Holiday traditions continue at Arms Family Museum

Holiday traditions continue at the Arms Family Museum in Youngstown, Ohio.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Memories of Christmas Past exhibit at the Arms Family Museum in Youngstown is a tradition for many in the Valley.

The event is in its 7th year and continues to impress visitors.

The elves wait to be seen amongst the many one-of-a-kind, vintage decorations displayed throughout the 1905 Arts & Crafts mansion of Olive and Wilford Arms on Wick Avenue in Youngstown.

“We do have a lot of private collectors that loan pieces for the display, some historical society pieces,” said Leann Rich, Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

It took two months to create the exhibit. The dining room was a special challenge. The area sustained water damage in January. Experts in antiquity restoration were called in to work on restoring the area to its original grandeur.

The walls are still a work in progress, but visitors will still see images from the Arms’ archive collection as a mural to cover the damaged wall along with images from Mill Creek Park. Lawson said the images fit perfectly with the décor of the rest of the room.

“Everybody has their favorite tree, ornament, or their favorite chandelier that they never forget,” Lawson said.

Donna Farmer of Poland says it’s a great reminder of her childhood.

“We’ve seen a few things that I grew up with. It is just beautiful,” Farmer said. “They have helpers in every room to explain things to you.”

Nancy Bizzarri is one of the guides through this year’s theme of Making the Season Bright! She enjoys seeing the reaction of visitors.

“It is wonderful. It is so uplifting. It is like being in another world and they are utterly charmed,” Bizzarri said.

Adding to the charm and whimsy are the little elves scattered throughout the mansion to make it fun for all ages.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 4.

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