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‘Salute to Local History’ event showcases groups’ programs

YOUNGSTOWN — Local historical societies in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties showcased their programs and items during the ”Salute to Local History” event at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center in Youngstown.

Jessica Trickett, collections manager with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, said the event included guided walking tours of downtown Youngstown, hands-on activities, exhibits and displays, and talks by local historical society members.

Trickett said she was able to show visitors the different historic items of the Arms Museum and Tyler History Center.

The MVHS is celebrating 142 years in the Valley and wanted to invite area historical groups and societies to share their histories. During the year will be programs and open houses.

She said the public was shown historic buildings and sites in Youngstown’s downtown area.

Gabriella Cantelmo of Niles, a museum educator, was showing how food was made locally in the 1800s, including ice cream, which was ingredients and ice mixed in a bag and shaken.

”The people had a lot of fun making ice cream,” she said.

Tracy Benson of Sewickely, Pa., said the ice cream made at the event ”tasted just like ice cream.”

Michele Garman of the Vienna Historical Society said it was a great opportunity for her to showcase Vienna’s history while also having the opportunity to meet other historical society members and see what programs and items they showcase.

”It gave me some ideas of what other organizations exhibit and show the public,” she said.

Michelle Allman, director at the McKinley Memorial Library in Niles and the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, which is marking 100 years, said the event was a way for her to share information on the library, museum and the William McKinley replica house.

”I reached people in different communities who wanted to hear about William McKinley,” she said.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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