Reflecting on a Decade of Change

on June 17, 2022 Behind the Scenes, Bethlehem Steel, Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project, Industrial Heritage, Updates, Women of Steel and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments
A diverse group of former steelworkers stand inside the BMI's Decker Gallery. Former Sparrows Point steelworkers gathered inside the museum on June 5, 2022. Photo by Mary Braman.

by Auni Gelles Spring 2022 marked a decade since steelmaking ceased at the Sparrows Point steel mill. Founded by the Pennsylvania Steel Company in the 1890s, this Baltimore County mill reached its peak production in the 1950s and was once the largest steel plant in the world. Often associated with Bethlehem Steel, the company that […]

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Women of Steel, Reimagined

on October 2, 2020 Behind the Scenes, Exhibits, Women of Steel and Tags: , , , with 0 comments
An illustration shows a black metal fence with an exhibit panel and a person reading A rendering of the Women of Steel exhibition by designer Danielle Nekimken

by Claire Mullins and Beth Maloney Towards the end of 2019, cultural institutions across the nation began announcing exhibitions and programs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. With our Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project—a multi-year initiative to preserve the stories of Baltimore’s steel […]

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Museums + Contemporary Issues

on October 10, 2019 Behind the Scenes, Updates and Tags: , , , , , , , with 0 comments
“The Big Graph.” Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary.

On September 9th, 18 staff members from the Baltimore Museum of Industry boarded a bus for Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. We took the day away from our desks to experience an historic site together so that we could learn from colleagues, see some inspiring museum exhibitions, and have time to reflect on what we […]

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