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National Museum of Industrial History Announces Corporate Partnership with PPL

Added on January 31, 2017 by admin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 31, 2017

National Museum of Industrial History Announces Corporate Partnership with PPL

BETHLEHEM, PA – The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) is pleased to announce that PPL Corporation has joined its annual Corporate Partners program with a generous contribution of $10,000.

PPL Electric Utilities Regional Affairs Director Carol Obando-Derstine and Senior Manager of Corporate Relations Lissette Santana presented the check to NMIH President and CEO Amy Hollander.

"At NMIH, we seek to preserve America's industrial past and the innovations of today to inspire the visionaries of tomorrow" said Hollander. "PPL's contribution and partnership will help ensure we can continue to educate our visitors and engage the next generation of inventors and achievers.

PPL Corporation was born in 1920 when eight utilities with 62 power plants serving central and eastern Pennsylvania merged into a single company called Pennsylvania Power & Light Co., which today is headquartered in Allentown, Pa. Today, PPL is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector with seven high-performing, award-winning utilities. They serve 10 million customers in the U.S. and United Kingdom and are dedicated to supporting the communities in which they live, work and serve.

"The support and participation of our industry leaders is essential to our mission," said L. Charles Marcon, NMIH Chairman of the Board. "We are pleased to count PPL, an organization with its own rich industrial heritage and a profound commitment to this community, as a partner."

"The success of PPL as a company is tied to the success of all the towns and cities it serves," said Santana. "We're proud to support organizations such as NMIH, whose vision inspires us and whose work is helping to bring to life the connection between industry and the community."

About the National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage. Restoring an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum will be home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history.

Glenn Koehler
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator


NMIH Launches Young Reader's Program

Added on January 4, 2017 by admin

Going Up!: Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top

by Monica Kulling

In 1818, seven-year-old Elisha was fascinated by farm machinery. As a young man, he tried a variety of ways to make a living, but nothing fired his imagination more than the job he found in a bed-frame factory. Soon he invented a machine that made frames four times faster than ever before. In 1852, while overseeing the construction of a new factory, he had to find a way to move heavy machinery to the second floor. He didn't trust the hoisting platform, so he invented a safety brake. It was so successful that rather than lift machine parts, Elisha decided to build "people-hoisting machines." In 1857, Elisha Otis installed his first successful passenger elevator in a five-story department store in New York City. Before Elisha's invention, buildings were never higher than six stories. At last it was possible to build skyscrapers!

The National Museum of Industrial History is excited to start its brand new Young Reader's Program. This engaging series features award-winning children's literature to educate and inspire younger generations with stories of industrial history. Each date will include a fun and interactive show and tell component.


Support for this program was generously provided by QNB Bank.


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