Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is currently the only 20th-century blast furnace in the nation being preserved and interpreted as an industrial museum. Since reopening in 1983, Sloss Furnaces has become an international model for similar preservation efforts and presents a remarkable perspective of the era when America grew to world industrial dominance.
Today Sloss is not only dedicated to preservation and education but serves as a center for community and civic events. Site tours and public presentations provide insight into Sloss’s industrial heritage as well as a rare glimpse of an early Birmingham that has all but disappeared.
In a new pictorial history book by local author and curator Karen Utz, more than 200 vintage photographs honor the people responsible for the early development of the site as well as to the people responsible for saving and preserving Sloss. Sloss is an important reminder of the dreams and struggles of the people who worked in the industries that made Birmingham the “Magic City.”
The proceeds from the book benefit the Sloss Furnaces Foundation for preservation purposes.
Highlights of Sloss Furnaces:
• Focuses on the early immigrants who were instrumental in the settlement of the Birmingham area
• Reveals the hard work and ingenuity it took to build a southern industrial city
• Offers a glimpse into the South’s industrial heritage and proves that not all industry happened in the North
• Details the fight against state and local bureaucracy—all in the interest of preservation
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