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!