BETHLEHEM, PA – The National Museum of Industrial History is proud to announce the upcoming release of the newest installment in the beloved Tug Tales children’s book series on Sunday, October 1st, 2023. These books follow the life of Tug, a restored Bethlehem Steel rail car moving tow tractor that is now a resident of the Museum.

In the first book in the installment titled “TUG!” Bethlehem’s history comes to life through Tug, a tow tractor helping Bethlehem’s steelworkers do their very best. This second Tug adventure promises to be a delightful addition to any bookshelf. Titled “Turkey in the MERF: A Tug Tale,” and based on stories shared by former steelworkers, the book follows Tug as he saves Thanksgiving at The Steel as he rushes around the plant helping workers gather together for a feast to remember.  With colorful illustrations and engaging storytelling, this book will capture the imaginations of children and emphasize themes of camaraderie, working together, and multi-culturalism.

The official book launch will take place during NMIH’s annual Steel Weekend event on Sunday, October 1, 2023. “Turkey in the MERF: A Tug Tale” will be read at 11am by a former Bethlehem Steel worker and Tug will be on site for photo opportunities. Books will be available for purchase through the NMIH Gift Shop and the author will be on hand to sign books before the story time.

This publication was generously supported by Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. Textron is the parent company of the TUG brand and continues to manufacture and innovate in the field of specialty vehicles such as airport pushback tractors.

In addition to being regularly on display at the National Museum of Industrial History, the public can meet TUG! at a variety of community events:

September 30th & October 1st – Steel Weekend at NMIH

October 24th – City of Bethlehem Trunk or Treat


Turkey in the MERF: A Tug Tale

ISBN: 978-1-7325900-6-9

Retail Price $15

Published by the National Museum of Industrial History. Written by Catherine McCafferty of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, with concept by Mike Piersa of the National Museum of Industrial History, cover art and illustrations by Jim Atherton, and layout by Jerilyn DiCarlo.


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, 110-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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