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

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 - ANNUAL LUNCHEON and FUNDRAISER
This year, our luncheon will be at the Columns Banquet Facility in Elma, NY! For more information, call the
museum at (716) 821-9361

‘Rosie the Riveter’ at the Steel Plant Museum
The Museum has issued a call for women who were employed during World War II in any industry related to the war
effort: WE WANT YOU! Angie Yelich is seeking all “Rosie the Riveters” to contact her at the SPM. We are working
with the National Rosie the Riveter Association and tentatively plan to have a reunion of all women, or their
surviving family members, at the SPM on Saturday, May 10th. Whatever work duties you performed, please join us
to reminisce about the “good old days” and see long forgotten friends. Please contact Angie at 716-821-9361 for
additional information.

A Call for Artwork - "Through My Eyes"
The Steel Plant Museum of Western New York is pleased to announce its 2014 Spring-Summer
exhibit celebrating the museum’s 30th anniversary. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center
Doors open to the public at 6:00 PM, and the free program begins at 7:00 PM
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Gerald Halligan, author of Images of America: Lackawanna.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center
Doors open to the public at 6:00 PM, and the free program begins at 7:00 PM
Please join us for a presentation by Steve Bukowski, designer of Razing Awareness: Preservation and the
Bethlehem Steel Administration Building. Steve will be presenting a history of the building, the response to its
demolition, and the need for preservation in Western New York. This will also be a celebration of the exhibit
slated to come down Friday, May 9th, 2014.

Snack food and beverages will be available for purchase.
In addition, there will be a 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