Steel Plant Museum

WBFO file photo

Even with the passage of 35 years, Noel Varela has all-too-vivid memories of December 27, 1982. On this day, Bethlehem Steel announced plans to shut down nearly all steelmaking operations at its Lackawanna Plant within six months.

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A Buffalo State graduate student's work is part of a special exhibit opening Friday night at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York. The project is in honor of the former Bethlehem Steel Administration Building in Lackawanna, which was recently torn down.