NISHM Steel Worker's Memorial
National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum

With its beginnings in the early 19th century, the iron and steel industry played a key role in transforming both Pennsylvania and the nation. Coatesville, Pennsylvania is central to this important story. It was here, in 1825, that a female entrepreneur named Rebecca Lukens began managing the mill and created a successful iron-making operation on the Brandywine River.

Since that time, Coatesville has been the site of an unbroken chain of innovation and improvement in the making of iron and steel, from the rolling of plate for America's first iron-hulled vessel in 1825, through improvements in the making of armor plate steel that helped America defend itself in war, to innovations in steel technology that provided the framework of many modern skyscrapers including the World Trade Center. The entrepreneurial creativity of the early steel pioneers has continued right up to the present day in Coatesville. 


Events

Rebecca Lukens
Meet Rebecca Lukens
6 PM to 8 PM | $5/Person, Members Free


Celebrate the anniversary of Rebecca Lukens' birth by meeting the woman herself (as portrayed by Susannah Brody).

Rebecca will tell you a little about her life as a female ironmaster. Then it will be up to you, the audience, to guide the conversation with your own questions and comments.

This is the perfect opportunity to converse with Rebecca!

Light Refreshments Served



Black History Month Lecture
6 PM to 8 PM | $5/Person, Members Free

Join us for our Black History Month lecture.

Light Refreshments Served 



Quilt
Pieces and Patterns: Quilt History and Chester County
Ellen Endslow, Director of Collections at the Chester County Historical Society, presents a program about quilts made in Chester County.

Ellen looks at materials, construction, and styles and how they are similar or different to quilts made elsewhere. Several quilts made by the Lukens/Huston family will be on display.

6 PM to 8 PM | $5/Person, Members Free

Light refreshments served