On the Box: A History of Firefighting in Youngtown

Exhibit runs till Mid-January 2017
Public Opening: October 15, 2016

The next exhibit opening at the Tyler History Center is a collaboration between MVHS and local firefighting historian and collector Greg Ricker. Ricker, an Austintown native whose family connection to firefighting sparked his interest in the profession at an early age, will guest-curate the exhibit. On the Box: A History of Firefighting in Youngstown will be featured in the Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery.

While growing up, Ricker frequently visited the old Austintown fire station on Mahoning Avenue where members of his family volunteered. He began collecting firefighting-related toys and memorabilia in the late 1980s, and his interest in the Youngstown Fire Department began in 1990. Since then, Ricker has worked to collect and preserve as much of the department’s history as possible.

The new exhibit will feature Ricker’s private collection as well as items from the historical society’s collection. It will explore over a century of the Youngstown Fire Department’s history through images, tools and equipment, uniforms, documents, and the stories of the men and women who have served.


The exhibit will be on display through mid-January, 2017. The Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Admission is $4 for adults; $3 for seniors and college students and $2 for children. It is located at   325 West Federal Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

(Additional note: Greg is also the owner and webmaster of youngstownfire.com.)



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