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General Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 25, 2017
Contact: Leann Rich 330-743-2589 x122
Memories of Christmas Past Celebrates Ten Years at The Arms Family Museum
Youngstown, OH – “There’s Joy Through the House”
The Arms Family Museum in Youngstown Ohio is sparkling for the holiday season!  Set against the historic backdrop of the original 1905 Arms’ family home, Memories of Christmas Past, is a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland which rivals the best professional holiday displays in New York City, Chicago, and Atlanta. Exquisitely arranged in detailed, eye-catching, colorful vignettes, the vintage decor on display includes toys, trains, ornaments, lights, dolls, furniture, trees, and more. This display features pieces from the Historical Society’s collection as well as items on loan from private collectors.
Memories of Christmas Past opens on Saturday, November 18, and runs through Sunday, January 7, 2018.  Hours for the museum are Tuesday-Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m.; and Thursdays Noon to 7:00 p.m.  The Museum is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
Admission for the exhibit is $7 for adults, $6 for Senior Citizens and college students, and $5 for Children ages 3-18 (under 3 free).  Proceeds from the event help fund the educational and exhibit programs sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.
“There’s nothing like it for miles,” says Bill Lawson, Executive Director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. “Every year visitors tell us how much the display brings back their best nostalgic childhood memories.”
For the 10th anniversary of Memories of Christmas Past, the museum’s holiday exhibit designer Anthony Worrellia plans to bring back a “best of” the past nine years. “Our guests have requested a repeat of some of their favorite displays and items featured over the years,” said Worrellia. “Even though it takes a year to plan and execute, it’s always my pleasure to help bring back the flood of good memories so many people have for the Christmas holiday.”
Visitors have 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 feel like walking into Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole, with elves, reindeer games and even a naughty and nice list.  Special events are scheduled throughout the run of the exhibit which will include lectures, behind the ropes tours, and twilight hours.
Sponsors for this year’s event include: The Anne Kilcawley Christman Foundation, Denise & John York and The DeBartolo Corporation, The Huntington Bank Fund, Virginia L. Dineen, WYSU, Western Reserve PBS, The Vindicator, Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, HopeStar, Boardman Printing, WFMJ, Farmers Trust Company, HBKS Wealth Advisors, Mercy Health, Wedgewood Fernando’s Pizza, YPS Integrated Systems, Prout Boiler Heating & Welding, Inc., Tips to Toes and RT Vernal Paving.
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