Exhibits and Projects

Browse through our numerous virtual exhibits and projects!

Nov 10, 2023

Women face challenges balancing work-life and home- life that, historically and today, differ from their male counterparts. Race, gender, and class influenced society's expectations of women and where they worked.  Women toiling outside the home had experiences which were diverse, and working conditions improved over time, but female employees still find challenges in the workplace that their male counterparts do not. 

This exhibit looks at what conditions have changed, what continues to be problematic, and where improvements are possible.

Photo provided by Mike Theisler from Steel Valley Artifacts

May 6, 2022

As part of Dr. Leary's Special Topics in Applied History course, students Brooke Bobovnyik, Jacob Harver, Christopher Gillett, and Matt Franks researched and developed a virtual exhibit that traces the industrial, residential, and transportation history of the Brown Bonnell District. More than an industrial site, the Brown Bonnell District contained numerous features, such as the P&O Canal, that made Youngstown a significant town in Northeast Ohio for many decades. 

Lisbon, Ohio

December 17, 2021

Explore how industry, migration, culture, and social status influenced the construction of houses in the Western Reserve and nearby locations and learn of the history and architecture of these structures that still exist. 

This exhibit was created by the graduate students of the American Architectural History course at YSU. 

Picture source: Wikimedia Commons 

Melanie M. Jones, graduate student in the American Studies Program at Youngstown State University has created this virtual exhibit showcasing the role women played in various wars beginning with the American Revolution. This virtual exhibit serves as her graduate project for the program. 

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor prides itself in providing access to the work of numerous YSU students as well as our graduate interns.  

The YHCIL acquired the archives of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA), a local union of the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA), in 2018. The YGDNA was the first nurses' union established in Ohio and the second to be established in the country. Youngstown State University alum and past YHCIL intern, Mallorie Sutter, has been organizing and documenting the collection while participating in an oral history project to accompany the archive. The collection includes paraphernalia, board meeting minutes, financial records, job bids, and more. 

The YGDNA virtual exhibit was developed and researched by graduate assistant intern of the YSU History Program, Brooke Bobovnyik. Further research was conducted by Mallorie Sutter, YSU alum and past YHCIL intern, and Zack Mayer, past graduate assistant intern of the YSU History Program.  

August 20, 2021

Over a span of 120 years (1863-1983), the William B. Pollock Company earned a reputation for its innovative design and reconstruction of blast furnaces, ladles, and rail cars, its advancement over economic and industrial challenges over time, and its dedication to maintaining a high standard of excellence as a global supplier of steel products. 

Learn more about the Pollock family and their company's foundation, growth, and role in the evolution of manufacturing in the new exhibit, "The William B. Pollock Company: Advancements in the Art of Iron and Steel" open now in the Bitonte Family Welcome Lobby. The exhibit is made possible through the generosity of the William B. Pollock Company Foundation and Roberta Hannay.  

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Made from Steel

This video, produced by Youngstown State University graduate student and YHCIL intern Brooke Bobovnyik, documents the rise and fall of the steel industry in the Mahoning Valley.

Forged for War 

   The Mahoning Valley's transformation into World War II

This digital exhibit, created by Youngstown State University graduate student and YHCIL intern Sabrina Krause, documents the Early stages of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley all the way up to the Valley's integral role in World War II.