Museum presents hands-on lessons

YOUNGSTOWN — Learning about local history through hands-on activities is part of a series of summer open houses being held at the Tyler History Center and Arms Family Museum.

The events are presented by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and are set for 1 to 3 p.m. July 18 and Aug. 8 at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., and July 25 and Aug. 15 at the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave.

Traci Manning, program coordinator, said the activities include arts and crafts, toys, dress-up clothing and artifacts.

She said each program has a different theme, including topics as Idora Park, the steel mills and historic Youngstown families.

In addition, a Young Historians summer day camp is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 3 at the Tyler Museum. Children will work on projects and create videos, blog posts and small exhibits.

Manning said one week’s topic was Olive Arms, an artist and designer in the early 1900s, and her efforts to showcase her home, which became the museum.

“Since Olive designed her own home, the children had the chance to design their own homes like she did. Children learn history and then take part in their own activities,” Manning said.

In addition, participants could also tour the museums.

Fiona McCormick, 8, of Youngstown, said she liked the different activities she did with her 4-year-old sister, Alice.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said.

Sara McCormick said she wanted her daughters to have fun, but also learn about local history.

“There is so much local history we can pull from. We have the early history with Native Americans, Civil War, food, steel mills,” Manning said.

Lindsey Heldreth of Youngstown, an education intern, said this is the first year she is with the program.

“I love working with children of all ages. They like different activities and asking questions,” she said.