What’s new at Mu? MassMu’s refreshed local history gallery

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The local history gallery on the second floor of the Musée Massillon has been refreshed to showcase the west side of Massillon with the help of artifacts and images.

Strong points

In the early 20th century, the popularity of community groups was the West Brookfield Citizens Band which was one of the favorites. More than 30 Brookfield musicians posed for the group photo which is displayed near a 1909 group uniform jacket with a gold braid.

Familiar images of Westside include furniture from Finefrock; Bordner; Watts Confectionery; Harvey, Horace Mann and Lorin Andrews Schools; a 1969 view of the Boys and Girls Club recreation room; and the First Reformed Church (now Grace UCC) which directly faced downtown at the “point” (Lincoln Way West and Main). A photograph marks the reopening in 1966 of the Tremont viaduct. A wall panel pays homage, among the 19 Vietnamese victims of Massillon, to the “three buddies” who grew up together in the West, enlisted and served together, and perished together in a helicopter crash. They are all commemorated on the Tremont Bridge, now rededicated as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Viaduct.

Photographer John Coyne captured the dark clouds from Fort Pitt Limited across the Tuscarawas River Bridge to Pennsylvania Station in the early 1950s. Around the same time, he photographed his young son and his two friends sitting on Rawson Avenue looking out over the western neighborhoods and industrial areas.

Why should you attend

Visitors to the museum during the holidays can also view the exhibit by Stark County artists, Susan Byrnes: The Viscosity Series, Flu and Football and the Paul Brown / Massillon Tiger Football History Timeline in the Paul Brown Museum, the Immel circus, the Albert E. Galerie Hise Beaux-Arts et Arts Décoratifs, a new exhibition in the Galerie de Photographie, Eterovich Contemporaries, and Works by members of the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon.

If you are going to

What – New Westside Focus in the History Gallery of Massillon

When – Continuous during normal museum hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Or – Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon.

Following – massillonmuseum.org or 330-833-4061

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