The Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation was originally founded in 1993 as the Jeannette Blast Furnace Preservation Association, Inc., as a project to preserve Youngstown's last standing blast furnace plant as an historic site. That original effort failed in its primary goal but did manage to acquire and preserve the Tod Engine. In 2003, the JBFPA was disbanded and its assets transferred to the Tod Engine Foundation. Later in 2009, we changed our name to the Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation to better reflect our mission of the preservation of the Youngstown area's steel industry history and heritage.
The activities of Youngstown Steel Heritage primarily focus on the construction and operation of a steel industry museum at 2261 Hubbard Road in Youngstown, OH. This museum seeks to recreate the experience of visiting a working rolling mill power house, as well as providing a venue for ongoing hands-on steel and ironmaking demonstrations. YSH has also amassed a large collection of steel industry related documents and artifacts which will form the nucleus of an extensive steel industry archives and library to be built at the Hubbard Road facility.
We host two open houses per year, the first Saturday in June and the second one in September on whatever Saturday falls closest to September 20. In 2014, our open houses are on June 7 and September 20. Private visits can also be arranged at any time for small or large parties.
Board of Directors:
J. Richard Rowlands, Founder and President
Rich Rees, Vice President
Zara C. Rowlands
David Tod II
Mailing Address: 2261 Hubbard Road, Youngstown, OH 44505