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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.

Contact
Glenn Koehler
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
gkoehler@nmih.org
610.694.6641

 

NMIH Launches Young Reader's Program

Added on January 4, 2017 by admin

National Museum of Industrial History Kicks Off New Year with Young Reader's Program

The National Museum of Industrial History is excited to start the New Year by announcing 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 that will be fun for the whole family. "I'm really excited not only to share the stories of inventors and inventions but the artifacts that bring those stories to life," said Kitsa Behringer, the museum's Educational Coordinator.  

The program kicks off this Saturday, January 7th with a special collaboration with the LV Cops 'n' Kids program and a reading of Monica Kulling's "All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine."  Following the book reading children and their families are invited to stick around for a special Show & Tell with artifacts from the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Support for this program was generously provided by QNB Bank.


For a full schedule of events and more information on the program visit http://nmih.org or call the Museum at 610-694-6644

About the National Museum of Industrial History
A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. The Museum's regular hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, students, and veterans with valid identification; and $9 for children ages 7-17. Children 6 and under are free. More information can be found at www.nmih.org.  For more information on NMIH please visit http://nmih.org or call 610-694- 6644.



NMIH Contact:

Glenn Koehler, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

gkoehler@nmih.org, 610.694.6641

 

National Museum of Industrial History Launches "Meet the Experts" Series

Added on October 3, 2016 by admin

The series continues on Saturday, November 19th with "Local Silk Story: A Look at the Silk Industry in the Lehigh Valley, with Martha Capwell-Fox"

 

 

National Museum of Industrial History Launches "Meet the Experts" Series

Ever wonder why the Lehigh Valley became a center for steelmaking, or are curious about the many mills still standing today, which were once home to the region's thriving silk industry? The National Museum of Industrial History is excited to announce its new "Meet the Expert" series, engaging and interactive programs that seek to answer these questions and more.

"The 'Meet the Expert' series is a perfect compliment to our Museum exhibits," said NMIH President and CEO, Amy Hollander. "These discussions will allow our visitors to explore different aspects of the industrial story, among them: the source of natural resources, the connections between industry and community, and the results of innovation." The series will feature experts spanning many fields, from archaeologists and historians to former Steelworkers and model makers. Kicking off the series will be a discussion led by Edward S. Henning on Saturday, October 15th at 11am titled, "Natural Resources that Influenced the Rise of Local Industry." The program will seek to connect the Lehigh Valley's rich deposits of raw materials and the industrial boom that occurred after their discovery.

Mr. Henning, a native of Easton, PA who now resides in Bethlehem Township, is an adjunct professor at Northampton County Community College who has assisted on U.S. Geological Surveys with Lehigh University and has assisted on archaeological digs with Temple University. He is also a published author of over 40 articles spanning archaeology, geology, and mineralogy. He serves as an advisor to the Honorable Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth, chief of the Lenape National of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society's Education Committee.

The series will take place on the third Saturday of each month at 11am and is included in the price of admission to the museum and free to Museum members. Continuing in November, the series will also touch on the topics of industrial model making, the local silk industry, and an insider's look at working as a rigger at the Bethlehem Steel.

For more information on the "Meet the Experts" Series visit http://nmih.org or call the Museum at 610-694-6644.

About the National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. The Museum's regular hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, students, and veterans with valid identification; and $9 for children ages 7-17. Children 6 and under are free. More information can be found at www.nmih.org. For more information on NMIH please visit http://nmih.org or call 610-694- 6644.


NMIH Contact:
Glenn Koehler, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
gkoehler@nmih.org, 610.694.6641

 

National Museum of Industrial History Joins Smithsonian Magazine's 12th Annual Museum Day Live!

Added on September 21, 2016 by admin

Contact:

Kristin Stiles, High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine

Museum Day Live!

Kristin@high10media.com, 212-918-2026

National Museum of Industrial History Joins Smithsonian magazine's 12th Annual Museum Day Live!
Free Admission on September 24, 2016, with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket

BETHLEHEM, PA — The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 24, 2016, as part of Smithsonian magazine's twelfth annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. 


Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian's commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year's event drew over 200,000 participants, and this year's event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

Set in the 100-year old former Bethlehem Steel Electric Repair Shop, the National Museum of Industrial History opened its doors to the public on August 2, 2016. The Museum houses four galleries whose themes showcase stories of local industry and their global reach. Visitors will have a chance to explore the Lehigh Valley's newest cultural attraction free of charge. Guided tours are available if reserved in advance for an additional fee. Reservations can be made by calling 610-694-6644.

"We are thrilled to be a part of Museum Day Live!," said Amy Hollander, NMIH President & CEO. "Visitors will see over 200 unique artifacts, have a chance to listen to first-hand accounts of workers, entrepreneurs, and activists and try their hand at a variety of interactives including lifting pig iron, carrying a bobbin board or taking a virtual hot air balloon ride."

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 24, 2016. One ticket per household is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2016 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Media is composed of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, Smithsonian Books and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution's interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian and CBS/Showtime. The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the Smithsonian annually.

About the National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. For more information on NMIH please visit http://nmih.org or call 610-694- 6644.
NMIH Contact:

Glenn Koehler, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

gkoehler@nmih.org, 610.694.6641 


 

National Museum of Industrial History Receives Grant from R.K. Laros Foundation

Added on August 19, 2016 by admin

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The National Museum of Industrial History, which opened its doors to pubic on August 2nd, 2016, is excited to announce the fulfillment of a $20,000 pledge from the R.K. Laros Foundation.  The grant is in support of an exhibit showcasing the rich history of silk production in the Lehigh Valley.

Founded in 1952, the R.K. Laros Foundation, Inc, a non-profit charitable trust, was established by Mr. Russell K. Laros and Mrs. Helen K. Laros. The Foundation was established to support community non-profit organizations serving the arts, education, the environment, health, historical preservation and public and human services.

"The R.K. Laros Foundation has been proud to be a supporter of the National Museum of Industrial History's endeavor to preserve and tell the story of our nation's industrial past. Since 2000 the foundation has invested in the museum's plans to specifically relate the part that textile manufacturing played in the 19th and 20th century dynamism of our country and of the Lehigh Valley," said R. Keller Laros, III, R.K. Laros Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman. "The Laros Silk Mills were founded in 1919 by my grandfather R.K. Laros and the foundation he established in 1952 continues to make a difference in the well-being of the community that he believed contributed so mightily to the success of Laros Industries. I join with our trustees to wish the NMIH leadership and staff best wishes as they open their doors. We are very glad to be a part of their important mission."

The silk exhibit at the National Museum of Industrial History showcases the innovative machinery from the 19th century that helped revolutionize silk production in the United States.  At the forefront of silk production in the Lehigh Valley were the Laros Silk Mills, which employed thousands of residents over four decades and set standards for silk production across the world.  "The history of both the local and national silk industry tells a compelling story of invention, innovation and social reform," said Amy Hollander, President and CEO of the National Museum of Industrial History. "The support of the R.K. Laros Foundation has enabled us to share that story through artifacts, oral histories and hands-on interactives."

The grant check was presented to NMIH President & CEO Amy Hollander in a small ceremony by R.K. Laros Foundation Trustees Diane Donaher, Robert Bilheimer and Laura Bennett Shelton.

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.

Contact

Glenn Koehler

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

gkoehler@nmih.org

610.694.6641

 

NMIH Now Open to the Public

Added on August 9, 2016 by admin

The National Museum of Industrial History opened its doors to the public on the morning of Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 following a short program and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The 30-minute program was attended by over 150 public officials, business leaders, educators, non-profit partners and community members. Speakers included:
    •    L. Charles Marcon

Chairman of the Board, National Museum of Industrial History
    •    John Gray

Director, National Museum of American History
    •    Charlie Dent

United States Congressman
    •    Robert J. Donchez 

Mayor of Bethlehem
    •    Jeremy Shuler & Dianne Caspersen

Liberty High School & Orefield Middle School
    •    Amy Hollander

President & CEO, National Museum of Industrial History

"With the official opening of the National Museum of Industrial History, we see the culmination of vision and perseverance to create what is sure to be a lasting homage to industry in the United States, both nationally and equally important, locally," said Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez. "This location, a former electrical shop on the former Bethlehem Steel site, is the perfect place for such an endeavor."

The museum's Board of Directors shared the duties of cutting the ribbon and were accompanied by two toots of a Bethlehem Steel Shift whistle generously donated by Mr. Robert Stocklas. Museum visitors lined up to purchase their tickets and view the museum for the first time. Among the more than 150 community members to visit the museum in the first hour were former steelworkers, young women from Girl Scout Troop 81084 of William Penn Elementary School, and members of the South Bethlehem Historical Society Board of Directors. The first 200 visitors received a special commemorative NMIH brass i.d. tag, much like those used by Bethlehem Steel employees.  

"The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History celebrates the opening of the National Museum of Industrial History, which builds upon a nearly 20-year partnership," said John Gray, Director of the National Museum of American History. "We look forward to the strong contributions the new museum will make in the coming years to better understanding our nation's industrial history and economic development."

The Museum's regular hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, students, and veterans with valid identification; and $9 for children ages 7-17. Children 6 and under are free. In honor of Musikfest, the Museum will open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm between August 5th and 14th. A variety of special programs, posted on the NMIH website, are planned for the Grand Opening Weekend (August 5th through 8th). A variety of ticket and membership giveaways, scavenger hunts and other contests will run throughout Musikfest week on the museum's social media sites and on WLEV.

About the National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. For more information on NMIH please visit http://nmih.org or call 610-694- 6644.

Contact: Glenn Koehler, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
gkoehler@nmih.org, 610.694.6641  

 

NMIH Announces Grand Opening Weekend Special Events

Added on August 3, 2016 by admin

In celebration of its very first weekend open to the public, the Lehigh Valley's newest museum has a variety of educational and entertaining programs planned.  The National Museum of Industrial History's Grand Opening Weekend festivities will run from Friday August 5th through Sunday August 7th.

Visitors will have a chance to explore the new cultural attraction - featuring a wealth of unique artifacts, hands-on experiences, and compelling stories - for the first time. Set in the 100-year old former Bethlehem Steel Electric Repair Shop, the museum houses four galleries whose themes showcase stories of local industry and their global reach.

"We are looking forward to the grand opening of National Museum of Industrial History, the newest attraction at SteelStacks," said Kassie Hilgert, President & CEO of ArtsQuest. "It is so important to have a place where people can go and learn about not just our nation's industrial heritage but also the important role Bethlehem has played throughout our nation's history as we continue to innovate and reinvent ourselves."

On Friday, August 5
th, museum visitors can participate in staff-led Insider Tours to learn more about the museum's artifacts and take a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to build the museum. Tours begin at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

On Saturday, August 6
th, Josh Gears from 100.7 WLEV's Josh and Scott in the morning will be broadcasting live from the National Museum of Industrial History from 12pm to 2pm. Tune in or stop by for giveaways and more.

Sunday, August 7
th is industrial-themed costume day. Children and adults alike can visit the museum dressed as anything from Bob the Builder to a train conductor, a Bethlehem Steel employee or Rosie the Riveter. All costumed visitors get $2 off admission. From 1pm to 3pm visitors can get a chance to meet a roaming Rosie the Riveter. Actress Elizabeth Michaels, of the American Historical Theatre, will be on-hand as this popular American cultural icon, to share the stories of women workers in wartime.

"We are so excited that our Grand Opening Weekend will coincide with Musikfest, a time when both the local community and out-of-town visitors come together to celebrate arts and culture," said NMIH President & CEO Amy Hollander. 

In honor of Musikfest, the Museum will open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm between August 5th and 14th. More information can be found at
www.nmih.org. Tune in throughout Musikfest to NMIH social media sites and WLEV for a variety of ticket and membership giveaway contests, scavenger hunts and more.

About the National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. For more information on NMIH please visit http://nmih.org or call 610-694- 6644.

Contact:

Glenn Koehler, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
gkoehler@nmih.org, 610.694.6641 

 

NMIH Announces Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

Added on July 13, 2016 by admin

BETHLEHEM, PA – Where can you go to see the first piece of steel rolled at the Bethlehem Iron Company or the longest commercially operated portable steam engine? America's newest museum and the Lehigh Valley's latest attraction, the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) will be opening its doors for the first time on Tuesday, August 2nd. Museum visitors will have a chance to see more than 200 unique artifacts—whether it is the first made, the oldest-surviving, longest-operating, or last-produced—and listen to first-hand accounts of workers, entrepreneurs, and activists or try their hand at turning a flywheel, lifting pig iron, or carrying a bobbin board.


The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on August 2nd at 10 am. A 30-minute program will include remarks by Museum leadership and other featured guests. Following the ceremony, the Museum will be open to the public through 5 pm. The first 200 visitors will receive a special, limited-edition commemorative gift.

The celebration continues with a Grand Opening Weekend from August 5th through 7th. The schedule of special programs include: insider tours, a live, on-site broadcast with WLEV, youth activities, and more. 

"This Museum is a culmination of the vision, hard work and collaboration of so many individuals as well as government and community partners," said L. Charles Marcon, Chairman of the NMIH Board of Directors.  "We are excited to be the newest institution on the vibrant SteelStacks campus."

The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH), the first Smithsonian Affiliate, is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage.

"We look forward to inspiring tomorrow's inventors and achievers, educating audiences about the transformation of America from an agrarian society to an industrial giant, and working with public, private, and non-profit partners to attract visitors to explore local and national industrial roots," said Amy Hollander, NMIH President & CEO.

The Museum's regular hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, students, and veterans with valid identification; and $9 for children ages 7-17. Children 6 and under are free.

In honor of Musikfest, the Museum will open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm between August 5th and 14th. During this week, timed tickets will be available for purchase through the Museum website and at the Museum reception desk. More information can be found at www.nmih.org


About the National Museum of Industrial History
A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. For more information on NMIH please visithttp://nmih.org or call 610-694- 6644.

 

Andria Zaia Named Curator of Collections at the National Museum of Industrial History

Added on March 28, 2016 by admin

Andria Zaia Named Curator of Collections at the National Museum of Industrial History BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The National Museum of Industrial History is excited to announce that Andria Zaia has been hired as the museum's Curator of Collections. As the Curator of Collections, Zaia is responsible for overseeing the Museum's vast collection of iron, steel, textile, and industrial artifacts and archival materials. Among her primary duties will be the research, accession and conservation of artifacts and serving as a liaison with the Smithsonian Institution.

Zaia has a Master's degree in Anthropology from New Mexico Highlands University and completed a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology at Drew University. With a background in collections, education, and exhibit curation, Zaia has previously worked in a variety of museum environments for over 20 years. Prior to joining the National Museum of Industrial History, Zaia most recently served as the Curator of Collections and Archives at the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS). There, she played an integral role in designing exhibits at the society's Sigal Museum, located in Easton, PA. Before the NCHGS, she worked at the Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites as a Museum Educator. In addition to her background in museum work, Zaia is also a professor of Anthropology at Northampton County Community College and specializes in textile manufacturing in the American Southwest and North Africa.

"With Andria's breadth of knowledge in assisting with the collections and exhibitions at other great institutions like the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, she is a perfect compliment to the Museum's diverse team." says NMIH's President and CEO, Amy Hollander. "With her extensive experience she will help guide the museum to its opening this summer and far into the future."

A resident of Bethlehem, Zaia maintains an active role in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Moravian Historical Society.

 

National Museum of Industrial History Launches Adopt-An-Artifact Program

Added on January 11, 2016 by admin

The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) has announced a brand new program aimed at the preparation and conservation of featured historical artifacts, as well as the design of exciting interactive stations which will be on display when the museum opens in the summer of 2016. The Adopt-an-Artifact program will allow benefactors to underwrite the conservation, installation and design costs of a wide variety of objects and interactives, helping NMIH to forge a connection between America's industrial past and tomorrow's innovations.

"We are launching this program because we want to engage the community and encourage them to become an integral part of the museum's design as we work to open this summer," said Amy Hollander, President and CEO of the museum.  "It's a unique opportunity where donors can choose an artifact or interactive that means something to them and have a tangible impact on preserving a piece of this region's industrial legacy." 

Various levels of giving will allow for a range of donations from $100 for personal items used by steel or textile workers to $50,000 to help conserve NMIH's Corliss engine, a centerpiece of the museum. Lisa Harms, Collections Manager and Education Coordinator for the museum added, "Choosing to help conserve a museum artifact ensures that its historical relevance can be preserved, allowing the next generation of visionaries to be inspired by the story it tells."

The Adopt-an-Artifact program includes an 'adoption certificate' for all benefactors and recognition on social media. The higher adoption levels include additional benefits such as exclusive tours of NMIH's Collections Storage Facility, recognition of adoptees on the exhibit floor, and invitations to an exclusive reception.  All adoptions will apply to the preservation or creation of the selected artifact or interactive for one year following the museum's grand opening.  Artifacts can be adopted by visiting the museum's website at http://nmih.org.

The program will be updated annually with new objects in the museum's collection that require conservation and preservation.  The National Museum of Industrial History is currently installing and conserving artifacts and is on-schedule to open in the summer of 2016.

 

NMIH Receives Grant from R.K. Laros Foundation

Added on December 28, 2015 by admin

NMIH Receives Grant from R.K. Laros Foundation

The National Museum of Industrial History, opening in the summer of 2016, is excited to announce the receipt of $30,000, the first installment of a $50,000 pledge from the R.K. Laros Foundation. The grant is in support of an exhibit showcasing the rich history of silk production in the Lehigh Valley.

Founded in 1952, the R.K. Laros Foundation, Inc, a non-profit charitable trust, was established by Mr. Russell K. Laros and Mrs. Helen K. Laros. The Foundation was established to support community non-profit organizations serving the arts, education, the environment, health, historical preservation and public and human services.

Robert Bilheimer, a trustee of the R.K. Laros Foundation, presented the check to the National Museum of Industrial History, commenting that,"the story of textiles is so important to the Lehigh Valley, important to the industrial history of the United States, and important to this community. We felt it was absolutely essential to make that part of this museum." He added, "Somehow we forget that history today is really yesterday's innovation, and the innovation message is an important story that needs to be told here."

The silk exhibit at the National Museum of Industrial History will showcase Scalamandre and Valenta machinery from the 20th century which were used in silk production in the United States. The exhibit will also feature original footage, oral histories, advertisements, and photographs from the Laros Silk Mills. Employing thousands of Lehigh Valley residents over four decades, the Laros Silk Mills set standards for silk production around the world. "We are excited to receive support from the R.K. Laros Foundation. Their historic ties to the silk industry and their legacy of community giving make them the ideal partner in conveying the story of silk mills in the Lehigh Valley to the museum's visitors," says Amy Hollander, President and CEO of the National Museum of Industrial History.

The National Museum of Industrial History is currently installing and conserving artifacts and is on-schedule to open in the summer of 2016.

 

Ned Rauch-Mannino Joins NMIH Board of Directors

Added on December 8, 2015 by admin

November 10, 2015—Bethlehem, Pa. On-schedule for its 2016 opening, The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) welcomes Ned Rauch-Mannino to its Board of Directors. Rauch-Mannino is the Director of Strategic Business Initiatives for the Ridge Policy Group, a government affairs and strategic consulting firm under the leadership of the nation's first Secretary of Homeland Security and former Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge.

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Excellent Morning Call story about NMIH

Added on July 6, 2015 by admin

In case you missed it, The Morning Call published this story on Sunday, July 5, about the National Museum of Industrial History and our new executive director, Amy Hollander. 

 

National Museum of Industrial History Hires Executive Director; on course to open mid-2016

Added on May 5, 2015 by admin

National Museum of Industrial History Hires Executive Director; on course to open mid-2016

The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) has appointed Amy Hollander as its new executive director. With the hire, NMIH has reached a significant milestone and continues to remain on course to open the Museum to the public by mid-2016.

Hollander has more than 20 years of non-profit and museum work experience, including 13 as an executive with AJC New Jersey, The Red Mill Museum Village and The Readington Museums. "My vision for the Museum is to develop a premier educational experience that tells the story of America's industrial achievements and the accomplishments of the workers, innovators and entrepreneurs who built our great nation," said Hollander. "This is a story that needs to be told here, amidst the artifacts and architecture of Bethlehem Steel, to connect future generations to America's and the Lehigh Valley's industrial roots."

As executive director for NMIH, Hollander is responsible for all aspects of management and program development. Her immediate goals include overseeing museum and office construction progress, exhibition planning, consulting with key partners and stakeholders, evaluation of needs and the creation of an operational plan for the museum as it moves forward toward opening in mid-2016.

"Hiring an executive director is an important milestone as we transition from construction to operation," said Museum Board Chairman and President L. Charles Marcon. "Amy is a forward-thinking talent with decades of museum experience who will be instrumental to the success of the Museum as a thriving community center and tourism attraction, preserving the story of America's rich history of industrial ingenuity."

In three months time, Hollander will manage major capital projects that are underway to build the museum in Bethlehem Steel's former Electrical Repair Shop on E. 2nd Street in south Bethlehem.  She also will start building a team of professional and volunteer staff and create a marketing campaign.  Fundraising is a top priority.  "We will develop the framework of a fundraising plan over the next three months that looks at a variety of revenue sources," said Hollander. "It's important to implement a diversified development plan to ensure the success of the museum for years to come."

In six months, Hollander plans to hire a director of development, design membership and annual giving campaigns and work with area school districts to begin to develop educational programs keyed into the PA core curriculum for social studies and STEM.

Hollander was previously the assistant director of outreach and communications for the AJC New Jersey regional office. At AJC, Hollander was responsible for developing and implementing all statewide outreach and communications. She developed a comprehensive legislative advocacy strategy, garnered strong relationships with state officials and developed messaging and branding for all public events and fundraisers.

Prior to her work at AJC New Jersey, Hollander was executive director of The Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, N.J. She was responsible for the operation of the 10-acre historic museum village, overseeing a dozen buildings, over 40,000 artifacts, full-time and seasonal staff and a team of volunteers. She coordinated fundraising efforts, enhanced programming and developed organizational policies and procedures. Hollander began her executive museum experience as an administrator for The Readington Museums, where she managed operations for three museum properties. Her responsibilities included collections and archival management, public relations, programming and property restoration and management. She also developed and implemented a diverse schedule of educational and cultural programming.

Hollander is a graduate of Vassar Collage with a MA degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Finesville, N.J. The NMIH board selected Hollander after a national search conducted by Dr. Brent Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Hollander was selected from a pool of 34 qualified candidates across the country that applied for the position.

 

Nationally Recognized Museum Consultant to Help NMIH Find Executive Director

Added on February 5, 2015 by admin

Nationally Recognized Museum Consultant to Help NMIH Find Executive Director The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) is seeking applications and nominations from individuals to serve as its Executive Director. Dr. Brent Glass, retired Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, has been hired as a consultant to help the NMIH conduct its search. Glass has an impressive list of accomplishments as highlighted in a recent Morning Call article.
 
 

The executive director will be responsible for all aspects of management and program development for NMIH, including, but not limited to, strategic vision and planning; budget development and management; research and collections planning; personnel supervision and administration; educational and public program development and implementation; community and constituent relations; fundraising and membership development; and relations with representatives of local and state government. 
  


The Executive Director position offers an opportunity for a person who can provide leadership, strategic direction, administrative management, and fundraising ability to fulfill the museum's mission. The National Museum of Industrial History is an EEO employer.

Key Qualifications:

  • Work experience in a museum, historic site, or archives with progressive responsibility.
  • Fundraising experience including campaign planning and oversight.
  • Management skills, including an ability to attract and retain a first-rate staff.
  • Experience and understanding of object-based research.
  • Understanding of innovations in information and communications technology.
  • Ability to work with board members, staff, donors, media, government officials and the general public.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Extensive professional connections.
  • An appreciation and understanding of industrial history is desirable.

Education and Experience Requirements:

A graduate degree plus three years experience in museums or historic sites the field of museum or historic site management, library or archival management, industrial history, public history, and museum studies, or another field centrally related to the mission and activities of NMIH is preferred. A B.A. degree with graduate study and five years experience in one of these fields is acceptable. 

Procedure for Candidacy: 

All applications must be received by February 20, 2015. Please email your application to nmihsearch@gmail.com. The application should include a resume with three references and a cover letter addressed to Mr. Charles Marcon, Chairman, National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

Hard copies of application packages may be mailed: 

Dr. Brent D. Glass

c/o NMIH Search
1921
Sunderland Place NW

Washington, DC 20036
 
 

To nominate potential candidates for this position, please send names and contact information to the addresses above, with a letter of support.



Located in the heart of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's historical industrial district, the NMIH will occupy Bethlehem Steel's former Electrical Repair Shop (1913) now under Phase I renovation as a space for exhibitions and public programs. The museum will open Phase I of this facility in Spring 2016 and will showcase its nationally significant collection that includes artifacts from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, many of which were displayed at Philadelphia's 1876 Centennial Exposition. The NMIH executive director will work with the museum's Board of Directors to manage the construction project, recruit and hire new staff, and plan for a grand opening of Phase I in 2016.

 

Statement regarding Attorney General's Consent Decree

Added on January 15, 2015 by admin

Statement from Charles Marcon
Chairman and Interim President, National Museum of Industrial History

The Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County has approved and entered a Consent Decree agreed to by the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, concluding a prolonged review by the Northampton County District Attorney, Northampton County Grand Jury and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.
 
As we have maintained throughout this extended process, NMIH has demonstrated its compliance with Pennsylvania law governing the operation of charitable non-profit corporations and, according to the Attorney General's Motion to Approve Consent Decree, "there is no evidence of a crime, misappropriation, bad faith or diversion of any charitable assets." The Consent Decree further states that the Directors of NMIH acted in what they believed to be the best interests of the Museum, that most of the funding to support the construction and operation of NMIH has been contributed by its board members, and that given our current financial position, the completion of the Museum appears viable.
 
To the board, the most important part of the Consent Decree is the Attorney General's indication that we can and should continue with our mission of building the Museum. To that end, we have already restarted construction with work on the first floor concrete slab and related underground utilities. Bids for the next phase - completion of the first floor - will be received the week of January 26, 2015, with work to begin shortly thereafter and completed by the end of September 2015. Work on exhibit installation will begin after that, and the Museum should open by mid-2016.
 
We will immediately begin our search for a new Executive Director as outlined in the Consent Decree. We thank Steve Donches for his tireless commitment and dedication to our organization. Steve's efforts and relationships were solely responsible for securing a $3 million grant to NMIH earlier in 2014, and additional funds prior, that will allow the organization to complete the Museum's construction. His vast institutional knowledge about the project is invaluable. We are hopeful he will continue to be available as a volunteer if called upon by the board to contribute his expertise as the project moves forward.
 
Regarding the search process, NMIH has hired Brent Glass, a highly respected and experienced museum consultant, former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, to manage the search. A Search Committee is currently being formed and will include at least two community members not directly affiliated with NMIH. The salary to be offered will be consistent with that of Executive Directors in similar positions of similar organizations. The goal is to have the Executive Director in place by the middle of 2015.
 
With the Attorney General's investigation behind us, we are delighted that we can move forward confidently with our plans and open a Museum that the general public and our donors will be proud of for years to come. We are committed to giving the community a gathering place that celebrates our industrial heritage and provides another educational and cultural experience on Bethlehem's South Side.

 

National Museum of Industrial History Begins Next Phase of Construction

Added on December 9, 2014 by admin

We are pleased to announce that The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) began its third phase of construction Dec. 9, 2014, at 10 a.m.

This phase of construction will consist of the Museum's concrete slab and underground utilities.

Once this phase of construction is complete, NMIH will move on to interior construction of the building and exhibit installation in preparation for opening its doors to the public in the first half of 2016.

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. is the construction manager for the project and will manage and supervise all construction.

We will continue to keep the public up to date with news and photos during all phases of the construction. 


 

National Museum of Industrial History Applies for Building Permit

Added on October 7, 2014 by admin

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (October 7, 2014) - The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) has submitted an application to the City of Bethlehem for a building permit and its construction manager, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. (Butz), will begin seeking bids for the third phase of construction, which encompasses the Museum's concrete slab and underground utilities.

Once this stage is complete, NMIH will move on to interior construction of the building and exhibit installation in preparation for opening its doors to the public in the first half of 2016.

"We are able to move forward with construction now that finances are in place thanks in great measure to an anonymous $3 million donation," said Museum Board Chairman and President L. Charles Marcon. "The realization of our Vision to preserve and tell the story of America's industrial achievements is within reach and something we are very much looking forward to."

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