November 1989

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.

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