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Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown: 150 Years of Gospel Service

The Ursuline Sisters have been an integral part of Youngstown since 1874. They are teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators, and spiritual directors just to name a few of the ways Sisters have contributed to building our Valley. Their mission is to advocate for all in recognizing their humanity and divinity as laid out from St. Angela Merici, their founder in 1535.

In recognition of their work, a new exhibit at Tyler’s Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery will explore the Ursuline Sisters’ 150 year history of ministering to the needs of the people of Youngstown. The exhibit  opens on Friday, September 22, and runs through Sunday, April 21, 2024.

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.