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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 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
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.


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