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December 2019

Tracing the History of Dent Hardware Co

December 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The Dent Hardware Company from Fullerton, PA was the nation’s leading manufacturer of refrigerator hardware and one of the largest producers of cast iron toys in the state! To coincide with NMIH's holiday cast iron toy display, brothers Peter Dent and Charlie Dent will share the story of their family’s innovative spirit and legacy. From the determination of Henry Dent and the genius of Charlie C. Dent, come learn more about one remarkable family’s inspiration that began in an Iron…

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Family TinkerTime for All Ages: GingerBuilding

December 15, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Free

Get into the holiday spirit and exercise your creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills as you design your tasty constructions!  GingerBuilding supplies will be provided for each family unit to build and work together in creating their ginger structure.  All participants will receive the Architect Award pin for completing their GingerBuilding. NMIH hosts the new Family TinkerTime the second Sunday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Tinker together with activities designed for full family fun. Big and small hands will…

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The Corliss Comes Alive

December 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 8:30 am

Following its extremely successful debut earlier this year, NMIH is hosting an encore demonstration of its massive 115-ton Corliss water pumping engine. For more than a decade the museum’s staff, volunteers, and community partners worked to restore the engine to working order, 105 years after being built by the Snow Steam Pump Works in Buffalo, N.Y. The engine was used by the York Water Company and pumped eight million gallons of water per day. Today the engine, the most powerful…

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How It Works: Casting Iron Toys

December 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Coinciding with NMIH’s holiday cast iron toy exhibit is a special “How It Works” presentation with NMIH Historian Mike Piersa on the process of casting toys and other products. Created by skilled workers using a foundry method called sand casting, the toys became popular in the latter half of the 19th century as they used ingredients that were inexpensive at the time, similar to today’s plastic toys. This illustrated presentation will trace the process from furnace to finished product and…

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January 2020

Chris Bathgate Artist Talk and Exhibit Opening

January 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Coinciding with an exhibit featuring his gorgeous works of precisely machined sculptures, Baltimore-based self-trained machinist and sculptor Chris Bathgate will present on his work and process at the exhibit opening on Saturday, January 11th at 2pm.  His talk is included in museum admission and free for members. He utilizes handmade tools and automated CNC (computer numerical control) milling and drilling machines to create precisely-crafted elements that assemble into complex sculptures. Machining is his method of artistic expression. He has spent…

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Family TinkerTime for All Ages

January 12 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Free

NMIH hosts the new Family TinkerTime the second Sunday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Tinker together with activities designed for full family fun. Big and small hands will learn and experiment with the concepts of industrial innovation while working through the creative process. Join us in our efforts to inspire the next generation of innovators!

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Anthracite Workers Today: A Lifetime Calling

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Australian native Dane Rhys will illustrate his recent journeys into the modern anthracite coal industry.

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February 2020

Charter Arts Creativity Fair

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What is creativity? Join the Charter Arts Production Arts Department as they explore the concepts of the creative process and invite the public to participate in the experiment.  The Creativity Fair will be open to the public at NMIH from 6pm to 8pm a with suggested donation and will be on display for throughout the weekend on regular museum hours (10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday).

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Free Family TinkerTime: Candy Casting

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Roses are red, Violets are blue, I like chocolate, How about you? Join NMIH for this fun family activity that will teach participants the basic concepts of industrial casting while making tasty treats to take home for their loved ones. NMIH hosts the new Family TinkerTime the second Sunday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Tinker together with activities designed for full family fun. Big and small hands will learn and experiment with the concepts of industrial innovation while working through…

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How It Works: How Precise Can You Get?

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$5

In this special tour and hands-on demonstration, visitors will go on a guided walk through the Centennial Gallery to learn the intricacies of the machine tools on display, then move on to try their hand at creating a precision surface the same way that machinery builders have for generations. Guests will use a power hacksaw to cut a piece of metal, then place it on a granite surface plate to assess how flat it it. Using blue dye, files, and…

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