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)
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Thank you!

Our First Wednesday speaker series will be on hiatus until March 2016. Our thanks to everyone who supported
this important feature of the Museum's outreach mission during 2015. We look forward to seeing you when the
programs resume.


OVERSHADOWED: Buffalo's Lesser-known Steelmakers.

Buffalo was a giant of the steel industry during the 20th century. Many iron and steel plants sprang up
throughout Western New York, including Republic Steel, Hanna Furnace, Donner Hanna Coke, Buffalo Forge,
and many more. They were innovative, successful companies that thrived for many years. However, the decline
of the steel industry took its toll on each company, and forced many of them out of business. The Steel
Plant Museum's new exhibit honors the memories of those who worked for some of Buffalo's lesser
known steel companies, and preserves their stories for future generations.