Industrial museum pays tribute to steel and glass industries

Date: 18 January 2012
I was recently taken on a tour of the new Beaver County Industrial Museum in Darlington by its chairman, Don Inman.

The history of the glass and steel industry is the focus for this new museum. It was previously located on the campus of Geneva College in Beaver Falls and has an extensive collection of documents, photographs, slides, movies, videos and articles from various periods in the history of the steel and glass industry in the county.

The growing collection of material overwhelmed the college and a new site was needed. Among the locations considered were sites in Beaver Falls, the Rochester riverfront and the former United Steelworkers Local 1212 union building in Midland.

However, because of the expense of the project and the difficulty in raising funds in these economic times, it was deemed best to purchase property in Darlington next to some similar museums built by the Little Beaver Historical Society.

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