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Youngstown Steel Museum announces summer opening

The Archives/Library at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, located at 151 W. Wood Street in downtown Youngstown, announces its summer hours. Effective May 15 – August 15, 2012, the Archives/Library will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon – 4:00 PM and the first and third Saturdays of the month, noon – 4:00 PM. Evening hours will resume fall semester, August 16, 2012. Museum hours remain Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10: AM – 4:00 PM and Saturday, noon – 4:00 PM.

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities. The building, designed by renowned architect Michael Graves in 1986, houses the museum’s permanent exhibit, By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley, explores labor, immigration and urban history, using videos, artifacts, photographs, and reconstructed scenes.

Objects on display range from workers’ tools and clothing to “last heats,” the last batches of steel produced at each of the mills before they closed. Hundreds of photographs, some more than 30 feet long, are used throughout the museum. Videos examine topics such as housing, recreation, and urban history. Life-size scenes—including a mill’s locker room, part of a company-built house, and a blooming mill, where steel ingots were shaped for further processing—help visitors understand steelmaking and the lives of steelworkers.

The Youngstown Historical Center is located at 151 W. Wood Street in Youngstown, Mahoning County. Wood Street is located between Wick Avenue and Fifth Avenue. It is one block North of downtown and two blocks South of Youngstown State University. –

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