Camp showcases history
By BOB COUPLAND
YOUNGSTOWN — Local students were able to spend one week researching famous people from the Mahoning Valley during a Young Historians camp held at the Arms Family Museum and the Tyler History Center.
Traci Manning, curator of education at the Arms Museum, said the new one-week camp allowed eight children to create a project such as an exhibit, paper journal or video using materials at the two museum locations.
“This is all about diving into history. We are going more in depth on what we talk about than at previous camps. They are getting a real behind the scene look at what we do here and working with our whole staff in collections, archives, business and media collection,” Manning said.
Manning said the students are the “young historians” who, after hearing a brief history of the local areas, were able to pick a topic and work in a small group to complete the project.
“They can tell their story anyway they want,” Manning said.
Topics included the steel mills and workers, the Warner Brothers and their connection to the area, Good Humor ice cream bar and the Isaley family.
In addition to the weeklong camps, there were oneday camps. Today’s one-day camp from 1 to 3 p.m. is ”The Progress of the Mahoning Valley” and how things have changed in communications, civil rights and other areas.
Gabriella Cantelmo, a museum educator from Niles, said she helps assist in creating programs for the education part of the museum, and also speaks at area schools on local history.
”At the camp, we assist the children in getting their sources and how to display and tell their stories they want to tell.” she said.
Miriam Figley of East Palestine said history is a subject that ”really intrigues me.” Her group researched the Warner Brothers. ”I wanted to learn more about Youngstown and how things originated,” she said.
Evan Brockway of North Lima said he heard about the camp and thought it would be fun. His group researched the Good Humor ice cream bar and its makers.
Eden Lesnansky, 13, of Boardman said she wanted to learn more about the history of Youngstown and what historic events took place close to her home.