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Current Exhibit:

Green Steel: The Environmental Impact of the Steel Industry

The steel industry carries with it a lot of risks, and the plants that operated at such a large scale here in Buffalo has a lasting impact.  This exhibit is looking at the environmental side of the steel industry, how it affected the lake, the towns, and the people living and working nearby.  With the recent shutdown of Tonawanda Coke, this feels like a relevant topic that is sure to answer some of your questions.

Exhibit on view until Fall 2019

Upcoming Exhibit Opening:

Steelworkers on Strike!

Unions were a powerful force in the steel industry. Most hourly workers were members of a union, adding to the influence of the union.  Strikes were the union’s last resort when it came to negotiations but they forced massive changes in terms of pay, safety measures, and other benefits.  Thisinfluence changed the role of workers, the demand for US steel and shaped the future of the steel industry.

“Steelworkers on Strike” takes a look at the strikes that shaped the Western New York steel industry; including everything from small local strikes to strikes that were nationwide.

Opening Fall 2019!