Work to begin on Arms Family Museum

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – After a water leak damaged the Arms Family Museum this past winter, a preservation consultant has been hired to begin work on the heavily damaged dining room.

The work is scheduled to begin March 31. The dining room sustained heavy damage after a water pipe burst inside the second floor wall on Jan. 8.

Preservation consultant Sara B. Chase will analyze the fabric, paint and plaster in the room as the first step toward repairing the damage and restoring the room to its original appearance. Research will be conducted to confirm exact coloring and a treatment plan for restoration will be laid out.

“Sara Chase brings invaluable knowledge and experience to this restoration project,” commented MVHS Executive Director Bill Lawson. “She worked with our Historical Society previously, providing research and analysis on paint and fabric prior to the restoration of Library room ceiling in the Arms Family Museum in 1993.  Her report will be vital to recreating the original fabric coverings, colors and painting techniques on the badly damaged walls and ceiling of the Dining Room.”

The Arms Family Museum is set to reopen on Friday April 4. A special admission price for April 4 through April 6 will be set to mark the museum’s 50th anniversary of the public opening of the museum on February 22, 1964. The admission over the April 4 weekend will be 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children ages 3 to 17. Active members of the military and senior citizens are free.

The dining room will not be restored by the April opening, but visitors will learn about the work to be done in the coming months.

After the reopening weekend, The Arms Family Museum will resume regular open hours of operation, Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and regular admission of $4 for adults; $3 for senior citizens and college students; and $2 for children 3-18.    For more information visit

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