Community invited to preserve history

Community invited to preserve history

Bradley Grizzard and Cyrus Ausar record interviews with community members. If you have a story to share, let them know during the Massillon Museum open house.


The Massillon Museum will host a two-day open house on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 2-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-7 p.m. to assist patrons with digitizing their materials, gathering stories and preparing for installation of “Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories” on June 11.

Community members are invited to help preserve the history of African American men and women of Massillon. Historic photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, artworks, uniforms, patches, telegrams and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration. Staff members also will record histories from the past and present, so contemporary stories and individuals of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Staff will scan, photograph and identify your treasures while you wait. Items will be returned immediately. Stories will be recorded on video or audio devices. Contributors will receive a free digital copy. Black History Archives Day is a no-appointment opportunity to talk with museum professionals about family history.

With permission digital copies of materials collected during the Black History Archives Day will be included in the Massillon Museum archives and be considered for possible inclusion in the upcoming exhibit, “Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories.”

For more information on this project, visit

The Massillon Museum receives operational support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark, as well as marketing support from Visit Canton. Grants from the Massillon Community Charitable Fund at Stark Community Foundation and the Aultman Health Foundation have made this project possible, as well as private contributions. The museum has organized this project in partnership with Sisterhood of Jewels Community Connections Inc., A Wise Way and numerous community members.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way E. in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. Call the museum at 330-833-4061 or visit

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