Mahoning Valley Historical Society receives state grant

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley Historical Society has received a $4,500 grant award from the statewide Ohio History Fund, Ohio History Connection’s competitive matching grant program.

The funds will allow the Historical Society’s Archives to digitize microfilm copies of records from Republic Steel from the 1880’s to the 1960’s, and scrapbooks compiled by former Youngstown mayor Charles P. Henderson. Henderson cracked down on organized crime in the city in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. This project will make these materials more accessible to the public and better ensure the preservation of the original records, according to a news release from the MVHS.

The History Fund received 33 grant applications totaling over $388,000 in requests. MVHS’ award was one of 13 projects chosen for funding. Leann Rich, manager of education and external relations for the MVHS, was at Statehood Day in Columbus to accept the award.

In its first two years, the History Fund has created grants that help support local history and preservation-related projects all across Ohio.


WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s