We have relocated from our long-term storage space in Allentown into a small, beautiful suite inside the Northampton Community College building, right next door to the museum at 602 East 3rd Street.
NMIH Board member Laura Bennett Shelton worked closely on this project with Executive Director Amy Hollander, displaying historic objects, furniture and images from Bethlehem Steel as well as from our collections. Together with architect, David Hausman Designs, they worked out the best design for staff and guests. The result is a simple and elegant office that evokes classic Bethlehem in a warm, modern style.
Below are some pics taken yesterday that show our Executive Director, CFO, and Collections Manager and Education Coordinator in their new offices, and our Historian in his clean room (soon to be workshop) inside the museum.
It's been a whirlwind three months since our Executive Director came on board! We have made tremendous headway on construction. HVAC is installed, the permanent power is running, framing is complete and the sheet rock is going up on the new walls. We have started painting but rather than tell you about it, see for yourself in this short photo-essay -- a picture is worth a thousand words...
Stay tuned; we will be posting items about the exhibit installation next.
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.
Things are starting to take shape! 10,000 square feet of concrete slab-on-grade has been poured onto the east side of the first floor of the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH). Currently, construction workers are completing the underground electric for the west half of the building. Over the next few days they will be prepping for the remaining 10,000 square feet of floor.
When the floor has been poured, it will mark the end of "Phase 3" of construction for the museum.
Phase 4 of construction will begin in April. It will entail completion of the interior of the building's first floor and an entrance plaza. Work on Phase 4 is expected to last six months. Afterward, exhibit installation will begin in preparation for opening in the 2nd quarter of 2016.
Keep checking this site and our Facebook page for upcoming construction and exhibit updates. Thank you for your interest in and support of the museum.
Construction continues to move forward at the
National Museum of Industrial History with the installation of its first
artifact – the Corliss Engine. This 115-ton steam engine was built in 1914 and
pumped the water supply for the entire city of York, Pa.
The engine is so large that it was separated into nine pieces that were installed into the foundation of the Museum individually with the use of a crane. Each valve weights about 30,000 pounds.
The Corliss Engine pumped eight million gallons of water per day for the York Water Company and ran until 1956 in daily service, providing standby service until 1982. It efficiently used steam through a cross compounding system and ran 24 hours a day, all year round.
Once the engine is installed at the Museum, it will be in full working condition.
Click on the image to the right to view a gallery of pictures documenting installation of the Corliss Engine.
Keep checking this site and our Facebook page for future construction updates and news announcements as the National Museum of Industrial History prepares to open its doors to the public in 2016. Thank you for your interest in and support of the Museum.