November 1989

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By Thanksgiving of 1989, work on the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor – better known as the “Steel Museum” — had been finished for months but there persisted a problem: it was empty. The distinction earned it dubious coverage in Time magazine as a symbol of wasteful government spending. Meanwhile, legislators – especially its most ardent supporter, state Sen. Harry Meshel – worked to get the project off the ground and today, the museum is among the most distinctive architectural and cultural landmarks in the city.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.