A Day in the Life: Woman of Steel

on November 24, 2020 Exhibits, Industrial Heritage, Oral history, Stories and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments
A black and white photo shows five women meeting to discuss union issues. Meeting of the Women of Steel, 2005. Left to right: Kathy Garrison, Deb Watnoski, Sharon Pritchard, Kathy Hamilton, Gail Fleming. Courtesy of Kathy Garrison.

Interview by Deb Weiner Kathy Garrison started working at Bethlehem Steel in 1976, not long after a consent decree required the company to stop discriminating against women and minorities. She chaired the Women of Steel group from 2004 to 2012, when the plant shut down. Here are edited excerpts from her recent interview with BSLP […]

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Sparrows Point Shipyard: 100 years of shipbuilding

on May 8, 2020 Behind the Scenes, Stories and Tags: , , , , , , , with 0 comments
This c. 1949 aerial photo illustrates the shipyard’s proximity to the steel plant.

By Ken Jones As mentioned in my previous posts on the Baltimore Yards and Fairfield Yard, I have been helping process and catalogue the BMI’s Bethlehem Steel collection. As I do my work, I find myself reading the materials or closely looking at the photos I am processing. I’ve become fascinated by this collection of […]

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Building a Community Collection

on April 20, 2020 Behind the Scenes, Oral history and Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , with 0 comments
The BMI’s Executive Director, Anita Kassof, shared this image of the museum’s Bethlehem Steel Whirley crane that was used at the Fairfield shipyard during WWII to build Liberty and Victory ships: “This was one of the last photos I took of the BMI’s campus before we closed for the coronavirus. I miss seeing the crane on the skyline each morning as I round the bend of Key Highway on my way to work.”

By Beth Maloney and Auni Gelles The Covid-19 pandemic has changed not only the nature of work for so many across our city but also the ways we are connecting, communicating, and staying close to one another. Even though the BMI is closed, we are working remotely and thinking about how to adapt our existing […]

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Story Sharing at Sollers Point

on June 21, 2019 Updates and Tags: , , , , , , , , , , with 0 comments
A special exhibition on Bethlehem Steel in the Turner Station History Center, curated by the Turner Station Conservation Teams

Mistrust. Pride. Cancer. Prosperity. Shock. Community. A series of striking contrasts emerged as themes throughout the BMI’s “A Mill on the Patapsco” story sharing program at the Sollers Point branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on June 5, 2019. As part of the museum’s commitment to community participation, we partnered with the library to […]

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Fixing the Problem with Iron

on June 3, 2019 Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project and Tags: , , , with 0 comments
A black and white photograph of the Bethlehem Steel mill at Sparrows Point, including railroads A 1940 photograph of the Sparrows Point steel mill by John Vachon, from the Library of Congress.

An overview of industrial steelmaking – by Jack Burkert Editor’s note: For another look at the steelmaking process, check out “Steel in the Making,” a brochure published by Bethlehem Steel and now housed in the BMI’s archives.   The railroads had a problem. From their earliest days in the 19th century, the rails their trains […]

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About the Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project

on May 8, 2019 Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project, Updates and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

We at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) are proud to unveil this blog, which will provide behind-the-scenes insights into our Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project (BSLP). Announced in late January, this multi-year initiative will include several different elements. One major goal is to create a permanent exhibition at the museum in 2021. Members of the […]

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Collecting, Conversing, and Collaborating

on May 8, 2019 Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project, Updates and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

April 2019 project update by Deb Weiner The success of the Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project depends on input from community members, so we jumped at the opportunity to present to Tradepoint Atlantic’s semi-annual meeting. The meeting typically draws around 200 people—former steelworkers, residents of nearby neighborhoods such as Dundalk, Turner Station, and North Point, and […]

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