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Key things to see or do while visiting the site:

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor provides a dramatic overview of the impact of the iron and steel industry on Youngstown and other Mahoning Valley communities. The Museum’s permanent exhibit, “By the Sweat of Their Brow: Forging the Steel Valley,” explores labor, immigration, and urban history, using videos, artifacts, photographs, and reconstructed scenes. 

Objects on display range from workers’ tools and clothing to “last heats,” the last batches of steel produced at each of the mills before they closed. Hundreds of photographs, some more than thirty feet long, are used throughout the museum. Videos examine topics such as housing, recreation, and urban history. Life-sized scenes – including a mill’s locker room, part of a company-built house, and a blooming mill, where steel ingots were shaped for further processing – help visitors understand steelmaking and the lives of steelworkers. 

The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, dedicated in 1992, was designed by Michael Graves, in association with Raymond J. Jaminet and Partners. 

In addition to the permanent exhibit, the center offers education programs and a library and archives. Part of the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers, the archives/library serves as a repository for local government records, as well as manuscripts collected from workers, companies and labor organizations.