticket and special recognition at the event. Bakers who do not wish to compete in judged categories are also invited to participate in this event.

A cash bar will be available and feature signature cocktails, in addition to other mixed drinks, wine, and beer. Penguin City Brewing Company will be providing a new twist by producing a limited edition beer, based on one of the winning cookies from the 2019 event competition. A preview of this special brew will be held at a separate product launch event to be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Boxcar Lounge, adjacent to the B&O Station Banquet Hall in downtown Youngstown.

After the buffet dinner by Fusillo Catering, an ample dance floor will be opened up with musical entertainment provided by Grammy-winning Del Sinchak Orchestra. MVHS will also offer a 50/50 raffle, basket raffle, and silent auction. This event’s Co-Title Sponsors are Stifel and The Waypoint Group at Morgan Stanley. Our Wedding Reception Level Sponsors are Rulli Bros. and WKBN 27 First News.

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March 2020

CANCELLED–Bites & Bits of History: Crazy Quilts in the Mahoning Valley

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tyler History Center, 325 West Federal St.
Youngstown, OH 44503 United States
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OUR MARCH 2020 LUNCHTIME PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH PRECAUTIONS REGARDING COVID-19. We hope to reschedule this program at a future date. Virginia Draa, Ed. D. and Jessica Trickett, MVHS Collections Manager, will explore the history of Victorian-era crazy quilts. Bites and Bits of History Lunch Programs are offered every third Thursday of the month. The program is FREE and attendees may bring their own lunch. Doors open at 11:30 A.M. In addition to ample street…

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CANCELLED–The Pivotal Right: A History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tyler History Center, 325 West Federal St.
Youngstown, OH 44503 United States
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OUR MARCH 24, 2020 EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH PRECAUTIONS REGARDING COVID-19. We hope to reschedule this program at a future date. “The Pivotal Right: A History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement” will be a special program to review and commemorate the centennial year of women’s right to vote. The evening presentation by Mahoning Valley Historical Society will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at Tyler History Center in Downtown Youngstown. “Attendees…

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