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.

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