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Bessemer Historical Society

Preserve the historic records of Colorado's steel working and coal mining communities. The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) touched the lives of tens of thousands of people all over the west. Preserve your past, invest in the future of the next generation. Enterprise Zone tax credits available.

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Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Families
Single Parents

Description

Education is a primary focus. Through school tours, after-school, weekend and summer camps, and outreach programs, we work with kindergarten through post-graduate students, and life-long learners, to educate the public about subject areas related to the industrial history of the West, and to the technology, engineering and medical fields that CF&I pioneered.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Full attendance and satisfactory evaluations.

Steelworks Museum

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
General Public
Single Parents
Teachers

Description

The Steelworks Museum is housed in the former CF&I Medical Dispensary. It features exhibits related to all facets of the steel making and coal mining history of the industrial West, including the history of mining, labor history, history of steel production, railroad history, as well as history of Pueblo and Colorado with special emphasis of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company's impact on the region.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Successful grant awards from the State Historical Fund have moved our long term construction goals forward. Grants from CDOT have furthered our short term goals. and statistics show that our educational programs are growing.

Steelworks Archives

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Families
General Public
Teachers

Description

In January 2003 the Bessemer Historical Society, now the Steelworks Center of the West, received the donation of the vast collections of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, from Rocky Mountain Steel Mills, a division of Oregon Steel. The CF&I Collection includes over 100,000 photographs, 228 motion picture films, 30,000 maps and drawings, thousands of ledgers, and internal publications such as Camp and Plant, The Industrial Bulletin, and The Blast.

These are in addition to the core collection of approximately 6000 cubic feet of records documenting CF&I's steel production, iron and coal mining, geological records, labor relations, land and water resources, employee records, invoices and work orders, executive memoranda, correspondence, and much more, documenting every aspect of the company's rich history.

In 2014 the name was changed to the Steelworks Archives to reflect its role in collecting and preserving the history of the entire industrial West. The Archives mission is to appraise, collect, organize, provide access, and preserve archival materials and secondary resource materials illustrating the origins, growth and development of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, its previous incarnations, its subsidiary companies and corporations, and related industrial activities in the American West: To provide appropriate conditions and facilities for the retention, protection, and preservation of these records: To provide regular reference services and access to individuals, organizations, or other groups interested in the collections: and to encourage the use of the collection and to increase the public awareness and appreciation of the steel making and coal mining history through publications, exhibitions and other outreach programs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Completion of a number of projects including those of family, industrial and work history.

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