summer programs

Hands on History Open Houses

MVHS is hosting free afternoons of family fun! Join education staff on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for hands-on activities, games, crafts, dress-up clothing and more!

July 18 – Tyler History Center
Youngstown Famous!

We’re exploring the most famous places in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley!  Guests can play Idora Park games and design their own amusement park, create their own newspaper, paint scenes from nature inspired by Mill Creek MetroParks, design a penguin to cheer on YSU, step back in time and become a historic news broadcaster with green screen magic, and even make ice cream in the home of Harry Burt’s Good Humor Ice Cream!

July 25 – Arms Family Museum
Let’s Play!

Sports and recreation have a long history in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley!  Guests can play popular sports and games such as bocce, baseball, and lacrosse – all will Valley history, they can create their own penalty flag just like Coach Dike Beede, design their own sports trading card, and more!

August 8 – Tyler History Center
Famous People and Places!

Learn about some of the most famous residents of the Mahoning Valley!  Guests can fight for rights like Harriet Taylor Upton, create a paper airplane in honor of Mary Ann Campana, create a self-portrait worthy of the Butler Institute of American Art, design a garden box, and more!

August 15 – Arms Family Museum
Fun with History!

Travel back in time with plenty of historical activities – from 19th century laundry complete with washboards and basins to historic toys and games, crafts, and more!  Set against the backdrop of beautiful Greystone – the Arts & Crafts Style home known as the Arms Family Museum – these activities bring history to life!

Tyler History Center
325 West Federal Street, Downtown Youngstown
Wednesdays June 20, July 18 & August 8

The Arms Family Museum
648 Wick Avenue, Youngstown
Wednesdays June 27, July 25, August 15


Young Historians Summer Day Camp

Are you looking for a more in depth study of history? This five day camp dives deeper into local history as participants work like true historians. Participants will explore the MVHS Archives collections to dig into the fascinating people, places and legacies that surround us each day. Participants will work closely together to research the history, and create presentations to tell their stories to the public through videos, blog posts or small exhibits.

Monday-Friday July 30th-August 3rd
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ages 12-15
$90 MVHS members – $115 Nonmembers
Full Scholarships available

2018 YH Registration Form

2018 YH Scholarship Application