Student exhibit focuses on early 1900s infection outbreak at Youngstown Sheet and Tube

One of the photographs that is part of the exhibit in Cushwa Hall.

One of the photographs that is part of the exhibit in Cushwa Hall.

“Trachoma: A Case Study for Change in East Youngstown, Ohio 1910 – 1913,” a new exhibit created by graduate students at Youngstown State University, is now on display in Cushwa Hall on the YSU campus.

The exhibition, a collaboration between YSU’s History Department and YSU’s Melnick Medical Museum, was created by students in YSU’s Curation 2 class.

The exhibit describes the outbreak of a contagious eye infection in Youngstown Sheet & Tube workers in the early 1900s and traces the actions taken by YST officials to help stop the spread of it. The company’s response had long term effects and set in motion modern improvements to public and medical services in worker housing, living conditions and medical care.

Students researched the outbreak, created the text, located photographs and artifacts, and worked with YSU’s graphic design center to tell the story of the evolution of health care at YST and Campbell. The Melnick Medical Museum assisted by guiding research and providing artifacts and space for the exhibition.

The exhibition on display in the lower level of Cushwa Hall.

For more information, contact Marcelle R. Wilson, adjunct faculty, at mrwilson@ysu.edu, 330-941-1330, or Cassie Nespor, curator, University Archives and Melnick Medical Museum, at clnespor@ysu.edu, 330-941-3487.