Especially at Bessemer Historical Society DBA Steelworks Center of the West! Did you know that if each of our members donated as little as $35, we would raise well over $10,000!? It’s simple, for the same amount you spend on certain items each week or month, you (yes you!), can help keep our doors open and the history of CF&I alive for generations to come. Here is a breakdown:
$35 can purchase . . .
8 Starbucks lattes
4 months of Netflix
1 month of Cricket Wireless
9 months of unlimited New York Times
10 boxes of Oreos
3 Simple Green juice press drinks
10 Subway Subs of the Day
3 Yankee Candle small jar candles
$35 can help support BHS by . . .
Keeping our lights on, water running and staff paid every month.
Allowing 10 students the opportunity to tour the Steelworks Museum and making lifelong memories relating to CF&I’s importance in the industrial West.
Purchasing archival boxes to help staff catalog and preserve the vast collection of CF&I documents stored at our facility in perpetuity.
. . . and so much more!
Bessemer Historical Society was formed in the summer of 2000 to provide permanent care for the archival collection, artifacts, and historic buildings of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I). A concerned group of citizens realized the danger of losing the Minnequa Works Office Complex, and the CF&I archival collections, to irreparable damage from neglect and lack of adequate preservation measures, or to the potential for the collections to be donated to a distant repository. In June, 2000, these community members, in collaboration with representatives from the City of Pueblo, the County of Pueblo and the State of Colorado, created the Bessemer Historical Society (BHS), a 501(c)(3) organization, to preserve the buildings and documentary remains of CF&I. Nearly 100,000 photographs, over 30,000 maps and drawings, 1,200 rolls of microfilm, thousands of financial ledgers, and 228 historic 16mm films have been preserved and made accessible at basic levels since. The Steelworks Museum was opened in 2007 and serves as the interpretive center for CF&I history. Steelworks Center of the West was established in 2014 to integrate all of our museum, archives and education programs.
We are always looking for volunteers, but if you are really busy (who isn’t?) you can always send a monetary donation. The best part? Donations of $250 or more qualify for the Colorado Enterprise Zone tax credit. Please be sure to include your email address and the last 4 of your SSN or your FEIN number on the checks memo line. Mail checks to Steelworks Center of the West, 215 Canal St., Pueblo, CO 81004.
Donate to Bessemer Historical Society DBA Steelworks Center of the West online
It’s now even easier to donate to Bessemer Historical Society DBA Steelworks Center of the West! There are several online options:
Click the Donate button on this website and make your contribution known! Choose a one-time donation or make your gift recurring.
Text GIVESWC to 71777
Pledge to donate and then when it’s convenient for you, complete the donate process. Pledge to give monthly or one-time.
On Dec. 4, 2018 visit www.coloradogives.org/PuebloCountyGives/organizations (Bessemer Historical Society) to join with others all over Colorado during this day of giving!