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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An open house to honor the city's rich diverse heritage took place at the Youngstown Heritage Center on Sunday.
 
The building that once housed Our Lady of Hungary Church on the city's West Side has a new purpose. It is being used to preserve and highlight the region's ethnic heritage and historical past. Bob Barko, Junior tells us the new Youngstown Heritage Center will be an anchor for Youngstown's Hungarian, Croatian, Slovak, Italian, African American, and diverse rich history. 
 
Barko, the President of 545 Management Group, Incorporated said, "Youngstown is a microcosm of Ellis Island, and everything about that is great about America. This building will be a place to show that off. Downstairs it will have Youngstown history, so it will be used for a dual purpose."

The building on Belle Vista Avenue was purchased from the Catholic Diocese by the non profit, 545 Management Group, Inc. Currently the roof leaks and the 1960's boiler needs replaced. There are plans for needed repairs and improvements to the structure which was originally built in 1927, then added on in 1955.

A capital campaign is taking place to raise money for needed repairs for the roof and boiler system, and to make sure the building complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Denny McBride, the Treasurer of 545 Management Group, Incorporated said, "A big portion of the money we need is to make sure the building and bathrooms are handicapped accessible."
 
Donations can be made directly to any Huntington Bank. Make checks payable to 545 Management Group, or contact Bob Barko, Jr. At youngstownheritagecenter@gmail.com
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