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About the Museum – Steel Plant Museum of WNY

About the Museum

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.

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

Garth Parfitt, IT Specialist

Barb Kuzina, Steelworker Registry

Erica Wanecski, Education Chair