Join Us for Live-Streamed Event – Reuben McMillan’s Birthday

Join the Live-Streamed Event on the Library’s Facebook Page – LibraryMahoningCounty
1:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 7, 2020

Library Celebrates Founding Father Reuben McMillan on 200th Anniversary of His Birth

YOUNGSTOWN (October 5, 2020/For Immediate Release) – The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) will celebrate the life and legacy of Reuben McMillan with a live-streamed event on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. on Reuben’s birth date, Wed., Oct. 7. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the McMillan’s birth, Oct. 7, 1820, in Canfield. He was a school superintendent and one of the Library’s founding fathers.

October is a significant month for the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC), which was officially incorporated as the Youngstown Library Association on October 27, 1880. That association name was changed to the Reuben McMillan Free Library Association on March 5, 1898, to honor McMillan, who passed away on June 23 of that year. His name is etched in limestone on the face of the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave.

Reuben McMillan’s vision was to make books and library materials available to all people in the community, not just to students in the schools. With this, he helped lay the foundation for the Mahoning County library system still in existence today.

The event will focus on Reuben McMillan’s history and legacy, how the Main Renovation follows in his footsteps in ways he could not have imagined 200 years ago, a capital campaign for the Main Library Renovation Project, and an upcoming public service area within the Main Library to serve patrons while construction is underway.

Dr. David Ritchie, President, Library Board of Trustees; Aimee Fifarek, Library Executive Director; Tim Bresnahan, Library Trustee; and Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director will speak at the event.

A video detailing the life of Reuben McMillan will be available Oct. 7 on the Library’s website,, and the Library’s social media.  Aimee Fifarek, Library Executive Director, opens the video and Tim Seman, Genealogy and Local History Librarian, walks us through Reuben’s life, up to his monument in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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NOTE: The Library recognizes the date of Oct. 7, 1820, for the birth of Reuben McMillan. This date is published in the Vindicator obituary for Prof. Reuben McMillan on June 24, 1898, and in other sources, such as the “History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley Volume III” by Jos. G. Butler Jr. (Publishers American Historical Society, Chicago and New York) and The National Education Association 1899 annual meeting journal. The McMillan monument in Oak Hill Cemetery shows Oct. 20, 1820, as date of birth.