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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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Virtual Museum: Before They Were Artifacts – Pumps

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Learn more about NMIH's pump collection with our staff historian.

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Virtual Museum: The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee

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

The upcoming presentation will provide stories of engineering innovation and enterprise creation in Milwaukee, focusing on Allis-Chalmers and Pawling & Harnischfeger. These two Milwaukee companies, along with seventy others, are chronicled in the Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee, a recent book that explores industrial Milwaukee during the Century of Progress—the hundred years following the US Civil War. Milwaukee was one of the principal centers of industrial innovation in the United States and became known as “the Machine Shop of the World.”…

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Virtual Museum: What’s up there? NMIH’s P&H Overhead Crane

June 12 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

This presentation will describe the artifact every visitor to the Museum walks under, the massive P&H overhead crane in the lobby.

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July 2020

Virtual Museum: Meet the Volunteers

July 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

NMIH’s volunteers are vital to the success of the museum. From helping educate youth to restoring massive industrial machinery, the museum wouldn’t be what it is without our wonderful crew of dedicated volunteers. Join several of our longtime volunteers in a casual Q&A to find out what they do at the museum, what projects they’ve enjoyed working on with us, and a look at just how vital they are to our mission. Part of NMIH’s Virtual Museum Live Programs. Get…

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August 2020

Virtual Museum: Artist Talk with Christopher Bathgate

August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Coinciding with the exhibit extension of his gorgeous works of precisely machined sculptures, Baltimore-based self-trained machinist and sculptor Chris Bathgate will virtually present on his work and process on Monday, August 10th at 2pm and free to view live via the museum’s Facebook page or afterwards on our Facebook or YouTube pages. Mr. Bathgate 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…

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Passport to History: The Corliss Comes Alive

August 15 - August 16
$12

Celebrate Lehigh Valley Passport to History weekend with the National Museum of Industrial History by watching a massive 115-ton steam engine come to life!

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September 2020

Virtual 2020 Annual Gala

September 5 - September 12

Join us for a week of fun, educational virtual programs, and events that celebrate America’s rich industrial past, present and future.

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NMIH Virtual Gala Lecture: Tesla – Inventor of the Electrical Age

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Nikola Tesla was a major contributor to the electrical revolution that transformed daily life at the turn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and contributed to the development of radio and television. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was one of America’s first celebrity scientists, enjoying the company of New York high society and dazzling the likes of Mark Twain with his electrical demonstrations. An astute self-promoter and gifted…

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NMIH Virtual Gala Lecture: Prohibition in the Industrial Age

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Historian Garrett Peck will trace the history of alcohol in America through the industrial age, including prohibition and the effects it had on the country's relationship with alcohol. Garrett Peck is an author, public historian and tour guide in the nation's capital. He leads tours through The Smithsonian Associates, and his Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and the History Channel program "Ten Things You Didn't Know About" with punk rock legend Henry Rollins.…

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