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MVHS Wins Grant to Digitize Records

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society was awarded a $4,500 grant from the Ohio History Fund to digitize various historical materials.

The history fund is the competitive matching grant program of the Ohio History Connection.

The history society proposal is one of 13 projects chosen. The fund received 33 applications that combined sought more than $388,000.

Among the items to be digitized in the history society archives are copies of records from Republic Steel from the 1880s to the 1960s and scrapbooks former Mayor Charles P. Henderson compiled. Henderson led the effort to crack down on organized crime in the city in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

This digitation project will make the materials more accessible to the public and better ensure preservation of the original records.

“The first two years of the History Fund campaign have been a huge win for Ohio history,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. “For just a few dollars, Ohioans have helped to restore historic buildings, promote education and ensure the accessibility of our state’s heritage for years to come.”

Ohio taxpayers can support the fund by selecting “The Ohio Historical Society” (doing business as the Ohio History Connection) as a donation fund on their state income tax returns. So far, Ohio taxpayers have made 20 history projects possible.

“Last year, Ohio taxpayers helped repair leaking roofs across the state, conserve rare Wright Brothers photos in Dayton and preserve Slavic heritage in Cleveland,” says Andy Verhoff, History Fund grants manager.

For more information about the History Fund grant program and how to apply for grants, visit this website, call 1 800 858 6878 or 614 297 2340, or send an email.

Pictured: Archives room at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.