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. 


Coatesville Remembers 9/11
8:30 am & 4:00 pm | Free Events

Join us on Wednesday, September 11th for a day of remembrance.

8:30 am to 10:30 am, NISHM’s program will include marking time of events that morning, words from local dignitaries, and music from members of the Lukens Band.

10:30 am to 4:00 pm, free admission to indoor exhibits and videos.

Lecture: Utopia for Workers: Housing and Planned Industrial Communities
6 PM| $5, NISHM Members Free 

Please join us as Dr. Anne E. Krulikowski from West Chester University talks about the Midvale Steel housing in Coatesville.

Holiday Open House
5 PM to 8 PM | Free  

Stroll through candle lit grounds, enjoy holiday refreshments, listen to carolers and the Lukens Band, tour beautifully decorated, historic buildings, shop at the museum store, share your child’s delight at the train display and be sure to slip your wish list to Santa!

2019 Rebecca Lukens Award Presentation