The Ohio Genealogical Society hosted “Mansfield in Motion,” a screening of amateur and industrial films showing the history of the town.

A small group of people gathered at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville on Saturday to get a glimpse of “Mansfield in Motion,” films of Mansfield from 1927 to 1968. Scott Schaut, curator of the Mansfield Memorial Museum, has been collecting the historical films, photos and audio recordings the past five years.

Some are commercial and industrial films, like recordings made by Tappan and Westinghouse, but most are old home movies.

“A lot of people might think of some of these things as home movies, but the events they capture and the things going on in the background provide much more than that,” Schaut said. “They help document our history.”