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Continuing the historial outreach

The history of Weirton Steel and the Weirton community will have an opportunity to reach people from around the world, thanks to the efforts of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.

For more than 50 years, the Weirton Steel Employees Bulletin served as a window both into the company which built the Weirton community, but also the people who built the company and kept it going.

It became an important resource for our area.

In 2017, Dennis Jones, the museum’s director emeritus, contributed his own funds and time to digitize and watermark every page of every bulletin, from April 1934 to December 1989, storing the files on a computer located at the museum. Visitors are able to access the computer and search for information on a variety of events and even individuals who might have been featured in the publication.

Now, with assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, current executive director Savannah Schroll Guz will expand on the effort and make those digitized copies of the Bulletin available online.

Once complete, people from Weirton, the Tri-State Area, across the nation and around the world will be able to access the history of our community and its steel mill from their home computers or even their smartphones.

The preservation of our history is important, and we thank the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, its staff and volunteers for their continuing efforts to ensure our local history is available for local residents, and soon anyone else who might be interested.

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