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May 2020

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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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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