History-To-Go began in 2004 and has since grown to offer as many as five, customized events per year. We’ve explored residential and commercial areas all over the Valley and beyond, sharing historical information such as architectural details and historical neighborhood development, little-known stories of significant people and events, and environmental evolutions that shaped where we live. Having outside experts and knowledgeable MVHS staff giving insights and answering questions outside the walls of our sites provides a special enjoyment to all who participate.

Mahoning Valley Historical Society (MVHS) is delighted to return to all IN-PERSON events in 2021. Even though they are designed to bring fun and educational experiences outside the walls of our facilities, we are asking for continued health and safety precautions with your participation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For all who come to our sites, MVHS now REQUIRES that masks be worn by all staff and visitors at Tyler History Center, Arms Family Museum, and Stewart Media Archives Center. Given that these walking tours extend beyond our properties, MVHS still recommends that participants wear masks and maintain proper social distancing where and when possible. We appreciate your care and understanding for the well-being of our staff, volunteers, and tour participants.

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Amazing History Race 7: Mahoning Valley

Saturday, August 21, 2021
4:00pm – 8:00pm

This scavenger-hunt-meets-road-trip tests your knowledge of local history and geography. Teams will receive a set of clues directing them to six different historic sites spread throughout the Mahoning Valley. One “lifeline” call will be available to each team during the race.

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Founders Day
Milestones Walking Tour

Sunday, September 12, 2021

This walking tour celebrates the 175th anniversary of Mahoning County, the 146th anniversary of the founding of Mahoning Valley Historical Society, and the 100th anniversary of “the Home of Good Humor” at the building that now houses Tyler History Center.

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Oak Hill Cemetery
Walking Tour – SOLD OUT!

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Tours begin at 11:00am and run every 20 minutes

This much-anticipated walking tour will explore the stories of the famous and not-so-famous Mahoning Valley residents interred there, as well as fascinating facts around the design, traditions, and history of cemeteries.

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This annual event series, as well as our popular Cookie Table and Cocktails fundraiser in February, are made possible with the dedicated volunteers of our History To Go Team. It is comprised of individuals who enjoy engaging with the community, increasing general awareness of MVHS, and promoting a deeper understanding of our local history. If you’d like to be a part of this group, find out how you can make a difference by volunteering with your own talents and perspectives.

2020 Event Series

Upper Fifth Avenue Tour
Saturday, July 25, 2020

MVHS will partner with Fifth Avenue Neighbors to showcase 8-10 sites along the upper north side corridor, covering more northern properties than our previous tours of Lower Fifth Avenue and the Crandall Park neighborhood. The south and north boundaries for this tour will be Tod Avenue to Gypsy Lane. Learn about the architecture, residents, and interesting facts about this historic area.

Amazing History Race: Mahoning Valley
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Participants in this year’s race will stay within the safety of their cars as they start and finish at Tyler History Center. Participants will return to the Tyler finish line and submit their photo answers to our History To Go Team. The winner will be revealed, and all will be invited to tailgate, enjoying their own food and drink. Reservations can be made by calling Linda at 330-743-2589, ext. 125 or emailing her at .

Founders Day: Good Humor Tour
Thursday, September 10, 2020

A virtual tour celebrates the centennial of the invention of the Good Humor Bar. Youngstown resident, Harry Burt, will be showcased at Tyler History Center, where Burt operated his iconic ice cream and candy-making operation. Other downtown sites associated with Harry Burt will also be featured.

Bites and Bits of History: Strolling Through Oak Hill Cemetery
Thursday, October 22, 2020

NO in-person, guided tours at the cemetery this year.

Our most popular walking tour will be transformed into a dynamic online video presentation, including more archival photos and documents about those interred, as well as, architectural and cultural traditions from the 19th and 20th Centuries. MVHS is proud to showcase intriguing historical stories as an alternative to the “thrill and scare” experiences usually associated with Halloween activities.

2019 Event Series

History to Go: Oak Hill Walking Tours

Saturday, October 26, 2019 Tour Times from Noon to 3:00 PM Oak Hill Cemetery, 344 Oak Hill Avenue, Youngstown This is your opportunity to visit and explore the rich history of Oak Hill Cemetery. Guided tours begin with a brief orientation and proceed with a leisurely...

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History To Go: Whiskey Rebellion Bus Tour

SOLD OUT! Mahoning Valley Historical Society continues its History To Go Event Series 2019 with a Whiskey Rebellion-themed bus tour to Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, August 18 from 8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. This customized event includes visits to the Senator John Heinz...

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Fifth Avenue Walking Tour

Next up in the History To Go Event Series 2019 is our Fifth Avenue Walking Tour. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will partner with Fifth Avenue Neighbors to showcase over 30 structures on Saturday, July 13. There will be 4 start times—Noon, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, and...

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Amazing History Race Mahoning Valley

Take a vehicular scavenger hunt of Mahoning County landmarks. What is AMAZING HISTORY RACE 5: MAHONING VALLEY? It’s a fun evening of “scavenger hunt meets road race” with a local history twist. You’ll get clues to find area landmarks (all new this year!), snap photos...

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History To Go Series 2019

Mahoning Valley Historical Society Announces History To Go Event Series 2019 Five custom tours explore historic neighborhoods and landmarks from June through October. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is hosting its History To Go Event Series—offering a historic...

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