Steel Day


The National Museum of Industrial History is hosting a special day of programming in celebration of Steel Day on Saturday, September 29th. An annual celebration in its 10th year, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction, Steel Day is dedicated to the structural steel industry and is the field’s largest educational and networking function, with events occurring all over the country.

The day kicks off at 11am with retired Bethlehem Steel employee Don Young presenting rare photographs of Bethlehem Steel from his extensive personal archive. In addition to co-authoring Bethlehem Steel: A Photographic History, Mr. Young spent 33 years working at the Bethlehem plant, and 56 years total working for Bethlehem Steel as an electric furnace melt department foreman. Running from 11am to 2pm, children and families will also be able to join in on the Steel Day fun with a special coloring activity featuring famous structures created using steel from Bethlehem Steel.

The event continues with a second presentation at 1pm titled “Iron & Steel…Today and Tomorrow,” with Trevor Shellhammer, a Lehigh University graduate with a B.S. and M.S. in metallurgy who went on to become the Foundry Division Manager at Bethlehem Steel, and later a Research Supervisor at the company’s Homer Research Labs and later joined Bethlehem Steel’s successor, Arcelor Mittal. Mr. Shellhammer now works as a consultant with ferrous and non-ferrous foundries across North America and is the former chair of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology’s Philadelphia chapter.

Closing out the day at 3pm, NMIH Historian Mike Piersa will reprise his popular presentation “Mapping the Growth of Bethlehem Steel.” During the discussion he will pull several historic maps of the Bethlehem, PA, plant of Bethlehem Steel from our archives and take a close look at them to trace the growth of the company. Patrons will have a chance to get up close and personal with rare artifacts and identify spots on the plant maps that mark long lost places such as tunnels, a residential neighborhood, and even an island.

All Steel Day activities are included in regular museum admission.