Category Archives: Massillon

Massillon Museum to Present “Women on the Move: Fashions from The Great War Era”

The Massillon Museum will host “Women on the Move: Fashions from The Great War Era”—a luncheon, fashion display, and program—on Wednesday, September 20, at noon, at the MAPS Air Museum. 
 
The $35 ticket includes a generous lunch, admission to the MAPS Air Museum, and the program.  The event is a Massillon Museum Capital Campaign fundraiser for the expansion of the Museum to enhance programming, preservation, and exhibitions for the community. Tickets may be purchased atmassillonmuseum.org or by visiting the Museum at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.
 
Laura Loew, an expert in costumes of a century past, will present an entertaining program about women’s clothing of the World War I era, including how the war affected the restrictive attire typically worn by American women. Women on the homefront contributed to the war effort by rationing, selling bonds, knitting wool socks for men in the trenches, doing Red Cross work, working in factories, ferrying planes to military bases, and many other activities that affected the clothing they wore. Loew will display clothing from the early 1900s.
 
The MAPS Air Museum is located at 2260 International Parkway in Green near the Akron Canton Airport—turn off Ohio Route 241 when at the historic airplane near the road.
  
The event accents the Museum’s exhibition, Stark County in the Great War, which will be on view through November 12.  It includes uniforms, letters, military papers, propaganda posters, shrapnel, music, gas masks, and other war-related gear. An original, 30-minute documentary film also plays on loop in the second-floor gallery.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
 
Sue Reid and Mary Ann Poling are co-chairing “Women on the Move” as part of the Capital Campaign special fundraising events team.  Jean Mummertz, Debbie and Denny Bachtel, Trisha Merchant, Jeannie John, Joi Letcavits, Kathy Malinowski, Margy Vogt, and Sue Kelewae serve on the committee.
  
“Women on the Move” is one of many fundraising efforts that are part of the Capital Campaign. Contributions may be sent to the Museum at 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon 44646. The Museum has acquired all properties bounded by Lincoln Way, City Hall Street, Diamond Court, and Park Row. Plans for the upcoming expansion will benefit the community with additional education and exhibition space, an auditorium/meeting space, and a home for the Paul E. Brown Museum.
 
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Last Call for Auditions for MassMu’s Dear Mother and All

Auditions for the Massillon Museum’s upcoming play, Dear Mother and All by Sandra Perlman, will be held on Monday, August 7, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Museum.  
 
This full-length play, first produced by the Museum in 1988, is the true story of a Massillon soldier during World War I. Letters between Charles Vernon Brown and his family share details of daily life. The complete collection of correspondence is preserved in the Museum’s permanent collection. The 2017 production will complement the Museum’s Stark County in the Great War exhibition, which will be on view through Veterans Day weekend.
 
The cast will include 10 males and 10 females, ages 16 and older. Rehearsals will begin in August at the Museum for the performance on Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon. For more information, contact director Dave Harding at 330-837-1829 or email him at dave12148@sssnet.com
 
Funding for the production—an effort to inspire a community theatre initiative—is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Exploring the Human Endeavor and is aligned with the 20/20 Massillon Vision plan, facilitated by ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Dave Harding, Dear Mother and All Director  –  330-837-1829
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Canton Artists League to Exhibit Caught Off Guard: A Candid View in Studio M

The Canton Artist League has created the exhibition, Caught Off Guard: A Candid View, for the Massillon Museum’s Studio M from August 11 through September 17, 2017. Canton Artists League members were invited to create work that captures an unexpected moment, suggests a narrative with an unknown beginning or end, or includes an unlikely pairing of elements. 
 

“The Kiss” by Cynthia Capestrain

The public is invited to meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy refreshments at the exhibition opening on Friday, August 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum.  The party is free and open to all.

 
The artists whose work will be included are:  Cynthia Capastrain, Ann Cranor, Frank Dale, Megan Farrabee, Sharon Frank Mazgaj, Deborah French, Jane Heater, Judith Girscht Huber, Carolyn Jacob, Pam LaRocco, Natividad (Suni) Lopez Ortiz, David Martin ll, Claudia Mullane, Anna Rather, Irene Tobias Rodriguez, Judith Salamon, Michele Tokos, Donna Volpe, Kevin Walton, Lynn Weinstein, Gail Wetherell-Sack, Joan Willms, Yih Yee Wong, and Isabel Zaldivar.
 
Visitors to the Canton Artists League Studio M opening will also be able to view Stark County in the Great War, Wild (Mid)West, and the Immel Circus.
 

“Hapless Ring Bearer” by Cynthia Capestrain

The Studio M exhibition may be seen through September 17 during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Anderson’s in the City and the Museum shop, OHregionalities, are located in the lobby of the Massillon Museum.
 
Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists.  The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists.  Guidelines and an application are available by contacting the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or massillonmuseum.org.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
 
Media Contacts: 
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum PR Coordinator  –  330-844-1525 

Fun Fest Offers Free Family Fun

Dillen Dewald got to sit in a Massillon fire truck at Fun Fest in 2016.

MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association invite families to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, which will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Fun Fest—a lively, safe, educational, and enriching experience—has entertained thousands of families in downtown Massillon for 22 years.

 
Admission to the family-focused event is free. There is no cost for most activities; some have a minimal charge. Social service agencies, civic groups, churches, arts organizations, and businesses are invited to set up games, art projects, activities, and information stations. Families love free take-away items—coloring books, pencils, balloons, banks, bookmarks, and puzzles.
 
Special acts this year will include magician Randy Wiedenhammer, concertina player Mike Salvino, yo-yo star Eric Monroe, magician Kerry Kazzam, and John the Juggler. Examples of Fun Fest segments children have enjoyed in the past are basketball hoop shooting, story

Face painting is one of the favorite activities at Fun Fest.

times, small build-it projects, face painting, contests, bead projects, dancing, crafts, health and safety activities, and athletic events. Emergency crews and vehicles, musical groups, and others offer programs of interest to young people.

Among the familiar organizations offering activities, demonstrations, and information this year will be churches, St. Paul’s Cub Scouts, andMassillon cheerleaders. The Tuslaw Lions train ride and the Massillon Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand.  The Troll Hole Museum, Sky Zone Belden Village, The Bird Nerds Rescue and Sanctuary, Massillon fire and police departments, and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band Drum Line will participate.  Dozens more will join them.
 
Inflatables, the New England Garden Club’s flower arranging station, clowns, Massillon Museum crafts, and a petting zoo have been traditional favorites. The Massillon Family YMCA will offer a 50¢ swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
 
Gold sponsors include MCTV, Downtown Massillon Association, the City of Massillon, Rotary Club of Massillon, and Midwest Industries.  Silver sponsors are Farmers National Bank, Amherst Meadows, Advanced Industrial Roofing, Home Appliance, and Danbury Senior Living. Massillon Eagles #190, Hampton Inn Massillon, Smiley’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, McDonald’s, General Dentistry, and Heitger Funeral Home are bronze sponsors.  Flowers by Pat and HD Davis CPSs are Fun Fest Friends.
 

The New England Garden Club helps children create live flower arrangements each year.

Organizer Liz Gessner McAllister of MCTV touts the event as “a great day for kids ages four to ninety-four and their families.” Fun Fest is intended to provide all the fun of a carnival with a focus on meaningful activities. Many of the organizations and businesses that offer activities provide valuable health, safety, and educational information to parents while entertaining the children.

 
Additional groups that wish to set up booths may call McAllister at 330-833-6655 to inquire until August 5. Participants MUST provide a free or nearly free activity for kids. 
 
Fun Fest is centered on First Street and Lincoln Way East and on the lawn of the Massillon Museum. Free parking is available in city lots, in the Erie Street parking deck, and on adjacent streets. For more information, contact the Massillon Museum, 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
 
For details, visit massillonmuseum.org and click on “Programs and Events” then “Fun Fest” or call Liz Gessner McAllister at MCTV:  330.833-6655. 
 
 
Media Contacts:
Liz Gessner McAllister, MCTV  –  330-833-6655
Nancy Jobe, Massillon Museum  –  330-833-4061 x114
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum  –  330-844-1525

 

Auditions for MassMu’s Dear Mother and All Play

Auditions for the Massillon Museum-sponsored rendition of Sandra Perlman’s full-length play, Dear Mother and All, will be held on Monday, August 7, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.

This play, last produced in Massillon in 1988, is the true story of a Massillon soldier in World War I. He and his family, through letter-writing, share the daily ups and downs of life during the “War to End All Wars.” The complete collection of correspondence is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The 2017 production will complement the Museum’s Stark County in the Great War exhibition, which is on view now through Veterans Day weekend.

The cast is comprised of 10 males and 10 females, ages 16 and older. Rehearsals will begin in August at the Museum. The performance will be Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon.

For more information, contact director Dave Harding at 330-837-1829 or email him at dave12148@sssnet.com.  “Please come, audition, and be part of this show,” Harding said. “We need local actors and actresses to bring this touching local story to life.”

Funding for the production—an effort to kick-start a community theatre initiative—is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Exploring the Human Endeavor and is aligned with the 20/20 Massillon Vision plan, facilitated by ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

Media Contacts:

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111

Dave Harding, Dear Mother and All Director  –  330-837-1829

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson to Open in Massillon Museum’s Studio M

 

Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson, the next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, will open Friday, May 19, in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.  It will be on view through June 25.

A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., concurrent with the opening of the Stark County in the Great War main gallery exhibition. The event will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. 9

Carlson, a Lakewood, Ohio, artist, honed his vision at the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland.  He is drawn to he strength of black and white and spontaneity, and his work is informed by film noir and jazz.  He equates the flash of an idea for his artwork to the flash of a camera.

The artist focuses on the figure, using oil paint and charcoal on canvas and paper to explore the human condition.  His exhibition is about perception and emotion and how they relate to one another.

“In these paintings and drawings I subtract or manipulate information that shapes our perception,” Carlson said. “Like memory, knowledge and emotion are contextual clues that viewers use to interpret what they see.”  He presents an ambiguity—an isolated image—that forces the viewer to scrutinize the image to find resolution.”

Carlson’s artwork has been included in dozens of solo and group juried and invitational exhibitions throughout northern Ohio and in Erie, Pennsylvania.   John W. Carlson appears courtesy of Hedge Gallery.

The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting massillonmuseum.org.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

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Massillon Museum to Host Self-Publishing Workshop

Did you ever dream of holding a book that you wrote in your hands?
The Massillon Museum will offer a one-afternoon workshop with author JoAnn Shade on Sunday, April 23, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., to walk aspiring authors, ages 18 and older, through the process of self-publishing. Participants will review self-publishing options, learn about working with internet-based print-on-demand opportunities, talk about manuscript preparation and cover design, and discover how to develop a simple marketing plan.
JoAnn Streeter Shade, author of a dozen self-published books, brings a variety of experience, interests, and insight to the written page. She has ministered in Salvation Army congregations and social service programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and has served at North Coast Family Foundation, a Christian counseling center in Northeast Ohio. She does consulting work with the Massillon Museum, is a regular contributor to Salvation Army publications, and is a weekly columnist for the Ashland Times-Gazette.
With a master of arts degree in pastoral counseling and a doctor of ministry degree in the “Women in Prophetic Leadership” track from Ashland Theological Seminary, she combines her academic training with a writer’s eye, a pastor’s heart, and a grandmother’s joy through Gracednotes Ministries. Learn more at gracednotesministries@gmail.com.
The workshop fee is $18 ($15 per Museum member). Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this workshop by April 18. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For a complete class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
The self-publishing workshop is part of the NEA Big Read. This year, the Massillon’s tenth year to receive the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, the local book selection is True Grit by Charles Portis. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Art in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to restore reading for leisure to American culture.
Support for the local program is also provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to supplement its primary local funding.
For more information about the workshop or the NEA Big Read, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org or www.NEABigRead.org.

Costume Historian Bobi Garland Is MassMu’s NEA Big Read Keynote Speaker

Costume historian Bobi Garland will be the keynote speaker for this year’s NEA Big Read, orchestrated by the Massillon Museum in partnership with the Massillon Public Library. The program will be held Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (156 Lincoln Way East) in downtown Massillon. The event will be free and open to everyone with no reservations required.
Garland’s presentation will complement the book selected by the Massillon Museum for this year’s NEA Big Read, True Grit by Charles Portis. The keynote is one of 30 public events scheduled to enhance the community’s experience of reading the book.
From 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., immediately prior to the keynote address, the public is invited to visit the Massillon Museum (121 Lincoln Way East) during extended hours to view the second-floor exhibition, Westward Ho! True Grit Themes in Costumes and Artifacts, which includes costumes from the 2010 Coen Brothers’ Paramount Pictures film, True Grit, that Garland will discuss in her keynote address. TheWild (Mid)West exhibit, also part of the NEA Big Read, will be on view in the lower level.  
The theatre is just across the street from the Museum. Free parking—within easy walking distance of both venues—is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.
Garland is uniquely qualified to talk about the True Grit costumes, as she worked with Academy Award nominee costume designer Mary Zophres, who designed the costumes for the film.  (Zophres was also nominated for an Academy Award for the costume design for La La Land.) For the exhibition, Paramount Pictures has loaned four costumes worn during filming by the main characters.
Actor Jeff Bridges wore the U.S. Marshall Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn costume that will appear in the exhibition, and Matt Damon wore the Texas Ranger La Beouf costume that will be displayed. Two of the costumes worn by actress Hailee Steinfeld, who played Mattie Ross, will be included.
Garland believes that how we dress is a powerful language that communicates who we are as individuals and as a people. She has consulted with Academy Award-winning costume designers at the world-famous Western Costume Company’s Costume Archive and Research Library.
Garland has worked closely with designers—Mary Zophres, Colleen Atwood, Arianne Phillips, Sandy Powell, and Janey Bryant—on film and television costuming projects.  As a museum collections manager, she supervised the growth of Western Costume Company’s valuable 6,000 piece film/television costume archive. The internship program she initiated there provided more than 200 students with training for careers in costume, library science, and museum studies.
Since 2014, Garland has worked as an independent consultant. Her clients have included Walt Disney Pictures, Electronic Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas, and The Autry Museum. The legacy project she spearheaded with UCLA’s Department of Oral History to record the personal and professional stories of talented artists working in costume for film and television has become a valuable model.
Garland currently teaches Costume History at Otis College of Art and Design. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts, she also holds a certificate in Museum Collections Management from California State University Long Beach, which has honored her for outstanding contributions to education.
The Massillon Museum is one of only 77 organizations nationally—the only institution in Ohio—to receive NEA Big Read grant funding for the 2016–2017 cycle. MassMu will distribute 1,600 free copies of True Grit, along with calendar bookmarks, to local schools, organizations, and individuals. The Museum has been selected to participate in the NEA Big Read for ten consecutive years. By the end of this NEA Big Read project, it will have distributed 23,535 free books to encourage reading among local residents.
In addition to the NEA grant in partnership with Arts Midwest, funding is provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to augment its primary local funding.
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.  For a complete listing of local NEA Big Read events, pick up a bookmark at the Museum’s reception desk, where free books will be available as long as the supply lasts, or visit http://www.massillonmuseum.org/the-big-read.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
April Olsen, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager / NEA Big Read Coordinator  –  330-833-4061 x104

Westward Ho! to Open at the Massillon Museum

The Massillon Museum is promoting literacy and celebrating True Grit by Charles Portis during the Massillon community’s tenth annual NEA Big Read program. One of the 30 events planned to enhance readers’ enjoyment of the book will be an exhibition, Westward Ho! True Grit Themes in Costumes and Artifacts.

The exhibition will open in the second-floor gallery Saturday, March 11, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., during the NEA Big Read Kick-Off event. The exhibition includes costumes worn by stars of the 2010 film, True Grit, and Native American artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.

To visually capture the True Grit characters’ personalities, Academy Award Nominee Mary Zophres designed costumes for the Coen Brothers’ 2010 Paramount Pictures film True Grit. For the exhibition, Paramount Pictures has loaned four costumes designed by Mary Zophres and worn during filming by the main characters.

Actor Jeff Bridges wore the U.S. Marshall Ruben J. “Rooster” Cogburn costume that will appear in the exhibition, and Matt Damon wore the Texas Ranger La Beouf costume that will be displayed.  Two of the costumes worn by actress Hailee Steinfeld, who played Mattie, will be included.

The book is set in 1870s Arkansas and Oklahoma, when conflicts between American Indians and westward-bound settlers were frequent. Portis references the Choctaw nation several times in his book. Along with the costumes on loan from Paramount Pictures, many artifacts from the American Indian collection at the Massillon Museum will be displayed, including some from the Choctaw Nation, as well as artifacts from the Delaware and Shawnee tribes, who lived in Ohio.

Among the Native American artifacts to be included are implements made and used in the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, Prehistoric, Mississippian, and Historic periods.  Especially interesting objects will include a stone animal effigy, hammerstones, a pestle, projectile points, and stone tools.

While the NEA Big Read extends only until April 25, the exhibition will continue through May 14. It can be seen during regular Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this year’s NEA Big Read will be Bobi Garland, who worked with Mary Zophres on the costuming for the film. The keynote event will take place on Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre, immediately following a public reception at the Massillon Museum. For a complete list of all True Grit-related events, visit massillonmuseum.org or pick up a free book and calendar bookmark at the Museum’s reception desk from March 11 until the supply is depleted.

Selected as the only community in Ohio to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in 2017, the Massillon Museum is one of only 77 organizations nationally to receive NEA Big Read grant funding for the 2016–2017 cycle.

The Museum will distribute 1,700 free copies of True Grit, along with bookmarks, to local schools, organizations, and individuals. It has been selected to participate in the NEA Big Read since the second year of the national program. By the end of the Museum’s tenth Big Read project this year, the Museum will have distributed 23,535 free books to encourage reading among local residents.

In addition to the NEA grant, funding is provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. Local organizations and individuals collaborating with the Massillon Museum include:  the Massillon Public Library, Stark Parks, Massillon/North Canton Elks Lodge #2029, The Artful Living Program, Walsh University Museum Studies Club, Washington High School Drama Department, Visit Canton, and many community volunteers. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to augment its primary local funding.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

Enjoy MassMu Virtual Exhibits from Home

Do you wish you could see some of the Massillon Museum’s amazing collections, but you just don’t want to venture out in the winter weather? More than 160 virtual galleries can be seen on the Museum’s website (massillonmuseum.org) from the warmth of your own home.
The Massillon Museum collects and preserves more than 60,000 photographs, most documenting Western Stark County people, places, and events. Because only a small portion of those images can be exhibited in the Museum’s galleries at one time, MassMu initiated the virtual galleries to help share local history consistently.
One virtual gallery is filled with aerial views photographed from planes and upper floors of buildings—landmarks such as the Stark Drive-In Theater, the original course of the Tuscarawas River, the Grand Theatre, and the old central firehouse can be seen. The “Buildings” gallery includes pictures of the Sugar Bowl, the Republic Steel office building, Massillon State Hospital castle-like buildings and landscaped grounds, Russell and Company, and the construction of the McClymonds Building. Another gallery features downtown Massillon through the decades. School buildings and classes fill another section.
Some galleries document important events in Massillon’s past:  the mid-century flood control project, parades, Coxey’s March, Labor Day celebrations, and the 1898 Merchants Street Fair. Extreme weather events are recorded in another gallery. Sports photographs fill yet another segment:  baseball, the professional Massillon Tigers, the Washington High School Tigers, and Paul Brown.
It is also possible to read Massillon City Council minutes from 1853 to 1870 or view samples of wallpaper used in local homes between 1870 and 1950.  One category is devoted to dog portraits.
Want a little more action?  Watch 38 local-interest videos posted by MassMu on YouTube (youtube.com/massillonmuseum). Among them are The Greatest Generation:  Massillon in the 1930s” with narration by Bill Plotts, Herbert and Harold Schrader, Ruth Kane, and Mark Ross; “A Massillon Fire Department Run to Massillon State Hospital” in 1958, and “Massillon Memories” with Frank and Rudy Turkal from about 1970.
MassMu Archivist Mandy Pond, volunteers, and interns regularly add images to the virtual exhibits and the videos on YouTube. Like the physical galleries inside the Massillon Museum, there’s always something exciting to see.
Ready to brave the weather outside?  Visit the Museum to see:  Celebration in Art, St. Mary’s Church Restoration: Photography by Joe Albert (through February 19), Paul Brown and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio (through February 12), From the Drawing Board: Architectural Renderings from the Collection and the Immel Circus. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.