community history gallery

The Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery, located on the first floor behind the main exhibit space and grand staircase. Utilizing the theme “Inspiration through Heritage,” the displays in the Community History Gallery are developed through collaborative efforts with local historical societies as well as with educational, civic, cultural, and religious organizations in the Valley.

Janice E. Strasfeld, executive director of The Youngstown Foundation, states, “The Tyler History Center is going to be such an asset for everyone in the Mahoning Valley — from preserving unique segments of local history to providing interactive educational programs for all ages. By sponsoring the Community History Gallery, The Youngstown Foundation is helping to strengthen regional partnerships which not only highlight unique connections between the Valley’s past and present but also build pride and awareness for current and future generations.”

How it Works

Non-profit cultural organizations, schools, and neighborhood associations are invited to participate in our Community History Gallery program on a first come-first served basis. If selected, you will meet with the History Center staff to discuss how to effectively tell your story and what artifacts or other materials you might want to display.

Once you have decided on a theme and selected items to include in the Community History Gallery you will install your exhibit with guidance from our trained staff.


now on display

Aun Abbrendo: I’m Still Learning

This exhibit is a collection of works by James Pernotto, a local artist and founder of Next Best Art. The exhibit is a visual study of a civilization at the end of the industrial revolution.

coming up next

Marketing Magic: All Things Advertising

Beginning August 1, the Tyler History Center’s Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery will feature a new exhibit about the history of local companies’ efforts to entice their patrons. Marketing Magic: All Things Advertising will showcase everything from merchandising bags and boxes to logoed pens and pencils and from promotional posters to store signs. The exhibit will remain open through October 7, 2018.