Rotating exhibits on the second floor of the Arms Family Museum focus on the Historical Society’s collection of decorative arts in the B.F. Wirt Gallery, the Jeanne Tyler Costume Gallery and the Arms Gallery.
Anne Kilcawley Christman Decorative Arts Gallery
Mid Century Modern in the Mahoning Valley
This exhibit explores the design period from the late 1940’s through the 1960’s when designers embraced technological advancements and natural forms using bold colors and streamlined edges. The exhibit highlights the 1948 Youngstown Kitchens set, pieces from the Plakie Toy company and more.
This exhibit explores Greystone’s design, from conception to realization. With sketches drawn by Olive Arms, photographs of original room designs, and never before seen furniture and decorative objects, the exhibit demonstrates the Arts and Crafts influences in the Arms family home.
Making a Statement: Mahoning Valley Signs
This exhibit showcases signs used by local businesses that operated in the Mahoning Valley during the 19th and 20th centuries.
On April 6, 1917 the United States joined its allies – Britian, France and Russia – to fight in World War I. This exhibit features civilian and military clothing. The exhibit also features a vignette on Base Hospital 31, formed by the Youngstown Hospital Association in 1917.
The Valley Experience
The Mahoning River flows through the rolling land that lies between the southern shores of Lake Erie and the banks of the Ohio River. The land is fertile, well-watered, and rich in resources. People have been attracted to the valley for thousands of years. As you move through the centuries of “The Valley Experience” you will see how people along this river have lived, produced and consumed, worked and whiled away their time, fought and gotten along, and passed into memory. Experience with them now their daily lives, their work, their successes and failures, as you move among what they have left to us.
The Benjamin Franklin Wirt Collection
B.F. Wirt was a Youngstown lawyer and businessman, and served as an Ohio state senator for four years beginning in 1889. An avid traveler, Wirt amassed a unique collection of rare ancient artifacts, artwork, Asian decorative arts, as well as books, autographs and manuscripts. He intended to develop a museum for his collection, however that never came to fruition and the collection is now under the care of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Visitors will see a variety of items including famous autographs, artifacts from the War of 1812, a Persian (Iranian) perfume bottle, Chinese embroidery and a Native American basket.
The Anne Kilcawley Christman Hands-On History Room
Located in the lower level of the Arms Family Museum of Local History, in the space occupied by the log cabin, this room will allow visitors of all ages and learning styles the opportunity to interact on a more personal level with the history of the Mahoning Valley.