Massillon Museum Displays its Massillon-Manufactured Steam Engine

Massillon Museum Displays its Massillon-Manufactured Steam Engine
 
 
The Massillon Museum’s 1916 Russell traction steam engine has returned to MassMu’s garden area on City Hall Street Southeast and can be seen at any time. The big, bold black, red, and yellow machine has returned from its off-season storage site, where it is protected from winter weather. The model logo—“The Boss”—and the Russell and Company logo are both hand-painted on the engine.
 
The largest object in the Museum’s permanent collection, the engine weighs three tons and can produce 12 horsepower. Russell and Company manufactured more than 17,000 steam engines as well as 22,000 threshing machines, 16,000 boilers, and 5,000 sawmills.  The large brick factory building still stands about a mile from the Museum on South Erie Street. 
 
Russell and Company, incorporated in 1842, reached its pinnacle as Massillon’s largest employer during the 1890s and early 1900s. During those decades, company agents introduced Massillon to the world by selling equipment in places as distant as Germany, Russia, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. The final auction was held in 1927.
 
Seven Russell brothers were associated with the company. Among the legacies of the Russell family, are the Thomas and Ellen Russell residence and the Nahum and Esther Russell home, which still stand on historic Fourth Street at the intersection of North Avenue. Nahum and Esther Russell’s daughter Flora and her husband Walter McClymonds built the Five Oaks mansion, home of the Massillon Woman’s Club.
  
Inside MassMu, visitors can discover more historic treasures—a Jewel automobile manufactured in Massillon inn 1907, glass canes blown at the end of the day with leftover glass in local beer bottle factories, Coach Paul Brown’s Hall of Fame gold jacket, and a hippopotamus hide and silver shield carried in 19th-century battles in Abyssinia. 
 
The Gilding Northeast Ohio: Fashion and Fortune 1870–1900 exhibition in the main gallery focuses on the era that was the heyday of Russell and Company. Additional exhibitions can be seen—Precious Legacies: Exposures of a Fleeting Landscape (through July); Ethiopian Expedition of 1903; Innovators of Massillon; the Immel Circus; and the local history and fine and decorative arts galleries. Jerry Kalback Deadball Era Series: An Illustrator’s Process and Massillon’s Baseball Pros: An Inning in History can both be seen in the Paul Brown Museum on MassMu’s second floor through August 4.
 
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, ArtsinStark, and the citizens of Massillon, as well as marketing support from Visit Canton.
 
The Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon • Massillon Museum Executive Director • 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt • Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator • 330-844-1525

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