GRAYSTONE SOCIETY INC

National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum

aka National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum   |   Coatesville, PA   |  www.steelmuseum.org
This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Nonoperating Foundation (This organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity, and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.).

Mission

The Graystone Society is a not-for-profit educational institution focused on broadening an understanding of the iron and steel history of Coatesville, Chester County, southeastern Pennsylvania and the region, to audiences of all ages and interests, by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting iron and steel's history, as well as contributing to its local economies in a meaningful way. Our goal is to further the iron and steel legacy by providing educational programs to visitors, schools and the public. As a viable museum we function as an agent for both the preservation and education of the industry's history and technology, focusing particularly on Lukens Steel's achievements, and now more broadly on the national steel industry as a whole.

Ruling year info

1986

President

Scott G Huston

Vice President/Treasurer

Peter M Nunn

Main address

50 S 1ST Ave

Coatesville, PA 19320 USA

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EIN

22-2601403

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Value-Added of the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum  It will preserve and interpret one of America's and Pennsylvania's great stories of enterprise and innovation  It will give residents of Coatesville a renewed sense of pride in their individual and collective role in this important story  It will establish educational partnerships with local schools to use the story of iron and steel as the focus of innovative, experiential, curriculum-driven school programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math  It will create a new cultural center and cultural park that will be the center of many innovative, community based programs in the arts and culture in Coatesville  It will create a powerful cultural tourism attraction that will contribute significant economic benefits to the Coatesville, Chester County, and Pennsylvania by bringing 50,000 to 100,000 visitors to the city annually  It will create 50 to 100 jobs

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lecture Series

Educational program for all ages which is comprised of six lectures annually, including Rebecca Lukens' living history, Black History, Women's History, regionally important events, and iron and steel related lectures.

Population(s) Served
Adults

High School and College student internships

Population(s) Served

Regional locations of historic significance

Population(s) Served
Adults

Coatesville Remembers: September 11;
Lukens Reunion Barbecue and Service Pin Awards;
Holiday Open House
Sundays with Santa

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Rebecca Lukens Award honors individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens in the modern day (leadership, resilience, courage and strategy).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Free Community event

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum of the Graystone Society is a vibrant place where people encounter, explore and learn about the past. In pursuit of this vision, The Graystone Society will:

• Identify, collect and exhibit significant historical materials related to the iron and steel history of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the region.
• Provide leadership in the responsible preservation of and public access to these historical materials.
• Present exhibitions that use historical materials to enrich the public's understanding of and appreciation for the iron and steel heritage of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
• Serve diverse audiences through a variety of learning formats.
• Promote pride in both individual and community heritage.
• Maintain mutually beneficial relationships and alliances with educational institutions, the business community and civic organizations.

As a nation whose future is tied to innovation, we need to develop the capacity of all young people to generate original ideas and have the confidence to act on them. As most learning opportunities happen outside of the school day, students need to develop the skill to learn independently. Museums run on a different learning style with non-traditional teaching roles -- where children are in charge of their own learning. A perfect place for them to learn from the past, act in the present, and change the future.

Engaging young hearts in doing the right thing should not be left to chance. Illustrating the role of hard work and applied values in their heritage instills pride and offers a way to envision the possible. We can make that connection.

Our members help to sustain our educational outreach. People of all ages want to connect, a chance to learn something new and a sense of purpose. Having a place to learn, to teach, to share, to come together, to appreciate art -- matters.

Community
Turning potential into real economic development for the Coatesville area would mean: more investing, more shoppers, more jobs -- economic vitality. We have had a stake in Coatesville for over 200 years. We are not done yet. As the Iron & Steel Museum reaches its potential as a tourist destination, it will without a doubt encourage economic development.

What We Are Doing in the Community Today
Hosting the annual Coatesville Remembers: September 11 Commemoration
Recognizing community service with the Rebecca Lukens Award
Hosting the annual Steelworkers' Reunion Barbecue & Service Pin Awards
Recognizing volunteerism with the Eugene DiOrio Volunteer of the Year Award
Making use of the Lukens Historic District resources such as:

-leasing the upper floors of Graystone Mansion for a Harcum College campus
-hosting an eight-week Coatesville Youth Initiative Services Corps
-partnering with organizations, governments and individuals to make a positive impact in our community.

We feel that the impact and results of our programs and projects are well demonstrated in several ways: the rise of tourist visitation in the Lukens National Historic District and the continued influx of new visitors into the city; the education of visitors and residents alike who can see up close, some for the very first time, just a few of the many things which make our country great; the realization that Chester County's rich iron and steel heritage is a legacy in which to be proud.
Some of the indicators measured weekly are trends in income, membership, annual appeal, events, sponsorship, in-kind donations, grant applications, communications outreach, partnerships, marketing tools, and on-site and virtual visitors.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GRAYSTONE SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 1/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Huston

William T. Keen

Peter Nunn

Albert Giannantonio

Charles L. Huston III

Harry Lewis

Martha Skiadas

Gregory Cary

Scott Huston

Thomas Dean

Lisa Doan-Harley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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