January 31: History Happened Here

Please join us January 31 at 4:00 pm for the next event in the Reeder Speaker Series

Join us in person at the Steel Museum or online via Zoom.

Bill Lawson is the Executive Director of Mahoning Valley Historical Society since 1991, and has worked for the Historical Society since 1987. Lawson is a past President, Trustee-at-Large, and Regional Representative of the Ohio Local History Alliance. He is the author of numerous articles and book reviews on history for local and professional periodicals, and is co-author of Mahoning Memories: A History of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Lawson holds BA and MA degrees in History from YSU.

“History Happened Here” is an ongoing series that explores subjects in local and regional history, highlighting the contributions of Ohio and Ohioans at important moments in national and world history. For more information, contact alfluker@ysu.edu

Distinguished Lecture 2022: Dr. Hilary N. Green

We are thrilled to announce that the 2022 Robert W. Reeder I Distinguished Lecture in Nineteenth Century history will be delivered by Dr. Hilary N. Green. It will be held virtually on March 24, at 5:30 pm ET. Register here

Dr. Green’s lecture is entitled “Remembering Gettysburg: Joseph Winters, Songs and Civil War Memory.” Focusing on a Black songwriter, this lecture explores how Joseph Winters contributed to African American memory of the American Civil War and the Gettysburg campaign through songwriting. By documenting the African American experience during the Gettysburg campaign, Green will show how Winters continued to draw on this local memory for securing Black men’s vote in the 1876, 1880 and 1912 Presidential campaigns. 

Dr. Hilary N. Green is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama. She earned her M.A. in History from Tufts University and her Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is the author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890 (Fordham University Press, 2016) as well as articles, book chapters and other scholarly publications. In addition to several short publications, she is currently at work on a second book manuscript examining how everyday African Americans remembered and commemorated the Civil War. She is also at work on a NPS-OAH Historic Resource Study of African American Schools in the South, 1865-1900 and co-editing a volume exploring the Civil War Era and the Summer of 2020 with Andrew L. Slap. Learn more about Dr. Green here