Historical Society Celebrates National Ice Cream Day with Open House

YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will celebrate National Ice Cream Day by bringing back classic treats from right here in the valley.

Good Humor, which created the first ice cream on a stick more than 100 years ago and operated the first ice cream truck here before expanding nationwide, will be available at a historical society open house from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 17 at Tyler History Center in Youngstown.

The free event also will celebrate the centennial anniversary of Klondike brand products, which also originated in the valley at the Youngstown-based Isaly’s.

Harry Burt, confectioner and founder of Good Humor, in his delivery uniform.

The Tyler History Center is located at 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown, which was once home of Burt’s Grand Confectionary. This year is the 100th anniversary of the opening of Burt’s at that location and with free admission to the center for this event visitors can see new informational exhibit panels throughout the building about the history of the business.

There will be plenty of hands-on fun activities, including arts and crafts, ice cream making and a chance to step into historic images through the magic of technology. Guests also may enjoy the permanent exhibit in the Fok Gallery and the new “Cultural Connections: German-Americans in the Mahoning Valley” exhibit in the Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery. The reading room in the Archives Resource Center contains many kinds of historical resource documents and will be on view for the event.

Complementing to the open house will be the historical societies next History-To-Go event: “Harry Burt’s Youngstown, a Walking Tour.” The event will highlight Youngstown in 1922. The 90-minute tour will start every half hour from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Check here https://mahoninghistory.org/history-to-go/ for more details.

Both the Arms Family Museum and Stewart Archives Center will be closed to the public on July 17.

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