McGuffey’s Legacy Is Topic for August ‘Bites & Bits’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In this month’s Bites & Bits of History program at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Richard Scarsella will discuss William Holmes McGuffey and his impact on American education.

The lunch program, held Aug. 17, begins at noon in the Tyler History Center downtown. Scarsella is president of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society.

A graduate of Washington College in Washington, Pa., McGuffey traveled through Ohio, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania – including the Mahoning Valley – as a teacher before becoming a professor at Miami University in 1826. A decade later, he left for Cincinnati College before becoming president of Ohio University in 1839 and president of Woodward College in 1843. In 1845, he took a position as a philosophy professor at the University of Virginia, where he is buried.

While at Miami University, he created The McGuffey Readers, a series of textbooks for students in grades one through six. The series was used nationwide as an educational standard from the time it was first published in 1836 and when it left circulation in 1960.

Attendees can bring their own lunch or purchase a special $6 lunch from Overture in advance by calling 330 744 9900. Coffee, pop and water are available at the Tyler History Center.

For more information, contact the society at 330 743 2589 or visit

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