The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
People Videos
2022
Join our panel of women, both active and retired, who have worked in the steel industry. Our panel consists of both office workers and production workers. Hear about how the industry has changed over the last 50 years. Their best memories, and their worst.
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Steel workers - men and women, retired and active - talk about their experiences working in a steel mill. You will learn about why they chose to work in the steel industry, the hard work their jobs entailed, and so much more.
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The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum celebrated the anniversary of Rebecca Lukens' birth by meeting the woman herself (as portrayed by Susannah Brody). The celebration took place on January 13, 2022.
2021
For women’s history month in March, "Steel Stories — America’s Cup” hosts Dawn Riley, one of the best-known sailors in the world as our speaker.



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Join Tyree Warner and Larry Freeman at 6 PM on Steelmuseum.org as they explore World War II Liberty Ships featuring the 17 ships named in honor of African Americans.



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Join us as we celebrate Rebecca Lukens' birthday as we watch a living-history presentation featuring “Charles Schwab” and “Rebecca Lukens” performed at the 1998 Bethlehem Steel Management Meeting.



2020
Christopher Densmore, Curator at the Friends Quaker Library at Swarthmore College, looks at Chester County's early Quaker women.
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Harry Lewis and Jane Kennedy will lead the discussion about this local landmark and its 2016 listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Dr. Karin E. Gedge, professor at West Chester University, looks at the "Life and Times of Rebecca Lukens."
2019
Vonie Long, President of USW Amalgamated Local 1165, is joined by Dave McLimans, former 1165 Vice-president and current President of the Chester County Central Labor Council, to look at the history of the USW both nationally and in Coatesville.
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Bob Lesutis explains and demonstrates blacksmithing by making decorative utensils from steel.

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Steel workers - men and women, retired and active, talk about their experiences working in a steel mill.
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Celebrating the anniversary of Rebecca Lukens' birth we meet and question the woman herself (as portrayed by Susannah Brody) in a living history program.
2018
Then, the last generation of Lukens Steel workers was invited to tell their stories and have their portraits taken. In the background are the oldest sections of the mill, which are now in disuse, filled with dusty steel shavings and now quiet motors from a bygone time of steel making.
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Meet Thaddeus Stevens, as portrayed by Steve Anderson... attorney, abolitionist, and politician. 
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Celebrate the anniversary of Rebecca Lukens' birth by meeting the woman herself (as portrayed by Susannah Brody).
2017
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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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
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
A living history presentation in celebration of 221st anniversary of the birth of Rebecca Lukens, America's first female industrialist.
2014
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
Nancy Webster discusses important Quaker women in Chester County.
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Commemorating the birthday of Rebecca Lukens the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum presents Rebecca as portrayed by Susannah Brody.


2012

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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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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A panel of former Lukens employees discuss the reason Lukens was a special place to work.
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Susannah Brody portrays Rebecca Lukens, America's first woman industrialist.
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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.
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.
2008
Susannah Brody portrays Rebecca Lukens, America's first woman industrialist. This living history presentation takes place on the porch of Terracina, the house Rebecca built for her daughter Isabella upon Isabella's marriage to Dr. Charles Huston.
2004
Susannah Brody portrays Rebecca Lukens, America's first female industrialist. This living history presentation took place on the porch of Terracina, the house Rebecca had built for her daughter Isabella upon her marriage to Dr. Charles Huston.

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