Monthly Archives: December 2015

Thank you very much! Thank you very much!

When we sat down to name the people, businesses and organizations who have kindly shared with us their time, energy and resources, we were so moved by how long the list was. Unlike Scrooge, we don’t have to see a ghost to realize how much our community means to us. Please join us in a hearty round of applause, and visit these businesses and organizations when you have a chance.

See the list here, and if you’re on it, accept our thanks for making our first year so great!

January First Wednesday Series Reading: H. William Lawson on Michael McGovern

Join us for the first First Wednesday Reading Series of 2016.
January 6, 7:00, downtown at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 32 Phelps St.
Free parking in the lot behind the Voinovich Building, corner of Hazel and Commerce.
Open mic emceed by YSU historian Thomas Sabatini.

Mahoning County Historical Society Executive Director Bill Lawson will speak on poet Michael McGovern, a Youngstown steelworker who immigrated from Ireland in the 1800s.

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McGovern’s collection of poems, Labor Lyrics, came out in 1899 and had a national audience.

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McGovern is buried in Calvary Cemetery.

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Bill Lawson is the Director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society in Youngstown, Ohio, serving in that position since 1991. He has been employed by MVHS in a variety of capacities since 1987. Lawson holds B. A. and M. A. Degrees in History from Youngstown State University. He served as a Trustee of the Ohio Museums Association from 1993 to 1995. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums from 1997 to 2005, and was President of this Association from 2002-2003.


Indiegogo Thank-You Gifts in the Making!

We have our work cut out for us, sending out a whole bunch of thank-you gifts!

The “Bundle of Books” came in, very fine writing by some of our excellent local writers. We are extremely grateful to Christopher Barzak, Steven Reese, Rebecca Barnhouse & the family of E. Hallaman for their donations.


The broadsides featuring Frank Polite’s poem “Tornado” are being letterpressed on elegant Crane Lettra cotton paper at the Cranky Pressman.

T-shirts with the Lit Youngstown logo and with Dianne Borsenick’s poem “Disco” have been newly designed and are in production at Fresh Prints.

Bookmarks have been designed at Youngstown Design Works (along with new business cards and letterhead: fancy!) and they will be printed by Insta-Copy Center.

Many of you took Nin Andrews up on her gift of a copy of Why God is a Woman to ten donors of $25 or more. Thank you, Nin!

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We will be delivering/shipping out everything soon!