Date(s) - Oct 31st 2020
“Steelwalker” tours are back at SteelStacks, but are a taking on a slightly different format for now as the Hoover-Mason Trestle is currently closed to the public.
Starting Sept. 27 and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 27, former steelworkers will lead sidewalk tours through the Bethlehem Steel plant site. The tours start at 11:30 a.m., rain or shine, and leave from the plaza outside the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH), 602 E. Second St., Bethlehem. Free parking is available in the lot across the street from the museum.
The steelworker guides will take guests on a multi-faceted journey — from the evolution of iron making in the Lehigh Valley to the history of the Bethlehem Plant from its opening to closing, including its importance in World Wars I and II. Along the way, guests will learn about the remaining buildings on the plant site, life in the ethnic neighborhoods surrounding the plant, and what life was like working at the plant. The 1-plus hour tour concludes with a question-and-answer session.
Tickets are $15 per person and free for ages 12 and under. Scheduling is available online only at this time at www.steelstacks.org. Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour to maintain social distancing; face masks are required. For more information, contact the Steelworkers’ Archives at 610-861-0600.