In 1984, the Steel Plant Museum was established to help preserve and document the memories of the newly-extinct steel industry in Western New York. While the majority of the collection is from Bethlehem'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.


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Heritage Discovery Center
100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY 14210


Tue: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


716-821-9361 (phone)
info@steelplantmuseumwny.org (email)

Upcoming Events

* SteelFest *

Saturday May 16th, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center

Please join us for the first Annual Steelfest! This event will take place in the parking lot of the Heritage
DiscoveRY Center Buffalo. * Local craftsmen and cultural organizations will be setting up tables with information
and goods for sale. Food will be provided by the famous Lloyd Taco Trucks. Our new exhibit, "Fascinating Forms:
A Patricia Layman Bazelon Retrospective" will be opening during Steelfest. The exhibit will celebrate the work of
Patricia Bazelon. She passed away 20 years ago, but her work still lives on throughout many galleries in Western
New York, and around the country. Bazelon captured the beauty of Bethlehem Steel after the closing of the plant.
Lastly, we will be revealing our new logo and some brand new Steel Plant Museum merchandise!

* The event will be moved indoors if the weather does not cooperate.


Wednesday May 6th, 2015 from 6:30PM until 9PM at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center
Doors open at 5:30PM, presentation begins at 6:30PM

Please join us for a discussion by Buffalo's Young Preservationists: Dana Saylor and Danielle Huber. They will be
discussing the "I'm Steel Standing" campaign that was formed to try to save the Bethlehem Steel Administration
Building. They will also be discussing the current state of preservation in Buffalo. Pizza and refreshments
will be available for purchase. Also, there will be 50-50 split club drawing to benefit the museum.

Our First Wednesday series is FREE!!!!!! Entrance to the museum is FREE!!!
Free parking is also available behind the museum. Please join us at the
Museum and Heritage DiscoveRY Center for this latest in a series of informative