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Mahoning Valley Historical Society makes alternative holiday plans

The historical society has decided to cancel this year’s “Memories of Christmas Past” holiday exhibit at Arms Family Museum.
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Tyler History Center (photo courtesy of Mahoning Valley Historical Society)

YOUNGSTOWN — With uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society is changing its plans for the holiday season.

MVHS has decided to cancel this year’s “Memories of Christmas Past” holiday exhibit at Arms Family Museum. But with the support of Premier Bank, the historical society will celebrate the holiday season with virtual programs and on-site events at the more spacious Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St.

The center will remain open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday until Jan. 3 for gallery viewing at current admission costs. The center will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Both the Arms and Tyler locations will reopen to the public Jan. 15, 2021.

Plans for Tyler History Center include:

  • The street-level windows will be decorated with images of vintage Mahoning Valley holiday memories.
  • The Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery will feature holiday artifacts from the MVHS collection.
  • The Tyler Holiday Store will be open to the general public from noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday from Nov. 27 to Dec. 20, and Dec. 21-23. New and vintage merchandise will be available to purchase. The Tyler Holiday Store will be located in the Thomas Ballroom on the second floor of Tyler History Center, and no admission will be charged for shopping. The permanent gift shop on the first floor will sell non-holiday merchandise, including new books and apparel that connect with Mahoning Valley history.

Virtual plans include:

  • The MVHS Facebook page series “Mahoning Valley artiFACTS” will feature holiday collection items in coordination with the on-site Community History Gallery at Tyler History Center.
  • The Business & Media Archives’ Facebook page will post a selection of holiday film footage it has displayed at Arms Family Museum from previous years.
  •  The monthly “Bites and Bits of History” program, presented as videos published on the MVHS YouTube channel, will explore ethnic holiday customs.
  •  The “Time Capsules” blog on MVHS’ website will dive into various holiday traditions and events.
  •  To replace its live, seasonal workshops, MVHS will publish “Holiday Hands On History” projects that families can download from the historical society’s website.