About the Museum

Our Story

In 1984, the Steel Plant Museum was established to help preserve and document the memories of the steelmaking industry in Western New York. While the majority of the collection is from Bethlehem Steel’s Lackawanna plant, artifacts from Republic Steel, Hanna Furnace, and other local companies are also represented here. Union efforts to improve working conditions are documented in grievance files and correspondence kept in the Museum’s Reference Library. Their hard-won benefits are listed in contract booklets that workers studied diligently. The Reference Library also contains steel-related catalogs, technical papers, books, and manuals.

Our Mission

The mission statement of the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York is to preserve the history of the steel industry in Western New York through collecting, studying, and interpreting artifacts and archives which reflect our industrial past, present, and future.

Where to Find Us

The map below will guide you to the museum and help you find your way once you’re here!

We are located at 100 Lee Street, Buffalo NY 14210

Meet Our Team

Board of Directors:

Don Williams, President

Jerry Soltis, Vice President

Noel Varela, Treasurer

Tom Schifferli, Secretary

Jim Torgeson, Membership Chair

Mary Jane Michalski, Director

Dan Wakelee, Director


Emily Hettrick, Curator

Barb Kuzina, Steelworker Registry

Erica Wanecski, Education Chair

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Steel Plant Museum

Heritage DiscoveRY Center  

100 Lee Street

Buffalo, New York 14210

(716) 821-9361

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