“Hands on history” best describes our approach to public education and outreach. Throughout the year, we provide fun and inventive ways to teach students of all ages about Mahoning Valley history.  It really comes to life during our summer programming series, Hands On History Open House. To see all the faces discovering unique facts about our area, while doing creative activities, proves the value of our MVHS mission.

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Bring the magic of the North Pole to your house with this series of holiday at-home activities. Each Sunday, from November 22, 2020 through January 3, 2021, we will feature favorite children’s books and post example images and step-by-step instructions of crafts that can be done with simple household items. A little festive, creative time with the family will transport you right to Santa’s Workshop.

MVHS wishes to thank Southern Park Mall for sponsoring this 2020 Holiday Season online feature! If you need any help, please email Traci Manning, MVHS Curator of Education, at for assistance.

Thanksgiving in the Woods
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Learn about this wonderful story of a family’s special celebration of the November holiday, written by Phyllis Alsdurf and express your own creativity!

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In 2020, due to public health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, we launch Hands On History At Your House, an online version of our summer Open House series that includes a weekly video challenge and downloadable activities. Each week, the “Click here” in the program description box will open the PDF that gives you what you need. Likewise, the web site link will take you directly to our video challenge posted on each program day. These instructions, historical information, and activities will become available online on their respective program days and remain throughout the summer!

Create a MUSEUM EXHIBIT
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
1:00pm – Video Challenge

Learn about local places and their importance in history. With that knowledge, create an exhibit that showcases one or more of the sites.

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Create a NEWSCAST
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
1:00pm – Video Challenge

Discover important local events through online activities to create your own newscast.

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Create a HISTORY PRESENTATION
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
1:00pm – Video Challenge

Find out about several influential local people and create a brief presentation.

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Create a HISTORIC NEWSPAPER
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
1:00pm – Video Challenge

Explore various eras in local history through online exhibits, helping you create your own historic newspaper.

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HISTORIAN’S CHOICE
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
1:00pm – Video Challenge

Gather all of the information you’ve learned through the summer and choose the best way to present it to the world.

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