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.
Please join Dr. Thomas Legg as he explores "The Transition from wood to iron in the American maritime world in the 19th century"
Dr. Legg, Associate Professor of History at WestChester University, holds his doctorate from The College of William and Mary, a Master's in history from SUNY-Brockport, and his Bachelor's degree from SUNY-Courtland. Prior to coming to West Chester, he held positions at Mystic Seaport and Western Michigan University. His work has appeared in American Civil War Leadership and Naval War College Review.
Past recipients include: Mary Sullivan(2007), Jane Davidson(2008), Barbara Travaglini(2009), Gladys Flamer(2010), Nancy Penn Hannum(2011), Tammy Cansler(2012), Regina Horton Lewis(2013), Molly Morrison(2014), Mary Ann Rossi(2015), Barbara Cohen(2016), Francis Sheehan(2017), and Janet Klein(2018).
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.
Please join us as Dr. Anne E. Krulikowski from West Chester University talks about the Midvale Steel housing in Coatesville.
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!