Smithsonian brings Journey Stories exhibit to YSU

Journey Stories Logo cropped“Journey Stories,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, opens at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 6.

“Journey Stories” was created by the Smithsonian as part of its Museums on Main Street Program, in conjunction with the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  It will run through Dec. 31.

The exhibit focuses on the history of the United States composed of many journey stories, from those of the first Americans to its newest citizens. “Journey Stories” examines various modes of transportation and how they brought Americans to where they are now. Whether families were immigrants in the early 20th century traveling on steamships in search of a better life

Oregon or Bust

This photo, titled “Oregon or Bust,” is part of the “Journey Stories” exhibit.

in industrial America, African Americans walking their way to freedom or migrant farmers hoping to escape the Dust Bowl of the American plains by piling into their ramshackle trucks, they are all a part of the American journey story. The exhibition incorporates graphics, objects, oral histories and other resources to highlight various themes such as the search for freedom, adventure and even recreation.

The Ohio Humanities Council is sponsoring the exhibition’s tour of Ohio. The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor is a site of the Ohio Historical Society and is operated by the Department of History at Youngstown State University.  It is located at 151 W. Wood St. in downtown Youngstown. Regular operating hours are Wednesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 330-941-1314.