A functioning workshop where historic steelmaking machinery is restored and operated as part of a living history exhibit on heavy industry in the Youngstown, Ohio area. The centerpiece of the collection is a 260 ton, 3,000 HP rolling mill steam engine that was built in Youngstown and powered a steel mill for sixty-five years. Outside of the museum, a narrow-gauge railroad demonstrates how railroads were used in the steelmaking process.
Founded in 1993 as Jeannette Blast Furnace Preservation Association,
Inc., the citizens of Youngstown sought to preserve their iconic landmark,
Youngstown’s last standing blast furnace, for future generations. While failing
in their initial goal, their efforts did manage to secure and successfully
preserve the Tod Engine.
In 2003, Jeanette Blast Furnace Preservation Association,
Inc. was disbanded, but all their properties were transferred over to the Tod
Engine Foundation, which itself was re-named to its current title of Youngstown
Steel Heritage Museum in 2009, to better reflect the organizations goal in
preservation of the steel industry’s history.
As of this writing, the museum itself is not fully
completed; however, an open house is held annually twice a year to allow
interested tourists a chance to stop by see the dozens of artifacts and pieces
of history already on display. Additionally, private visits can be arranged
year-round by any party, be it small or large.
Primarily, the group’s goal is the construction and
maintenance of a museum for future generations to get a better look at the
steel industry. Other goals of this museum include recreating the experience of
visiting an operational mill power house and providing a venue for hands-on
steel and iron-making demonstrations. The
museum has also amassed a significant collection of documents and artifacts
related to the history of the steel industry. In the future, the organization
also hopes to install an extensive archive and library related to the steel
industry, which is to be built at the Hubbard Road facility. Anyone interested
in the rich history of steel-work is encouraged to pay a visit.