The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
National Iron & Steel Museum Videos
2017
Jason Hall, Curator of Battleship New Jersey, looks at the ship's history, lore, and behind the scene stories.
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Ronald Medlock, VP - Technical Services, of High Steel Structures (Lancaster) and Dylan Alexander, Project Engineer, at ArcelorMittal (Coatesville) discuss the steelmaking and fabrication processes of bridges, including the recent Tappan Zee Bridge project.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum hosts the 2017 Coatesville Remembers September 11, 2001 Commemoration ceremony.
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The Lukens Concert Band and the Forty Niners Chorus present a concert of remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001.
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Coatesville Youth Initiative 2017 summer intern for NISHM  Kristian W looks at the use of steel in World War II.
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J.P. & Kristian, Coatesville Youth Initiative 2017 summer interns at NISHM, look at the residents of Coatesville PA using photographs from the NISHM collections.
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Kristian & J.P., Coatesville Youth Initiative 2017 summer interns at NISHM, look at Coatesville PA businesses using photographs from the NISHM collections.
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The Rebecca Lukens Award honors individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens — resilience, leadership, courage, and strategic outlook.
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Join us for our Women's History Month program, titled "Coatesville Steel: The Women's Experience."
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Black steelworkers will take a trip down memory lane and share their working experience at the Coatesville steel site.
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Susannah Brody portrays Rebecca Web Lukens in honor of the 223rd anniversary of Rebecca's birth.
2016
Chester County author and storyteller Susannah Brody looks at the long term business connections between three generations of the Dowlin family and Rebecca Lukens and her descendants.
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ArcelorMittal's Richard Smith explores 300 years of iron and steelmaking in Pennsylvania.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum hosts the 2016 Coatesville Remembers September 11, 2001 Commemoration ceremony.
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Like many people World War I historian Bob Ford is a collector. But Bob isn’t just a collector of things from World War I. He is also a collector of the stories of the people of The War to End All Wars.
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The 2016 Rebecca Lukens Award presented to Barbara Cohen honors individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens — resilience, leadership, courage, and strategic outlook.
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In association with NISHM's "Shipbuilding the Age of Iron & Steel" exhibit Gene DiOrio, and his ever handy slide projector, tour the Queen Elizabeth II during her construction from a visit he made to Scotland in 1968. As an added bonus Gene talked about and showed slides of the SS United States.
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Author Robyn Young talks about her new book, and her work to erect PA historical markers in honor of the contributions made by Pennsylvania women.
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Starting a Conversation - African American Before and During the Age of Iron & Steel.
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A living history presentation in celebration of 222nd anniversary of the birth of Rebecca Lukens, America's first female industrialist.
2015
Dr. Thomas Heinrich, author of the book "Ships for the Seven Seas: Shipbuilding in the Age of Industrial Capitalism," talks about shipbuilding in the Philadelphia area.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum presents its 2015 award to Mary Ann Rossi, Partner at MacElree Harvey.
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Christopher Densmore, Curator at the Friends Quaker Library at Swarthmore College presents “The Underground Railroad in Chester County.” NISHM welcomes Mr. Densmore in celebration of Black History Month!
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A living history presentation in celebration of 221st anniversary of the birth of Rebecca Lukens, America's first female industrialist.
2014
Ranger Tom Simek and Friends of Hibernia's John Ross look at the history of the park through photographs.
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The annual Lukens Reunion Barbecue and Service Awards honoring current ArcelorMittal Coatesville employees.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum hosts the 2014 Coatesville Remembers September 11, 2001 Commemoration ceremony.
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On August 28, 1984 Bill Fischer, Mary Sullivan, Rosie Long and Gene DiOrio signed the Articles of Incorporation creating The Graystone Museum Society of Coatesville. Join Gene as he remembers the beginning.
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An evening of great food, drink and music on the beautiful grounds of the Lukens Historic District.

This year's keynote speaker Sheila Fleming, Senior Planner for Conservation Design at the Brandywine Conservancy, presents :The Brandywine Creek Greenway: the Heart and Soul of Chester County". Other highlights are the presentation of the 2014 Eugene L. DiOrio Volunteer of the Year Award to Sharon Bower, and the presentation of the Charles Lukens Huston Scholarship Award to two graduating seniors from Coatesville Area Senior High School, Morgan Flynn and Steven McFarland. 

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Larry Freeman, Graystone Society member and docent at the S.S. John Brown Liberty Ship, presents a lecture including photos and a virtual tour of the ship.
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President Scott Huston, Program Manager Juliette Honsinger, Collections Manager Kathy Bratton, and Executive Director James Ziegler with an insider's look at activities at the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum.
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Join Gene DiOrio and his trusty slide projector as he continues to take us along on his 1968 trip to Great Britain. Along the way we will visit great estates, quaint villages, impressive cathedrals and other important familiar, and not so familiar, landmarks.
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Educator and historian Ross Kershey looks at the events that changed American history.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum presents its 2014 award to Molly Keim Morrison, President of the Natural Lands Trust.
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Learn how the Coatesville Ladies Aid Society was formed, the work they did to collect and send hospital supplies to the troops at the front, and about the local merchants who collaborated with them during the Civil War. Presented by Dr. Flo Williams.
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In honor of the 30th anniversary of the ruling in Goodman vs. Lukens Steel Co. as well as the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. Craig Stutman, Assistant Professor of History and Policy Studies at Delaware Valley College, will share his noted research on the case and its influence on American society.
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In recognition of Rebecca Lukens' birthday storyteller Susannah Brody presents Rebecca's story in Rebecca's words.
2013
The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum hosted the 2013 Lukens Reunion and brought back a long standing tradition, service pins honoring active employees at the Coatesville steel mill.
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Gerry Altoff, formerly of the National Park Service, talks about the battle and its importance during the War of 1812.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum hosts the fourth annual Coatesville Remembers September 11th commemoration.
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Eugene DiOrio shows slides and talks about his 1968 trip to Scotland.
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Author Bruce Mowday discusses his newest book.
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The Graystone Society, Inc. holds it's 2013 annual meeting April 19th
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Nancy Webster discusses important Quaker women in Chester County.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum presents the 2013 award to Regina Horton Lewis.
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Commemorating the birthday of Rebecca Lukens the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum presents Rebecca as portrayed by Susannah Brody.


2012
A historical overview of the people and events that made the Delaware River the most important commercial waterway of the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Author Dan Toomey talks about "The War Came by Train" The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad During the Civil War
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum's 2012 Garden Party, held June 16th on the grounds of the Lukens National Historic District.
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Chester County historian Eugene DiOrio talks on the connection with Lukens Steel and the creation of the Chester Valley Bank.
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Marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads Jason Hall, VP Curatorial Affairs & Education at the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, presents "Battleship Development, from the Monitor to the New Jersey"
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum presents the 2012 award to Tamara (Tammy) C. Cansler.


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Dr tonya thames taylor from West Chester University will present the 2012 Black History Month lecture 'Fighting for Freedom: Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, and the US Colored Troops'.

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Commemorating the birthday of Rebecca Lukens the Graystone Society presents Rebecca as portrayed by Susannah Brody.
2011
Scott Huston explores the Lukens Athletic Association.
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Gene DiOrio and his slide projector take us around the world by boat and train.
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The Lukens National Historic District hosts Coatesville's 2011 commemoration of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
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The Coatesville Historic Commission's remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the murder of Edgar Rice and the lynching of Zachariah Walker.
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The Graystone Society's 2011 Members Garden Party, held June 18th on the grounds of the Lukens National Historic District.
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A panel of former Lukens employees discuss the reason Lukens was a special place to work.
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Lukens' involvement in the Leonardo da Vinci's Horse Project.
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Susannah Brody portrays Rebecca Lukens, America's first woman industrialist.
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The Graystone Society presents the 2011 Rebecca Lukens Award award to the late Nancy Penn Smith Hannum.
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In partnership with Hopewell National Historic Site, we present our inaugural Black History Month lecture, "The African American Experience". This lecture is presented by Frances Delmar, Chief of Interpretation at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.
2010
Susannah Brody talks about her new book, Remembering Chester County, From Valley Forge to Coatesville.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum hosts its Inaugural 9/11 Memorial Event at Gateway Park in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM.
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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of iron & steel production in Coatesville the Graystone Society plants a rose garden at Brandywine Mansion, home of Rebecca Lukens.
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The Graystone Society celebrates the 200th anniversary of iron & steel production in Coatesville, PA, with the dedication of a historical marker in the Lukens National Historic District.
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Paul Paskoff, Professor of Economics at LSU, lectures on tariffs and the American Iron & Steel industry at the Graystone Society's Spring Lecture #2.
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200 Years of Rolling Along the Brandywine - The Story of the Brandywine Iron Works and Nail Factory and the many other rolling mills of the Brandywine Valley. Presented by Richard Smith at May 6th for the The Graystone Society's 2010 Lecture Series
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Welcome ceremonies for the steel "trees", still standing after the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, returned to Coatesville PA the home of the former Lukens Steel Company who made and cut the steel shapes used to manufacture the "Trees".
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Over Forty years ago, the last trainload carrying the structural shapes (known as "trees") destined for the World Trade Center in New York City pulled out of Lukens Steel in Coatesville, PA.  They were the last, of many, which would frame the first nine floors and soaring lobbies of the North and South Towers of the world's tallest buildings at that time.
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The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum presents the 2010 award to Gladys Flamer.
2009
In the early 1800s Rebecca Lukens became one of America's first female industrialists after her husband died. She took on the running of the Lukens steel plate rolling mill in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. She helped her business survive some rough times and triumphed through many personal tragedies. The mill she ran still makes steel today. Her house still exists as do her children's houses. The historic district of Coatesville is very much the historical district of the mill and her descendants.
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See and hear about how iron and steel are made. Iron is the raw material for many metal products. Steel is iron that has been mixed into an alloy with other materials and had the carbon content manipulated to create special qualities for the steel.
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The The Graystone Society has created the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville. Many buildings and artifacts already exist. The Graystone Society is also a part of this collection of entities interested in preserving the history that surrounds the longest running steel mill in America. Rebecca Lukens, one of America's first female industrialists, established the mill back in the early 1800s.
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Lukens steel of Coatesville was one of the most successful steel plate rolling mills in America. Learn about the process here. How ingots are heated and rolled to form plate. The mill still exists now owned by ArcelorMittal. Visit this historic district in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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