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.