New exhibit honors work and history of Youngtown nurses' union
A new exhibit at the Youngstown Steel Museum is a nod to the work and history of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association.
The exhibit curated by Marcell Wilson opened to the general public on Thursday, October 21st and organizers say it encapsulates the history of the union from its inception in 1966 to the closure of Northside Hospital in 2018.
According to Dr. Wilson, the YGDNA disbanded after fifty-two years. The union donated their records and funding to create this exhibit of their history.
The collection is made up of three-dimensional artifacts, posters, brochures, booklets, contracts, letters, and more.
Organizers say the union served as a voice for nurses at the Youngstown Hospital Association, which eventually encompassed Northside, Southside and Tod Babies and Children's Hospital and Beeghly Medical Park.
The YGDNA was the first nurses' union in Ohio and the second in the country.
Organizers say the exhibit will likely be on display for at least one year.