BETHLEHEM, PA – The National Museum of Industrial History’s Board of Directors have officially appointed Andria Zaia as Executive Director. Zaia brings years of Museum experience, institutional knowledge, and passion for the organizational mission to the role.

“We are excited to embark upon the next chapter in the Museum’s evolution and have the utmost confidence in Andria’s leadership and expertise,” said L. Charles Marcon, Board Chair.

Zaia joined NMIH as Curator of Collections in 2016. She has a graduate degree in Anthropology from New Mexico Highlands University and completed a B.A. in Anthropology at Drew University.  With a background in collections management, education, exhibit curation, and community partnerships, Zaia has worked in a variety of museum environments for over 20 years. Prior to joining NMIH, Zaia served as the Curator of Collections and Archives at the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS) where she played an integral role in designing the Sigal Museum.  In addition to her background in museum work, Zaia is a professor of Anthropology at Northampton Community College and Moravian University and specializes in textile manufacturing.

“It is an honor to be working with brilliant colleagues, Board members, and community partners during this incredible time of growth for the organization,” said Zaia.


A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. Learn more at

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