Bethlehem Steel

September 16, 2020
7:00pm Eastern Time
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This EMMY Award-winning documentary was originally produced in 2003 when the emotions were still raw and the loss of an industrial icon was fresh in the minds of the community. Bethlehem Steel: The People Who Built America, tracks the amazing history of Bethlehem Steel from a booming multi-national company to a historic landmark in south Bethlehem. Meet the workers who helped build America and discover the legacy left behind by the corporation.

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Bethlehem Steel Introduction

Lehigh Valley Public Media

Bethlehem Steel Introduction - Grover Silcox

Bethlehem Steel: The People Who Built America

See how Bethlehem Steel, once a thriving corporate giant headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, became a historic icon, leaving behind relics of an era throughout the city.

Bethlehem Steel Donation

74min 42sec



  • Grover Silcox

    Grover is a journalist, host, and on-air personality at Lehigh Valley Public Media and will be the moderator of the panel discussion.

  • Curtis H. "Hank" Barnette, former CEO and Chairman of Bethlehem Steel

    Curtis H. “Hank” Barnette is a lawyer, businessman, educator, philanthropist, and Chairman Emeritus of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He first joined Bethlehem Steel as an attorney in 1967, became General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Senior Vice President and Director before serving as the company’s Chairman and CEO from 1992 to 2000. Hank and his wife, Joanne, have been philanthropic and volunteer leaders for decades in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Connecticut, and elsewhere. In the Lehigh Valley, he is currently a Moravian College Trustee, Director of Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Vice Chair of the Bethlehem World Heritage Commission, member of the Rotary Club of Bethlehem, the Lehigh Valley Partnership, and Chairman Emeritus of the National Museum of Industrial History.

  • Don Cunningham

    Don Cunningham is President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). Prior to leading the region’s economic development organization, Cunningham served in a variety of key public and private positions for three decades in the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania. He was twice-elected Mayor of Bethlehem, twice-elected Lehigh County Executive, and the appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of General Services in Governor Ed Rendell’s administration.

  • Andria Zaia

    Andria Zaia is the Curator of Collections at the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) in Bethlehem, PA. She's played a pivotal role in content development and project managing in the opening of two large area museums and cultural institutions: NMIH in 2016 and in the 2010 opening of the Sigal Museum of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society (NCHGS) in Easton, PA.

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