All is Merry & Bright

Logo with LayersNovember 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015


The Arms Family Museum in Youngstown Ohio is sparkling for the holiday season!   Memories of Christmas Past, the annual holiday spectacular, is in its seventh year in the 1905 Arts & Crafts mansion of Olive and Wilford Arms, and the home of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.  The seven period rooms of the Arms Family home are filled to the brim with rare, one-of-a-kind, vintage decorations that include ornaments, lighting, trees, toys and trains.  This display features many pieces from the Historical Society’s collection as well as items on loan from private collectors.

Months of preparation and hundreds of man hours go into the holiday exhibit.

Memories of Christmas Past received special recognition from The Golden Glow, a Christmas collector’s organization.  The Arms Family Museum and its volunteers were honored with the 2012 Ambassador of the Year Award in recognition of the museum’s love of Christmas and sharing it with others.  Several members of The Golden Glow lend their collections to the display.

Visitors to the 2011 exhibit called the display “like something out of New York City – it’s so elaborate and detailed it’s impossible to see everything in just one walk-through.”  Visitors are welcome on the self guided tour to make multiple passes through the period rooms as well as visit the second floor local history exhibits.  The Anne Kilcawley Christman Hands-On History Room will feature an old-fashioned Christmas with period artifacts, decorations and craft projects.

5 thoughts on “All is Merry & Bright

  1. We noticed you had a program last year, “Longing to be Home, Christmas During the Civil War.” Is there a contact for the person/persons that did this? We need to schedule a program for our December meeting on the 10th. The program we did had to be cancelled. Thank you.
    David Stratton
    Salem Historical Society

  2. Thanks to everyone who made Memories of Christmas Past a reality! I enjoy strolling through the Arms Museum and seeing all the vintage Christmas decorations – some of which I remember seeing in my grandparents’ homes when I was a child. Memories of Christmas Past elicits feelings of nostalgia against the backdrop of the Arms’ beautiful home. I especially enjoyed seeing the Plakie Twinkler ornaments and learning more about them this year. Looking forward to next year’s display!

  3. I’ve been trying to come up with someplace to go for our 53rd wedding anni. I think I just found it! And it’s right here in my own home state. What a bonus. We will be there.

  4. I am looking for the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Orr Railroad Car to purchase. I know that you had a few at the museum and the cost is $50.00 plus tax. Do you still have the car?

    • I think there is one left. We’re closed today, if you want to call at 1:00 tomorrow, we can take a credit card over the phone and hold the last one.

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