COATESVILLE, Pa., May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Graystone Society's National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum is proud to announce the appointment of their president, Scott G. Huston, to the Board of the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau. Mr. Huston is a native of Chester County, growing up in Chester Springs and currently residing in Berwyn. He is a 1991 graduate of Episcopal Academy, then in Merion, Pennsylvania. He received his BA in History and Economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1995.
Scott Gardner Huston's heritage is steeped in history. He is a great, great, great, great grandson of Rebecca Pennock Lukens, one of the founders of Lukens Steel and our nation's first female industrialist. As President of the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum, Mr. Huston's goal is to educate youth and visitors about the role that steel plays in our nation's history.
The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM) finds its home in the Lukens National Historic District in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. A milestone for the museum came in April 2010. Five hundred tons of World Trade Center steel tridents known as "trees" (originally manufactured at Lukens Steel in Coatesville during the late 1960's) came "home" via a 28 tractor-trailer convoy, creating an unforgettable processional. "People go up to the trees and pat them gently - with respect and reverence," says Huston. "Most come away visibly moved, and many cry. I've had 9/11 first-responders tell me that when they touch the steel, they feel a tremendous connection to what is a very emotional day in our nation's history. This steel obviously has a big story to tell. And our goal is to give it a voice." Huston, along with NISHM past President, Eugene DiOrio, orchestrated the deal which brought the steel "trees" back to Coatesville.
Beyond serving as President of the Graystone Society and the museum, Mr. Huston's primary job is as Executive Director of The Stewart Huston Charitable Trust. As Executive Director, it is his duty to interview and explore the charities that apply to the Trust for annual grants. "I can tell you that some of the most illuminating moments of my professional life have come from meeting the grantees of the Trust. There are many people in the world and Chester County who do amazing things to help their fellow man, all with little fanfare or notoriety. The inroads many of the grantees have made, with the help of the Stewart Huston Trust are truly awe-inspiring. We feel privileged and honored to be a part of their process." The Trust work also takes him to Savannah, Georgia, home of his great-grandmother Annie MacGregor Stewart. Savannah has a rich history, with a strong and growing tourism industry.
Mr. Huston is also the current President of Huston Properties; an organization that leases commercial office space in the historic buildings within the Lukens National Historic District. His role as caretaker of the past is one he takes very seriously, "When I come to work here at the Lukens Executive Office Building, I feel honored to be working in these offices, surrounded by history and memorabilia. Just knowing that many of the hard-working people of Lukens Steel worked here before me is something very special. If you can go to work in a place of beauty and history, I think it makes all the difference in your work day," says Huston. "With this good fortune, also comes the huge responsibility of managing an annual budget of $1.5 million."
Mr. Huston's early work-life started him on the path of giving back to his community. He was a consultant for Handi-Crafters in Thorndale, PA, developing fund-raising strategies. He also worked on the Judicial Selection-Monitoring Program in the Center for Law and Democracy at the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation in Washington, DC. Mr. Huston has also served on many boards (past and present) including: Chester County Historical Society, Chester Springs Studio, Handi-Crafters, Primitive Hall Foundation, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Historic Huston Properties, Huston Foundation, Independence Hall Association, the Chester County Iron & Steel Heritage Region Task Force, and Episcopal Academy's Development Committee.
The Graystone Society, which operates the museum, was created in 1984 to help preserve the city's historic architecture and assists with municipal improvement and economic development through preservation. The Graystone Society is named for Graystone Mansion, part of the Lukens National Historic District, which is the home of the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum. One focal point of the museum is the World Trade Center steel "trees". The museum also endeavors to tell the story of the people, places, products and processes that made Coatesville an outstanding center of the iron and steel industry in the United States. For information and touring reservations, please contact the Graystone Society at 610-384-9282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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