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September 2019

Scenes from the Steel Photo Shoot

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$30 – $40

Ever dreamed of photographing the iconic Bethlehem Steel plant when it was operating? This after-hours photo shoot at the National Museum of Industrial History is the closest you can get. Volunteer Brian Alesin leads actors in modeling historical scenes from Bethlehem Steel utilizing actual steelmaking equipment, smoke machines, and lighting equipment to produce memorable images that look right out of the factory. This event is part of NMIH's Steel Weekend, a celebration dedicated to the structural steel industry happening September…

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Hot Riveting Workshop – Sunday

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$35 – $40

This hands-on workshop will teach students the basics of hot riveting, from heating steel rivets in a forge, to driving them with a pneumatic rivet hammer, and then inspecting them. Riveted bridge restoration specialist Vern Mesler will lead the workshop and show participants that riveting is not a lost art, but one that should be learned by new generations who will be maintaining the iron and steel structures and products of earlier times. The workshop is geared both to those…

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Duffy’s Cut: The Latest Developments

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

In June of 1832 57 Irish immigrant laborers arrived at the port of Philadelphia and were hired to build mile 59 of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, Pennsylvania's pioneering railroad. Within 8 weeks of their arrival all 57 laborers were dead.   The railroad said that they died of a cholera pandemic that was raging throughout the Delaware Valley. Archaeological and forensic examination of their remains has shown that the laborers were murdered, likely out of fear of the spread…

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October 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Have you ever wondered what it was like to make things for a living? Come join us on Manufacturing Day to learn about career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, meet some of Bethlehem’s finest manufacturers, and participate in craft challenges to see which job might be right for you. Members of the Manufacturers Resource Center Dream Team will be on-hand to talk about their budding careers and opportunities to enter into the manufacturing and industrial workforces. PA Dream Team is…

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Ham Radio Live

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

See an amateur radio station in action with members of the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club! Learn what a QSL card is, how NMIH's radio station can talk to people across the country, and even try your own hand at the radio. With a rich history of over 70 years in existence and over 150 members, the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club is one of the prominent communicator clubs in the area. From teaching radio operators how to build their own antennas…

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How It Works: Slate Splitting

October 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$5

NMIH Historian Mike Piersa presents a hands-on demonstration of the slater’s craft. Visitors will learn how slate is split and “dressed” (shaped), both by hand with modern tools and with machinery approximately one hundred years old. At the end of the program, visitors will be able to create their own small slate product to take home, such as a miniature blackboard or ornament. This talk, part of the museum’s ongoing “How It Works” series that takes place on the fourth…

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November 2019

In Pod We Trust: How digital audio is reinvigorating and democratizing journalism

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Prize-winning journalist Chris Satullo will present "In Pod We Trust: How digital audio is reinvigorating and democratizing journalism," on Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Industrial History, 602 E. 2nd Street, Bethlehem, PA. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the lecture. This event, open to the public and free of charge, is presented and sponsored by Northampton Community College.

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Free Admission for Veterans

November 9 - November 10

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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The Corliss Comes Alive

November 10 @ 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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Veterans Day: Radio’s Major Role in Winning WWII

November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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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