Programs and Events

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Upcoming Events

Re-Dedication "Discovering Black Youngstown"

Join us as we celebrate the acceptance of the 2024 Academy of History Public History Award! 

This is a Free EVENT

   Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 at 5:30 pm

join us at 5:30 pm for our award presentation and reception for "Discovering Black Youngstown"

The Robert W. Reeder I Distinguished Lecture in Nineteenth-Century History Presents

Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan, Enduring Civil War: Life, Death, and Survival in America's Defining Conflict

Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan is Associate Professor of U.S. Civil War History and Chair of the History Department at Sam Houston State University, where he has taught since 2015. Professor Jordan earned his undergraduate degree in Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, and MA, M.Phil., and PhD degrees in History at Yale.  His first book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History and, in its dissertation form, won the George Washington Egleston Prize and the John Addison Porter Prize.

This is a Free Event

April 18, 2024 at 6 pm

In honor of Dr. Thomas Leary, who was originally to speak, we will be having a Memorial to commemorate his life long work of the Steel Industry

This is a FREE event

April 19, 2024 at 5:30 pm

Augmented Reality Implementation to Promote Inclusion

Jennifer Moats, as part of an Independent Project for American Studies presents this Augmented Reality project with the objective to promote inclusivity by developing a comprehensive and user-friendly guideline for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, improving their experience at museums. This all inclusive guide will provide in-depth knowledge of exhibits, artifacts, and layout which precisely addresses the needs of its targeted visitors. Its range covers creating a guide, enhanced with sign language videos and visuals supported by written descriptions to capture all facets of exhibits. To improve the end-user experience, the guide will utilize modern technologies such as augmented reality or web-based videos, allowing users to individualize their tour and traverse the museum at their own pace. By combining these elements, the project aims at reshaping barriers to accessibility in cultural establishments and creating a more welcoming environment for deaf individuals.

This is a FREE event

April 26, 2024 at 5 pm

Reoccurring Programs

Archived Events

Carl Kovach will share 30 Years of Engineering and Machining Parts 

This is a FREE event

Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 5:30 pm

Join us at the Steel Museum for Retrospective of a Machinist and Its future by Carl Kovach Machining Parts Program Chair Machining Operation, Eastern Gateway

YHCIL Presents the Third North Side Farmers' & Makers Indoor Market! Come support local vendors with handcrafted foods and crafts. Shop local, tour the museum and enter to win a door prize donated from our participating vendors.

 Saturday March 9, 2024 from 11am- 3pm.

Rick Rowlands will highlight his work on the Tod Engine and Youngstown Steel Heritage

This is a FREE event

Friday, February 16, 2024 at 5pm

YHCIL Presents the Second North Side Farmers' & Makers Indoor Market! Come support local vendors with handcrafted foods and crafts. Shop local, tour the museum and enter to win a door prize donated from our participating vendors.

 Saturday February 10, 2024 from 11am- 3pm.

Dr. Martha Pallante will be discussing the Niles Fire Brick and the Role of the Italian American Work Force

This is a FREE event

Join us for light refreshments and discussions

Friday, January 26, 2024 at 6pm

Exhibit Opening February 23, 2023   5:30pm  

Free to the Public

Oral History Workshop

When did conducting oral histories begin?  What is an oral history?  What can I do with an oral history?  From preserving family memories to collecting "eyewitness accounts" of local and national events, oral histories are a great way to learn about the past and can be used in a variety of ways. 

 Attend this workshop where you will learn the history of oral interviews, how to conduct them using best practices, and how to transcribe and use them. 

This workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council.

10-1 Saturday, Oct. 28  

Reservations preferred 330-941-1314

Thursday, October 5, join the Friends of the YHCIL for light refreshments and the opening celebration for this exhibit.

 At 6pm, there will be a brief presentation on coal and its significance to our area. Come and test your knowledge of local coal history in the Mahoning Valley.  

The exhibit open from Oct 4 - Nov 30.

An excellent program for historical groups and other non-profit groups to improve their skills in  generating professional looking images for social media or print.  

Free to the public.

History Across the Humanities

Thursday - Saturday February 23-25 

Join the YSU Department of  Humanities and Social Sciences along with visiting professors, students, and presenters for the 2023 HATH Conference.

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor will open a new exhibit entitled “ Hearing Our Voices: Discovering Black Youngstown” in the main lobby and Harry Meshel classroom on the first night of the History Across the Humanities conference on February 23, 2023 at 5:30 pm, followed by a short program and reception. The new exhibit is chaired and created by Dr. Donna DeBlasio, professor emeritus of Youngstown State University 

The presentations will be hosted at the museum and portions will be livestreamed on our YouTube.

Ohio History Day Region 4 Competition

Saturday April 2

Ohio History Day is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an exciting program that makes history come alive for students. Students learn history by doing history. Students conduct historical research that leads to imaginative exhibits, documentaries, original performances, websites and scholarly papers. NHD reinforces classroom teaching by rewarding students of all abilities for their scholarship, individual initiative and cooperative learning. 

Click here for more information and registration.