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.
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.
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
Board of Directors:
Don Williams, President
Jerry Soltis, Vice President
Noel Varela, Treasurer
Tom Schifferli, Recording Secretary
Jim Torgeson, Membership Chair
Mary Jane Michalski, Director
Dan Wakelee, Director
Julia Hamilton, Curator
Gareth Parfitt, IT Specialist
Barb Kuzina, Steelworker Registry
Erica Wanecski, Education Chair
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