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How It Works – Building with Steel: Where Was it Made?
November 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Did Bethlehem Steel build the Empire State Building? How about other famous landmarks created in the 20th century? The answer may not be as simple as you think. At 2 PM on Sunday, November 24th, we’ll dive into archival material and history books to learn where steel came from and who fabricated it. We will trace the family trees of Bethlehem Steel, subsidiary companies, and sometimes the competition to show how the company grew, changed, and sourced steel products from plants throughout the nation.
This lecture is presented by NMIH’s Historian, Mike Piersa. Mike graduated with a bachelor’s in history from Moravian College and a master’s in history from Lehigh University. He has been with NMIH for over 17 years and has been instrumental in the research and interpretation behind the museum’s collections as well as the restoration of historical industrial equipment both at the museum and at outside facilities.
This talk, part of the museum’s ongoing “How It Works” series that takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month, is designed to help patrons further understand of specific facets of industrial history. Admission to November’s “How It Works” lecture is free with regular museum admission.