FREE Day at the Museum

As part of a larger collaboration between the city’s museums, with guidance from Historic Pueblo, Inc., the Steelworks Museum offers free admission on certain days throughout the year with the next one on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Come learn about the impact the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company had on the history and development of Pueblo and Southern Colorado, free of charge!

The Steelworks Museum features exhibits relating to historic mining and steelmaking, the unique and diverse Bessemer neighborhood, and the CF&I medical dispensary as it existed in the 1940’s. We also feature rotating exhibits that change every three to four months.

Call 564-9086 x108 or contact us here on our website to find out more.

For a list of 2018 partnering locations also offering free admission on the 28th, click here.

 

Speaker Series: Once Upon a Playground

Speaker Series: Once Upon a Playground

Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m., Union Depot, 132 W. B St.

Cost: $25/non-members, $22.50/members, hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided.

Author talk and presentation by Brenda Biondo, photographer and author of Once Upon a Playground, a celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920-1975.


Brenda Biondo

Memories of childhood, classic metal and wood structures that have populated playgrounds for most of the 20th century — towering metal slides, giant jungle gyms, whirling merry-go-rounds, bouncing seesaws — have become beloved artifacts.
For most Americans over the age of 30, they are parts of personal histories, as well as a tangible piece of the country’s cultural and industrial design heritage. Once Upon a Playground offers a visual tribute to these vanishing playgrounds of our past, celebrating their place in American culture and the collective memories of generations. – excerpt taken from eusa.org.

R.S.V.P. to courtney.woodka@steelworks.us, 719-564-9086, ext. 104.

Once Upon a Playground* Exhibit Reception:

5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018, Steelworks Center of the West, 215 Canal St.

*Images will be available for purchase.

Sponsored in part by: Rhéaume Family Trust

This is a fundraiser for Bessemer Historical Society, Inc. d.b.a. Steelworks Center of the West, proceeds benefit educational programming at the museum.

Second Science Saturday

We’re back with monthly fun science-themed activities!

Steelworks Center of the West, 215 Canal St., presents Second Science Saturday, a kids’ program focused on family learning with STEAM themes (science, technology, engineering, art and math) on Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. for students in grades 1-6 and their adult helpers.

Cost is $5/participant.

 

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please call (719) 564-9086 ext. 108 or email victoria.miller@steelworks.us.

Reservations MUST be made in advance for the event as space is limited.

To reserve a spot, call 564-9086, ext. 108, or email victoria.miller@steelworks.us. Deadline to register is Monday, May 7.

 

Give the gift of membership!

Family members hard to shop for?

Consider gifting friends or family members with a one-year membership to Steelworks Center of the West!

A membership to the museum allows for unlimited visits to the Museum; reduced fees for archival research; members only discounts on items in the Company Store Gift Shop; a members only quarterly newsletter; discounts on dinners and Coal Camp tours; discounted rental of the Bessemer community Room; exclusive members only events and the personal satisfaction of supporting a national treasure.

Active Military/Student/Senior (60 and over) memberships: $20

Dual Senior/Individual memberships: $35

Family membership (up to 6 people): $50

Business/Patron membership: $100

For more information or to purchase a membership as a gift, call 719-564-9086, ext. 104.

Faces of CF&I 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the 12th annual FACES of CF&I and took a step back in time with us in 2018! 

 

The Steelworks Center of The West would like to extend our thanks to our Faces 2018 sponsors:

Steel Partner:

 

Iron Ore Partners:

The Bob and Doris Johnston Foundation


Coal Partners:

Kathrine Thomson

   

Limestone Partners:

Saints and Sinners 2017

Thank you to all of the saints and sinners that made this year’s event on of our most successful ever!

Saints and Sinners is an annual event hosted by the Steelworks Center of the West. It is a self-guided tour of Pueblo’s historic churches (the Saints) and taverns (the Sinners) that began with brunch and a presentation at the Steelworks Museum, where guests received a full-page informational booklet with details about the event and historical information about the churches and taverns in this year’s line up. This year’s event included brunch (breakfast burritos!), admission to the Steelworks Museum, and a presentation from Pueblo Community College history professor Brad Bowers. All proceeds went to support our mission to preserve Pueblo’s unique steel-making history and our efforts to pass that legacy on to future generations. Check out the flyer below for more information, and thank you for your ongoing support!

Become a Member!

Consider becoming a member of the Steelworks Center of the West! Your membership supports educational programming, museum exhibits, and our efforts to preserve the historical documents and artifacts of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.

Student $20 |  Senior $20 |  Individual $35 |  Dual Senior $35  | Family $50 | Business/Patron $100

To join, you can either download this form and mail it in with your payment, fill out our online form, or come in to our museum.

For more information or to join by phone, call 719-564-9086. Thanks for your support!

Steelworks Park Dedication Ceremony

After years of planning and a lot of patience, construction of the Steelworks Park is finally complete!  The Steelworks Park Dedication Ceremony for the Steelworks Park, located north of the Steelworks Museum at 215 Canal Street, will be Friday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. Keep your eyes on our north parking lot adjacent to Interstate 25, you will see some very large artifacts, such as a Davenport locomotive and a 130 ton ladle. In addition to the locomotive and ladle, the park will also feature Mine Rescue Car No. 1, two coal carts, a large statue of a steelworker and shaded landscaping with flowers, shrubs, and benches.

Though construction has completed, we still need your help in completing this unique project. Please consider adopting a bench or purchasing a brick which, in addition to helping a great cause, will be an opportunity for you to honor a loved one (or a group of loved ones) that worked at the steel mill, St. Mary Corwin Hospital, or the Colorado Supply Company store. Thank you all very much for your ongoing support, and we hope to see you all there!

Adopt a Steelworks Park Bench!

The Steelworks Park is now under construction!

Parallel to I-25, just north of the Steelworks Museum, the Steelworks Park is being created with historic CF&I artifacts including a Davenport Engine from the Allen Mine, ore carts, 10 and 130 ton ladles, rollers, a Karymor merry go round, and a larger than life bronze sculpture of a steelworker. These artifacts will be surrounded by trees, bushes, signs, and with your help, benches.

Adopting a bench will be an opportunity to honor a loved one that worked at the steel mill, St. Mary Corwin Hospital, the Colorado Supply Company store, a family of CF&I workers, a labor union, or even an entire department. Tell your story at the Steelworks Park!

A full bench with your name can be purchased for $1,800, and half a bench can be purchased for $900. Click here to adopt a bench today! All donations to the Steelworks Center are tax deductible, please contact us here on our website to find out more.

The Colorado Supply Company Virtual Exhibit

The Colorado Supply Company virtual exhibit is now live! You can view this exhibit online by clicking on this link.

The Colorado Supply Company opened its first store in September 1888 at the mining camp of Rouse, and the chain grew and evolved over the next several decades. By 1904, there were 31 stores in operation in nearly every one of CF&I’s mining communities. By 1908 that number grew to 46, and they recorded almost $3 million in gross sales.

The supply store here in Pueblo, Colorado was originally located on the corner of Northern and Abriendo Avenues.  When the building opened March 10, 1902, an estimated 20,000 people attended. Some were attracted by the promise of commemorative souvenirs, and others were curious about what could be found in “Pueblo’s complete department store”  as it was advertised in local newspapers weeks prior to opening.  The store was a success, and heavy business in the spring of 1902 forced the store to move to a larger building on Baystate and Evans Avenues.

At its peak in the first decade of the 20th century, the Colorado Supply Company employed 135 people, and the Pueblo branch delivered goods all over town until it caught fire on January 15, 1953, and never reopened.

Learn more about the Colorado Supply Company here on our website, then come in to the museum and tour our physical exhibit that is going on now.