Tag Archives: Youngstown history

History is Local

It just happens that our Dec. First Wed. reading falls on Pearl Harbor Day, so come down and get your history on with readings from some fine local history books.

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Wed. Dec. 7, 7:00, at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St. The reading features Cathy Seckman, author of East Liverpool; Sean Posey, author of Lost Youngstown, and Dr. Donna DeBlasio & Dr. Martha Pallante, authors of Italians Americans of the Greater Mahoning Valley.

No open mic this last reading of 2016. We’ll resume the open mic with our January reading, which will feature Robert Miltner & Molly Fuller. Purple Cat Productions will host in their Broadway St. theater in the historic Morley Building.

Phenomenal Women Celebration

With profound thanks to the Raymond J. Wean Foundation and to these twelve women in our community, we invite you to a reception celphenomenalwomennewebrating the publication of Phenomenal Women: Twelve Youngstown Stories.

Tuesday, December 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Avenue Youngstown.
Parking lot is behind the church; enter on Wood Avenue due to construction on Wick.

Light refreshments will be served. Doors open 6:30 pm, program and staged reading from the book, 7 pm.

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Bill Lawson Presents to a Full House

DSC_0143Despite our first blast of winter weather, Bill Lawson filled the house in early January when he gave an interesting talk on historic Youngstown “Puddler Poet” Michael McGovern. Lawson put McGovern’s poems in historical, economic, occupational and literary context when he talked about immigration patterns, the job of a “puddler,” and the style and popularity of McGovern’s poems, which take up the cause of the laborer.

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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.

88-2-1 Labor Lyrics McGovern002Mahoning County Historical Society Executive Director Bill Lawson will speak on poet Michael McGovern, a Youngstown steelworker who immigrated from Ireland in the 1800s. McGovern’s collection of poems, Labor Lyrics, came out in 1899 and had a national audience.

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August First Wednesday Reading: Sean Posey

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August 5, 2015, 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.

Youngstown photographer, historian and essayist Sean Posey will read, followed by an Open Mic moderated by Molly Toth.

Sean Posey holds a degree in photojournalism from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a master’s degree in history from Youngstown State University.

His photography and writing are featured in Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology and The Pittsburgh Anthology, both by Belt Publishing. He is currently working on a book about Youngstown for the History Press, which will be released in early 2016.