Saints and Sinners is Back!

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 begins with brunch and a presentation at the Steelworks Museum, where you will receive 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 is on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10:00 am at the Steelworks Museum. Participating churches are open from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, and the taverns are open from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Please feel free to visit the Steelworks Museum or one of our sponsors as you make your way around town.

Click here to purchase tickets!

The price of year’s event is $25, and includes brunch (breakfast burritos!), admission to the Steelworks Museum, a presentation from Pueblo Community College history professor Brad Bowers, and a full-page informational booklet. We have also partnered up with Pueblo-area Uber drivers to make this year’s event safe and easy. If you’ve never used the Uber ride sharing service before, our staff will be on hand to assist you and your first ride will be free! In addition to all of this, guests will be supporting 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!

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Free Science Saturday is Back!

The Steelworks Center of the West will present a Free Science Saturday program on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 at the Steelworks Museum for students in grades 1-6 and their adult helpers.

Participants will investigate the science of chemistry and how scientists use chemistry in the steelmaking process. The emphasis on states of matter will be the focus of the hands on experiments, including experiments in solids, liquids and gases.

This month’s program is sponsored by the Pueblo Draw Club.

Although this event is free, space is limited.  Please call (719) 564-9086 ext. 110 or contact us here on our website to reserve your spot.

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 Your membership supports educational programming, museum exhibits, and our efforts to preserve the historical documents and artifacts of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.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 Now Under Construction

After years of planning and a lot of patience, construction of the Steelworks Park has finally begun!  The groundbreaking ceremony for the Steelworks Park, located north of the Steelworks Museum at 215 Canal Street, was held on June 19. Be sure to keep your eyes on our north parking lot adjacent to Interstate 25 between now and September, when construction is scheduled for completion. You might catch a glimpse of our construction crews moving some very large artifacts, such as a Davenport locomotive and a 130 ton ladle, from the grounds of the steel mill to the new park. In a 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 begins soon, 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.

Lesson plans from for the film Forging the West, from HaveyPro Cinema and Historic Pueblo, Inc., can be found in the links below. If you have any questions about these plans or about the ways in which this film can be used as an educational tool, please contact us here on our website or give us a call at 719-564-9086 x108.

History Focus: Grades 2-7

Science Focus: Grades 2-7

History Focus: Grades 8-12

Science Focus: Grades 8-12

New Exhibit: Everything For Everybody

For more than 50 years, the Colorado Supply Company operated in Pueblo just a few blocks west of the CF&I steelworks and managed branch outlets in the company mining districts. Offering items for sale including clothing, pharmacy, hardware, groceries, baked goods, and a newsstand, the store served as a “one stop shop” for employees and their families. This exhibit highlights the history of the store using collections from private collectors, the Pueblo County Historical Society, and the Steelworks Center of the West, and features dozens of 3-dimensional 1920s and 1930s period pieces similar to those once sold in the store.

The exhibit is on display now, but you can join us on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 11:00-2:00 as we formally open “Everything for Everybody: The Colorado Supply Company Store” exhibit. Light refreshments will be served.

Forging the West DVDs Now Available

DVDs of the new documentary from Havey Pro Cinema and Historic Pueblo, Inc., Forging the West, are now available for pre-order!

The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) began production in 1872 and grew to become the largest steel mill in the Western United States and a firm of enormous importance to the industrialization of the American West. The first steel mill west of the Mississippi River, CF&I also played a pivotal role in the tumultuous history of American labor relations. By the turn of the 20th Century the company was the largest private landowner and the largest employer in Colorado. CF&I mines and mining towns operated throughout the West, while subsidiary companies stretched from Massachusetts to California. Its mills in Pueblo, Colorado provided iron and steel products for agriculture, transportation, mining and other industforgingthewestdvdries critical to western development. The company fueled immigration of ethnic groups to work in its mines and mills, playing an important cultural role in diversifying a burgeoning population.
Copies of the film are now on sale at the Steelworks Center of the West, 215 Canal St., Pueblo, CO 81004. The cost is $24.99+tax, and proceeds go to help us preserve the history of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co., Pueblo, and the industrial west.  They make a great holiday gift!

 

You Can Still Give!

To our supporters:

During this holiday season I’m asking for your generous support for the Steelworks Center of the West. Your contributions go a long way toward making our work possible, and are tax deductible as a donation to a nonprofit organization.

I’m very excited about our programs and projects and even more optimistic for 2017. Here are some of the activities now underway or planned for the upcoming year.

  • Educational programming continues as a mainstay of our activities for students from kindergarten through college. Thousands of elementary students toured the museum to learn the history of CF&I and its connection to their heritage. Monthly Free Science Saturdays are a family learning experience serving hundreds of kids this year with hands-on experiments to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. And interns from CSU-Pueblo are creating exciting online projects using materials from our archives collections.
  • We’re excited to be working on a new major museum exhibit to tell the story of energy in the West. The centerpiece of the exhibit will feature artifacts and large machinery rescued from the Black Hills Energy 5&6 power plant, to illustrate the history of coal-fired electrical generation. The current exhibit in our Special Exhibits Hall interprets the history of the CF&I Company Stores. This exhibit was made possible through collaboration with the Pueblo County Historical Society.
  • I’m especially pleased to announce that we’ve signed a contract with Ancestry.com. They will digitize, index and make accessible online 460,000 employee records from the expansive Steelworks Archives’ CF&I Collection. The Ancestry.com contract provides us with ten free licenses to their subscription database, so we are building a family history research center to provide free access to Ancestry.com for Steelworks Center members.
  • Would you like to see Colorado’s 27th National Landmark in Pueblo? We’re working with the National Park Service to have the Steelworks Center property declared just that! This would be a great distinction for Pueblo. The designation will be based on the CF&I steel mill’s contribution to the industrialization of the West. We expect a decision from the Park Service in late 2017 or early 2018.
  • Have you been wondering what that orange fence around our north parking lot is all about? We’re really close to finally beginning construction of the Steelworks Park, a roadside promenade featuring large artifacts and machinery from the steel mill, as well as a larger than life bronze steelworker statue. We’re hoping this will attract many more travelers off I-25 and into Pueblo.

If you’d like your donation to be designated to support educational programming, the Steelworks Museum, or the Steelworks Archives, please note that in your Colorado Gives donation. If not, your donation is appreciated to help keep the lights on, maintain and insure our buildings and grounds, and to pay a very dedicated and hardworking staff. Thanks in advance for your support!

Most sincerely,

Tim Hawkins

Executive Director

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