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Photo of Dr. Thomas Leary looking back at the camera, at the 44" mill shear pulpit at the Lackawanna, NY Plant
Leary at 44" mill shear pulpit at the Lackawanna (NY) Plant, Bethlehem Steel (1985)

It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of our colleague, Dr. Thomas Leary, who was the Director of YSU Applied History Certificate Program (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences).

Professor Thomas Leary was Director of the Applied History Certificate Program at YSU. Formerly a museum curator and historical consultant, he has collaborated on numerous studies involving the preservation and interpretation of sites related to the steel industry. Students in his classes have helped catalogue collections and create temporary exhibits at YHCIL as part of the Youngstown State / Ohio History Connection joint management agreement. 

Photo of Martha Bishop, Archives Library Assistant at the YHCIL, smiling at the camera.

This past August 2023, Martha Bishop, Archives Library Assistant for almost 30 years has retired her services here. If you have any archival questions, please contact Susan Lowery (below).

Martha Bishop was the archives/library assistant at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor. She is a graduate of Youngstown State University.


Susan Lowery, Reference Archivist, Ohio History Connection

Susan Lowery received her Masters of History with a Certificate in Applied History from Youngstown State University in 2020. She began working at the museum in the fall of 2021, assisting and training in archives and with collection management. She has recently accepted the new position of Reference Archivist with Ohio History Connection. While working on archival assessments and organization, she also continues to train student interns and volunteers. 



Photo of Dr. John Liana, Curator at YHCIL, holding up an enlarged photograph of an industrial scene to the camera.

Dr. John Liana, Assistant Curator

Dr. John Liana is the Assistant Curator at YHCIL and is an English instructor at YSU. He assists colleagues throughout the museum and in the archives with collections management, research, and inquiries. He manages our blue print collection (cataloging and storage), and acts as a liaison between the museum and various donors and organizations in the community. He leads exhibit tours, creates exhibits as well as consults on exhibit design, which includes creation of text, editing, and visual content for the museum. He works directly with YSU professors and students on temporary exhibit projects throughout the academic year.