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May 2020

Virtual Museum: Quakers, Guns and the British Industrial Revolution

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Presented by Stanford University Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, Priya Satia.

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Virtual Museum: Chief Engineer – Washington Roebling – The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Erica Wagner wrote the first full biography of a crucial figure in the American story–Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Virtual Museum: Snow for the Steam Rally – The Snow Corliss Engine at NMIH

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

As antique engine shows, threshing bees, tractor pulls, and other popular mechanically inclined events are put on hold, a fascinating virtual steam rally #TwitterSteamRally is shaping up for this coming Saturday, May 9th, 2020.

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Virtual Museum: Blast Furnaces

May 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Did you ever wonder how the massive SteelStacks, a block away from the Museum, worked? Did you know that they never made steel? This presentation will explore the inner workings and history of "blast furnaces" with a special focus on the Bethlehem, PA, "blast furnaces." We will trace the evolution of the furnaces themselves, as well as the raw materials going into them, and how the hot metal emerging from them was handled. Listen closely to discover what words like…

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Virtual Museum: Blowing Engines

May 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Where does the blast for blast furnaces come from? Learn more about what powered the iconic 'steel stacks' in Bethlehem.

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Virtual Museum: Engineering America – The Life and Times of John A. Roebling

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Learn more about one of the 19th century's most brilliant engineers, ingenious inventors, successful manufacturers, and fascinating personalities.

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Virtual Museum: Slate Industry

May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

A look into the historic slate quarries of Eastern PA.

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Virtual Museum: WWI and Bethlehem Steel

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Although Charles Schwab had greatly expanded Bethlehem Steel in the prior decade, WWI provided the company with the resources that allowed it to become one of America's largest corporations. Explore how Bethlehem Steel responded to the opportunities and challenges created by the war in this special presentation with Professor John K. Smith. Professor Smith, trained both as an engineer and a historian, specializes in the history of technology and business history. His research interests focus on the history of industrial…

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Virtual Museum: Inside Factory LLC

May 27 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Housed in a 40,000 sq. ft. former Bethlehem Steel building, Factory LLC is a one-of-a-kind innovation and scale-up facility.

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June 2020

Virtual Museum: Lehigh Valley Silk Mills

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

A talk on PA silk mills, where from 1913-1930 more silk goods were made than any other place in the world.

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