Exploring the Underworld: Uncovering Organized Crime in Ohio and Pennsylvania

Embark on a journey into the clandestine world of organized crime in Ohio and Pennsylvania with an engaging event hosted by the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Entitled “Exploring the Underworld: Uncovering Organized Crime in Ohio and Pennsylvania,” this event promises to intrigue history buffs and those intrigued by the region’s hidden history.

Step back in time to the chilling era of the “Black Hand,” a secretive society that cast a sinister shadow over the immigrant communities of the 1800s. Through extortion, kidnapping, arson, and even murder, the Black Hand instilled fear and terror. Author and historian Sean Posey will delve into this dark chapter of history, illuminating the early days of organized crime and the reign of terror perpetrated by the Black Hand in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This captivating event is part of the esteemed Bites and Bits of History series and is scheduled for Thursday, February 15, at noon. The venue is the Tyler History Center’s Thomas Ballroom, located at 325 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to this free educational program, generously sponsored by the John and Loretta Hynes Foundation.

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a vital piece of local history that continues to captivate and intrigue. Join the community as it peels back the layers of the past, uncovering the dark secrets that lie beneath and shedding light on the hidden underworld of Ohio and Pennsylvania’s organized crime history.

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