Life in Massillon: Virtual Exhibits


In addition to the photographs and stories of individuals and families below, we also have a large collection of oral histories. To listen to interviews about living in Massillon, click here.



Individuals and Families


Black History in Massillon

Massillon has a rich history of diversity. Read biographies of those who fought for equality, or led successful lives. This gallery also includes oral history interviews and documents.

Adventure in the 19th Century

Enjoy photographs of hiking, swimming, boating, camping, driving, biking, and more in Massillon and northeast Ohio in the 1800s.

Massillon Schools

Massillon Restaurants Photos

Massillon restaurant photographs from the permanent collection, 1870s-1970s. Please note, this is by no means an exhaustive photographic survey of restaurants.

Massillon Restaurant Menus c.1940-1980
Take a look back of Massillon's food selections and their prices! Menus include Frieg's, Venice, and the Sugar Bowl!

Bars, Saloons, and Breweries

Massillon had several breweries, starting with the Forest City Malt House in 1842.

Documenting American Prosperity: Photographs from The Independent, 1947–1950

This online exhibit supplements the exhibit of 61 photographs on the second floor of the Museum on exhibit November 2, 2013 - January 31, 2014. The online exhibit features 141 of the scanned 1,600 negatives from the collection of the local newspaper, The Independent.

Christmas in Massillon

Photographs from the Permanent Collection of the Christmas holiday season, parades, and decorations.


Includes baseball, professional and high school football, as well as Paul Brown career photographs.

Wars: American Civil War

Learn more about the Civil War and its relation to Massillon, Ohio. View Civil War letters, portraits, and artifacts.

Weather Events

Includes photos from floods, blizzards, and the 1955 tornado in Perry Township.



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