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November 2019

Free Admission for Veterans

November 9, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Thank you to the generosity of Joanne & Hank Barnette, museum admission will be free for all veterans on Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th. On Sunday attendees can enjoy our special presentation at 2pm titled, "Radio's Major Role in Winning WWII," which coincides with our Don't Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio exhibit on view now through December 1st.  Guest lecturer Mike Lobus will present some of the technology and events that show how radio played a…

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Veterans Day: Radio’s Major Role in Winning WWII

November 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

World War 2, the most significant event of the 20th century, was the first world-wide conflict where the use of technology played an overwhelming factor in victory. Guest lecturer Mike Lobus will present some of the technology and events that show how radio played a major role in the Allies winning the war effort. Mike Lobus, a self-proclaimed “old timer in electronics”, will be sharing the fascinating story of radio technology during WW2. Tracing its foundations back to the turn…

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How It Works – Building with Steel: Where Was it Made?

November 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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…

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December 2019

50% Off Admission – Holiday Toy/Food Drive

December 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Get 50% off admission by donating a canned food item or toy.

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Tracing the History of Dent Hardware Co

December 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Dent Hardware Company from Fullerton, PA was the nation’s leading manufacturer of refrigerator hardware and one of the largest producers of cast iron toys in the state! To coincide with NMIH's holiday cast iron toy display, brothers Peter Dent and Charlie Dent will share the story of their family’s innovative spirit and legacy. From the determination of Henry Dent and the genius of Charlie C. Dent, come learn more about one remarkable family’s inspiration that began in an Iron…

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Family TinkerTime for All Ages: GingerBuilding

December 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Get into the holiday spirit and exercise your creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills as you design your tasty constructions!  GingerBuilding supplies will be provided for each family unit to build and work together in creating their ginger structure.  All participants will receive the Architect Award pin for completing their GingerBuilding. NMIH hosts the new Family TinkerTime the second Sunday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Tinker together with activities designed for full family fun. Big and small hands will…

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The Corliss Comes Alive

December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Following its extremely successful debut earlier this year, NMIH is hosting an encore demonstration of its massive 115-ton Corliss water pumping engine. For more than a decade the museum’s staff, volunteers, and community partners worked to restore the engine to working order, 105 years after being built by the Snow Steam Pump Works in Buffalo, N.Y. The engine was used by the York Water Company and pumped eight million gallons of water per day. Today the engine, the most powerful…

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How It Works: Casting Iron Toys

December 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Coinciding with NMIH’s holiday cast iron toy exhibit is a special “How It Works” presentation with NMIH Historian Mike Piersa on the process of casting toys and other products. Created by skilled workers using a foundry method called sand casting, the toys became popular in the latter half of the 19th century as they used ingredients that were inexpensive at the time, similar to today’s plastic toys. This illustrated presentation will trace the process from furnace to finished product and…

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January 2020

Chris Bathgate Artist Talk and Exhibit Opening

January 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Coinciding with an exhibit featuring his gorgeous works of precisely machined sculptures, Baltimore-based self-trained machinist and sculptor Chris Bathgate will present on his work and process at the exhibit opening on Saturday, January 11th at 2pm.  His talk is included in museum admission and free for members. He 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 of artistic expression. He has spent…

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Family TinkerTime for All Ages

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

NMIH hosts the new Family TinkerTime the second Sunday of each month from 11AM-1PM. Tinker together with activities designed for full family fun. Big and small hands will learn and experiment with the concepts of industrial innovation while working through the creative process. Join us in our efforts to inspire the next generation of innovators!

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