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Steel Through the Lens: Exploring Life at the Plant
There is nothing so engaging as a photograph for representation of what life is like. For many people, steel making had reached the end of its glory days when they were young, and more still have never seen a working steel plant, let alone experienced what working there would have been like. Luckily, the steel plants in Western New York were documented many times over: by professional photographers, newspapers, and former workers, to name a few. The Steel Plant Museum has a large collection of photographic prints and art pieces which are rarely seen by the public. This exhibit will bring those pieces to the forefront to showcase what life looked like at a steel plant.
Exhibit on view until September 17, 2018
Upcoming Exhibit Opening:
Septemeber 22, 2018 with Steelfest
Heart of Steel: the People and the Community of the Steel Industry
There were miles of steel plants in Western New York, each hiring thousands of people. These mammoths of industry had a huge influence on the community around them and those thousands of employees shaped the plants that they worked at. Often entire families would work in the plants. This is a way of life that many visitors have never experienced; this connection to community; where you would work with your neighbor day after day is no longer the norm. This exhibit will display this way of life using our photographs, artifacts, and our oral histories. This will be a unique view into what life was like during the heyday of steel production.