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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.

 

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