Youngstown State University Trustee Harry Meshel, a former Ohio State Senator, former president of the Ohio State Senate and former chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, will recall a lifetime of memories 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, in Kravitz’s Deli Meeting Room, 3135 Belmont Ave. in Liberty Township.
The free event is part of a new William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society community engagement program series titled “Memories With.” Light refreshments will be served. A good will offering will be accepted and a 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the society’s education mission. Society memberships will be sold at the door.
Meshel will remember, in an informal manner, growing up on Youngstown’s East Side, the Great Depression, his years in the U.S. Merchant Marine, and a lifetime in Mahoning Valley and Ohio politics. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
A charter member of the WHMHS, which was founded in 1961, Meshel is an alumnus of the original McGuffey Elementary School of Youngstown, which was located at the corner of Madison Avenue and Albert Street. He is a recipient of the society’s Pioneer Award, which honors individuals for contributions to the community. Coitsville Township will present Meshel with a proclamation before the program for his legacy of public engagement and his support of the WHMHS. The McGuffey Wildlife Preserve, which was purchased by the society and donated to Mill Creek Metroparks, is located in the township.
Well-known for his colorful stories, sharp wit and keen memory, Meshel is credited for his civic, cultural and educational contributions to the Youngstown area. Meshel has met generations of political leaders, including President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, and will share antidotes from his political career, about these and other notable personages.
For more information, contact Richard S. Scarsella, WHMHS president, at 330-726-8277, or Shirley Eckley, event chairperson, at 330-568-7389.