The Bessemer Historical Society is actively recording and collecting the tales of CF&I from people like you! These oral histories capture the individual and collective memories of the steel mill, mining towns, and Bessemer neighborhood. Along with paper, photo, and film documentation of the CF&I, oral histories are an important part of preserving the history of the corporation for future generations. Stories about growing up in Bessemer, working in the mines, mills, or administrative building, and any other stories relating to CF&I and Bessemer are very welcome. Accounts passed through generations are also welcome!
Blast Furnace Crew after recording an oral history, January 17, 2012.
Here are a few sample clips from recent oral history recordings. We will have an expanded selection available soon!
Blast Furnace Crew #1, January 17, 2012: Blast furnace workers discuss the importance of every man working the furnace.
Blast Furnace Crew #2, January 17, 2012: Blast furnace workers discuss the dangers of the job.
Matt Peulen #1, April 10, 2012: Matt Peulen talks about the immigrant experience.
Weld Shop Crew #1, March 23, 2012: Weld shop workers discuss the recreational softball games.
Mona Grisham #1, June 14, 2012: Mona Grisham talks about her experience as a trapeze artist in the "Steel Y"
If you have a story to share about your life or the life of a loved one, please fill out the form below. You may also make an appointment by calling the CF&I Archives at 719-564-9086 to record an oral history.