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Gathering the Missing Stories

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The Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories project was launched in 2020 to address the Museum’s deficit in content related to Massillon’s African American heritage while striving to be more welcoming to diverse populations.  Your Massillon Museum is working to document the history of Massillon’s Black community, and to maintain and integrate representation of this history into the archives, collections, and shared memory of our community.

360 Tour

Virtual tour of the exhibit:
Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories

The Massillon Museum is pleased to share a virtual tour of the building and galleries. The tour, an aerial view of the Museum, and a drone video are available at

or jump right to the Missing History exhibit by clicking on the image at right or click here.

For more information on the exhibits available in this scan, please visit the Massillon Museum's virtual tour page:

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Video features

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News Channel 5 Cleveland:

"Missing History: Massillon Museum collects, shares unheard African American stories"
February 20, 2024

Massillon Black History Month Program

February 16, 2024

Amber N. Ford virtual artist talk
September 15, 2022

March 25, 2022, Season 24 Episode 22

Past Events 2022

​Missing History of Massillon Exhibit Opening [View photos from the opening event]

June 11, 2022

Collections for SOJCC Backpack Giveaway
From July 26‒August 3, 2022

Drop off donations @MassMu for Sisterhood of Jewels Community Connections Backpack Giveaway

Supply listing @

Oral History Workshop with Mandy Altimus Stahl [View on YouTube]
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Join MassMu's Archivist, Mandy Altimus Stahl, for a free Oral History Workshop in the Massillon Museum's Gessner Hall. She will discuss why oral histories are important and general information about conducting oral histories, and will provide resources for broader context. 

BeYoutiful Weirdo presents Girl Time: A Girls’ Empowerment mini pop-up shop
Saturday, August 27, 2022

Free/All Ages/No registration • @The Straight Path Program Community Development Center • 325 3rd St. SE, Massillon • Meet with Black female business owners

​​Online Artist Talk with Amber Ford [View on YouTube]
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Amber N. Ford is an artist and freelance photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her work explores Blackness, identity and culture while questioning the accepted idealized conceptualization of “truth." Ford's images are featured in Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories.


Sunday Community Dinner [View photos from the event]
Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 4:00-6:00pm

Join MassMu for a free meal reminiscent of after-church dinners, followed by a panel discussion with community members. 
Reserve your free ticket via MassMu's Eventbrite page,, or call 330-833-4061.

​​Love and Solidarity Film Screening
Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 6:30-7:15pm

Enjoy a free screening of the Bullfrog Films documentary Love and Solidarity, which is an exploration of nonviolence protesting and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson. 
Reserve your free ticket via MassMu's Eventbrite page,, or call 330-833-4061.

Brown Bag Lunch with Marva Dodson on the "CHARISMA" Collection POSTPONED
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

​Black History Archives Day

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 • 4:00‒8:00pm

Free/Public/No reservations • Gessner Hall, Massillon Museum

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