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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.

PROGRAM IS FREE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES!

Support for this program was generously provided by QNB Bank.

 

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  

 

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