Massillon Museum History Group to Discuss Inventors

News Release:  Massillon Museum History Group to Discuss Inventors 

During the next Massillon Museum History Discussion session on Tuesday, March 3, from 10:00 a.m. until noon, participants will talk about inventors and inventions.  

In a manufacturing town like Massillon, innovation and invention were sure to surface. Jacob Hess of the Hess-Snyder Company held many patents for improvements he made to stoves, furnaces, windmills, pumps, and chimney tops. Joseph Davenport, founder of Massillon Bridge Company, invented the cowcatcher on railroad engines and the cantilever bridge. Coach Paul Brown, who is featured in the Massillon Tiger Football Gallery, invented the football facemask. Jacob Coxey, who invented "electric heels" for relief from arthritis pain, is featured in another second-floor gallery for his political activism rather than his invention.

History Group participants are invited to bring stories of inventors and ingenuity—from the famous to their own personal experiences. 

The group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Fred F. Silk Community Room in the Museum’s lower level. The Museum is handicap accessible.

The group chats casually about a pre-announced topic, usually a slice of Massillon history, moderated by Chris Craft. The April topic will be pranks and practical jokes.

Attendance is free and open to everyone; new participants are welcome at any time. Some people come to every session; others attend when the topic is of particular interest. No reservations are required. Coffee and pastries are available for a donation.  

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio 172), in downtown Massillon. Anderson’s in the City, the lobby café, is open for lunch following the meeting. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit


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