Block and Pennsy

“These communities have been erased.” Nicole Martinez-LeGrand, Multicultural Collections Coordinator, Library and Archives Division, Indiana Historical Society. Transcript for Block and Pennsy In the 1920s you have this curious, fabulous mix of people from all different backgrounds – middle class, low class – all coming and mixing in the confines of Block and Pennsy. […]

Not Newcomers

“The Latinx communities have been instrumental both as workers, as community members, as beacons of cultural institutions.” Historian Emiliano Aguilar, doctoral student Northwestern University Transcript for Not Newcomers I think one of the most important things to know about the Latinx communities in Northwest Indiana is that these are not newcomers. This is not a […]

How We Ended Up Coming to Gary

“It was the dirtiest place in the mill. But I guess they made a decent salary. So he encouraged my father to leave Florida and move to Gary.” Transcript for In My Own Skin We grew up in the neighborhood that was near Pulaski School. My grandfather lived in the neighborhood. He didn’t live on […]

Bethlehem Gave Up the Ghost

“We saw the writing on the wall, we knew it was coming.” Produced by Rich Elliott. Transcript for Bethlehem Gave Up the Ghost Bethlehem Steel’s a conglomeration of other steel plants that were merged or brought in from other areas. And it was all back east—you had Maryland, you had New York, you had Pennsylvania. […]

I Was All Over That Mill

“I got to watch that. This was big for me. It was something that I just dearly loved…” Produced by Rich Elliott. Transcript for I Was All Over That Mill Bethlehem Steel had just opened up this whole new steel mill just a few miles away, and I always wanted to get into the engineering […]

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

“The guy who was over the department…said that I might have some problems because they had never had anybody black in the office.” Transcript for Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained When I graduated from high school, I got a job working for a realtor in Gary on 19th and Broadway. And while I was working there, […]

Competition Came In

“What happened with the steel industry is foreign steel.” Edited by Rebecca Werner. Transcript for Title of Story Bethlehem Steel supposedly came to the Midwest and moved into U.S. Steel’s territory, supposedly after U.S. Steel had moved into one of Bethlehem’s territories, I think, in the South. So the competition was there. There was a […]

It’s the American Dream

“We were good workers, and we did our job well, but we didn’t have a passion. You have to have a passion in life.” Transcript for It’s the American Dream You come here for work, and you work in the steel mills, and it’s simple as that. I mean, my grandpa worked in the steel […]