Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project

About the Project

The Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project preserves the 125-year history of the steelmaking giant in Baltimore. From 1887 to 2012, the mill provided steady if dangerous work for tens of thousands of men and women. At its height, its Sparrows Point mill was the largest steel producer in the world.

The project honors the experiences of the men and women who worked at Bethlehem Steel, preserves the material record of steelmaking in Baltimore, and documents the mill’s dramatic rise and devastating fall.

The Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project is made possible by Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,250-acre global logistics center located at the site of the former steel mill.

Get Involved


Fire & Shadow is a new exhibition that highlights the story of Baltimore’s Sparrows Point steel mill, once the world’s largest producer of the world’s most important product.


Sparrows Point: An American Steel Story is a limited-edition podcast series that focuses on the history of the steel mill from its early years through its boom period in the 1950s and its decline in the late 20th century.


The From Point to Point blog provides behind-the-scenes insights into the BMI’s efforts to document the mill’s history and its enduring legacy.


Honor the legacies of the men and women who worked at Bethlehem Steel by purchasing an engraved brick to be placed in the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Bethlehem Steel Legacy Brick Garden.


Your gift to the Bethlehem Steel Legacy Fund will keep the stories of Baltimore’s Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point mill and its steelworkers living on.


The BMI houses an extensive collection of Bethlehem Steel materials, including archival materials, photographs, ship plans, and hundreds of original objects. Start your research online.


Join the BMI for a virtual or in-person public program about Bethlehem Steel, or watch an On-Demand recording of a past program.


The BMI is home to a 1942 Clyde Iron Works whirley crane, which once helped build Liberty and Victory ships at Bethlehem Steel’s Fairfield shipyard in Baltimore. Learn about the crane’s history and its dramatic restoration.


Do you have a Bethlehem Steel story to share, or an artifact or photograph to donate to the museum’s collection? If so, learn how you can get involved.

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