Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is hosting its second annual Preserving the Heritage, Sloss Silent Auction June 26 from 5-8 p.m. All proceeds will go toward phase II of the Sloss Boilers Preservation Project.
These unique boilers provided the steam that powered over 90 percent of the site—steam essential for powering the enormous blast furnaces responsible for making Sloss Furnaces one of the largest producers of pig iron in the world. Last year’s proceeds went towards phase I of the project—foliage removal and extensive roof repairs. Proceeds from phase II will go toward structural and masonry repairs.
Auction items include unique pieces of Sloss Furnaces as well as items provided by local artists, photographers, merchants and organizations. Local artists Bethanne Betherd Hill, Byron Sonnier, Doug Baulos and John Wilson are using actual pig iron bars cast at Sloss to create four unique pieces of art that represent their own individual style.
Live music by will be provided by The New Grass Troubadors and light hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer will be served.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.slossfurnaces.com or by calling 324-1911. In addition to benefiting the Sloss Boilers Preservation Project, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for the April 27 tornado recovery.