National Museum of Industrial History

National Museum of Industrial History The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa., is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage.
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The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa., is dedicated to preserving America's rich industrial heritage.

That's a wrap! We're closing up shop early today (Sunday, December 1) due to the weather.  Stay warm and safe!
12/01/2019

That's a wrap! We're closing up shop early today (Sunday, December 1) due to the weather. Stay warm and safe!

*sigh* alright Sigal Museum, good game. You got lucky this time. Send us your shirt sizes and we'll drop your Colony Mea...
11/23/2019

*sigh* alright Sigal Museum, good game. You got lucky this time. Send us your shirt sizes and we'll drop your Colony Meadery South Bethlehem haul off.

Today is the 155th meeting of Lehigh/Lafayette, commonly known as 'The Rivalry'!  That means our throwdown with Sigal Mu...
11/23/2019

Today is the 155th meeting of Lehigh/Lafayette, commonly known as 'The Rivalry'! That means our throwdown with Sigal Museum is ON this afternoon so we decided to do a little historical analysis between our hometown favorites and well, you can guess who we're rooting for.

Ahhh, the rivalry is getting spicy Sigal Museum. You know what would make the Peace Candle look way cooler? Gigantic bla...
11/22/2019

Ahhh, the rivalry is getting spicy Sigal Museum. You know what would make the Peace Candle look way cooler? Gigantic blast furnaces, perhaps topped with a Peep for good measure.

In case you live under a rock, The Rivalry is this weekend! This historic meetup between Lehigh University and Lafayette...
11/22/2019

In case you live under a rock, The Rivalry is this weekend! This historic meetup between Lehigh University and Lafayette College has been going on for 155 games!

To make it even more fun, us and our friends at The Sigal Museum are having a friendly wager. Losing museum staff has to rep the other's t-shirts all next weekend! To make the deal even sweeter, two LV breweries are getting in on the bet. If Lehigh wins, Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton is supplying some brew for the NMIH crew to enjoy during the holidays. If Lafayette proves victorious, our friends at Colony Meadery South Bethlehem are going to send some mead down for the Sigal staff to enjoy!

Want to get in on the fun? Like, comment with who you're supporting during The Rivalry, and share this post for a chance to win an NMIH t-shirt. Winner will be chosen on Sunday!

We have a full day of great activities ahead! At 1pm we'll be running our 115-ton Corliss Steam engine, at 2PM guest pre...
11/10/2019

We have a full day of great activities ahead! At 1pm we'll be running our 115-ton Corliss Steam engine, at 2PM guest presenter Mike Lobus will discuss radio's role in WWII with some antique equipment on-hand, and afterwards we'll be running our recently restored Bethlehem Steel locomotive. Did we mention veterans get in free all day?

Reminder: today and tomorrow all veterans get free admission to NMIH! We have a full slate of programs for Sunday, inclu...
11/09/2019

Reminder: today and tomorrow all veterans get free admission to NMIH! We have a full slate of programs for Sunday, including the operation of our 115-ton Corliss steam engine at 1pm, a presentation on radio’s role in WWII at 2pm, and the operation of our newly restored Bethlehem Steel locomotive following the presentation.

11/09/2019
NMIH Restores 1941 Bethlehem Steel Whitcomb Narrow Gauge Locomotive

**This locomotive will be on display this Sunday, November 10th, following NMIH's Veterans Day program! Approximately 3:15pm**

The National Museum of Industrial History has been working to restore Bethlehem Steel’s Bethlehem Plant narrow gauge locomotive #7, which is now in operating condition on the 3’ gauge tracks in front of the museum. Bethlehem Steel once had an extensive network of these small trains making relatively short runs independent of the larger railroad system. The locomotive is a Whitcomb 20-ton diesel-electric unit, built at their factory in Rochelle, Illinois, in 1941 with serial number 60044. It is powered by a Cummins 6 cylinder HR-6-BI diesel engine. The generator, controller, and air brakes were all produced by Westinghouse.

To read more about the history of this engine and see additional photos of the restoration process, head over to http://nmih.org/bsco-whitcomb/.

Did you know Air Products & Chemicals, headquartered not far from NMIH, helped in the moon landing in 1969? They worked ...
11/05/2019

Did you know Air Products & Chemicals, headquartered not far from NMIH, helped in the moon landing in 1969? They worked with the space program as far back as 1957 and supplied industrial gases for the Space Shuttle, Apollo, and Mercury missions.

Their work continues today, with the company recently being awarded $168 million in contracts to supply helium and pumping systems, the only of their kind in the industrial gas industry.

National Museum of Industrial History's cover photo
11/04/2019

National Museum of Industrial History's cover photo

Happening now through December 6th! NMIH is hosting an industrial art auction to benefit the museum.  Items include gorg...
11/03/2019

Happening now through December 6th! NMIH is hosting an industrial art auction to benefit the museum. Items include gorgeous photographs from local photographers, rare industrial wooden patterns, behind-the-scenes tours of a local railroad and the museum, and more!

Bid now and get a special something for yourself or a loved one just in time for the holidays.

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/nmih-industrial-art-auction-9303

Thanks to Stephen Jiwanmall at PBS39 for doing this great piece that looks at some of the fascinating artifacts we've am...
11/01/2019
PBS39

Thanks to Stephen Jiwanmall at PBS39 for doing this great piece that looks at some of the fascinating artifacts we've amassed in our archives. It takes an unbelievable amount of time and resources to sift through hundreds of thousands of records and we're thankful for the volunteer crew that helps us!

📜The National Museum of Industrial History is keeping the memories of Bethlehem Steel alive. In case you missed it, watch Stephen Jiwanmall's recent story: bit.ly/NMIHArchive

Follow along over on the Nokia Bell Labs page today and tomorrow as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of Unix, an oper...
10/22/2019

Follow along over on the Nokia Bell Labs page today and tomorrow as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of Unix, an operating system that changed computing as we know it today.

NMIH is fortunate enough to have in its collection items from Agere, including some Unix material. Our Agere collection primarily relates to the manufacture of transistors, chips, etc that were the backbone supporting developments like Unix that were major stepping stones to modern computing.

#unix50

Today, we kick off our #Unix50 anniversary celebration!

Visit us for live broadcasts, blogs, history, resources & #STEM games!

🎉 Overview: https://nokia.ly/2VMQra5
⏩ Schedule: https://nokia.ly/2M9DdkO

And please share your favorite #Unix memories using the #Unix50 hashtag!!!

#linux #sysadmin #tech #IT #BSD #OSX #computer #software #opensource #computers #hacker #programming #code

Done with your Runner's World Half Marathon or just looking to get out of the rain? Come warm up in the museum! We have ...
10/20/2019

Done with your Runner's World Half Marathon or just looking to get out of the rain? Come warm up in the museum! We have PBR Productions here interviewing folks from the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club Inc. about our amateur radio setup. Swing by and see this impressive display in action and learn how we use our radios to talk to people all over the world!

10/18/2019

Tonight at 6pm at the museum students from Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts will be performing a script they wrote to reenact the Golden Age of radio, taking inspiration from historic dramas like War of the Worlds. This performance is free and open to the public and will last about 30 minutes with a talkback between the student actors and personnel involved. This fun event will be recorded for future posterity to give the feel of a live radio broadcast. Come on out and enjoy a free and interesting tie in to 100 years of radio!

*SYNOPSIS*
The East Coast became fully blanketed in fog a little over a month ago; society has slowed to a crawl. The roads shut down, and the streets emptied, and the economy is collapsing. People are getting sick, going blind and dying. With the government refusing to do anything, the people look to new leadership: GreenWay, a company led by Arden Trennen and his sister Holle. Everything’s going according to plan for the siblings, until Dr. Jeffrey Pearsons begins to investigate the cause of this fog and what can be done to stop it, hopefully before the disenfranchised populace fully embrace Arden’s ideas of right and wrong.

Will the Trennens succeed at unifying the American people under a cause they can all agree with? Or will Jeffrey disrupt their plans for rebellion?

Did you know that October 17th is the 100th anniversary of RCA? That's why our "Don't Touch That Dial" exhibit spans 100...
10/18/2019
Don't Touch That Dial - National Museum of Industrial History

Did you know that October 17th is the 100th anniversary of RCA? That's why our "Don't Touch That Dial" exhibit spans 100 years of radio history! Join us this Saturday as PBR Productions visits with amateur radio operators from the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club Inc. and learn how ham radios operate! Get more information on this fun exhibit and event at http://nmih.org/exhibits/dont-touch-that-dial/

Don’t Touch That Dial 100 Years of Radio Running now through November 3, 2019. The National Museum of Industrial History’s (NMIH) new exhibit, Don’t Touch That Dial: 100 Years of Radio is now on the airwaves . Radios employ the magic of sound by harnessing the electromagnetic energy around us,...

They're back! Looking for a great holiday present or just want to own a piece of history? We're finishing out the final ...
10/17/2019

They're back! Looking for a great holiday present or just want to own a piece of history? We're finishing out the final round of our bricks from Martin Tower - this will be the last time we will have these available! There's a limited amount available so get yours now. You can either purchase online and have it shipped or buy in person at the NMIH museum gift shop. Give the gift of history: http://nmih.org/martintower/

Congratulations to NMIH Leadership Society member Ashley Russo for her well deserved honor of recently receiving the Uni...
10/17/2019

Congratulations to NMIH Leadership Society member Ashley Russo for her well deserved honor of recently receiving the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley's Betsy Torrence Philanthropist of the Year award. Thank you, Ashley, for all you do in the community! #WomenUnited2019

NMIH's Director of Education & Community Partnerships, Amber Emory, had a chance to connect with educators to discuss ou...
10/15/2019

NMIH's Director of Education & Community Partnerships, Amber Emory, had a chance to connect with educators to discuss our field trips, summer camps and outreach programs during the Diocese of Allentown Education Convention at Bethlehem Catholic High School yesterday!

We have several educational opportunities for all ages. For more info head to our Education page on our website at http://nmih.org/educate/

721st Mechanized Contest Battalion
10/14/2019

721st Mechanized Contest Battalion

721 MCB operated as station N3I (National Three Industry) from the shack at the National Museum of Industrial History. We finished the day with 167 Contacts which included 4 PA Counties and 51 ARRL/RAC Sections.

Besides a good day of radio, we had the pleasure of meeting Donna Acerra, Professor of Communications at Northampton Community College and guest curator of the “100 years of radio” exhibit. A good amount of the artifacts on display were from her father’s personal collection W3RFD (SK).
A photo attaches shows Ms Acerra holding a picture from the exhibit of her, age 6, sitting at her father’s radio.

Thanks for coming out: KD2HII, N1WFB, KD2JQK, KG2F, K2FN, KA2PBT

Tomorrow NMIH will be joined by Tyler Heft, a technical assistant at Lutron Electronics who is part of the WSCM Dream Te...
10/04/2019

Tomorrow NMIH will be joined by Tyler Heft, a technical assistant at Lutron Electronics who is part of the WSCM Dream Team!

Tyler will be talking to children of all ages about his industrial job and interesting careers for kids interested in S.T.E.M. topics as part of Manufacturing Day. Throughout the day we'll also be hosting special movie screenings and engineering activities.

This full day of family programming is free with regular admission and runs 10am to 5pm this Saturday, October 5th.

Get more info on the day’s activities at http://nmih.org/event/manufacturing-day-2019/

They're ubiquitous in nearly every industrial scene: hard hats.  Do you know the history behind this essential part of i...
10/04/2019
The Evolution of the Hard Hat

They're ubiquitous in nearly every industrial scene: hard hats. Do you know the history behind this essential part of industrial history? The New York Times just did a fascinating look on the history of hard hats: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/business/hard-hat-history.html

The hard hat was designed 100 years ago as protective gear for miners and other laborers, but it has grown to become a symbol of status and masculinity.

On Saturday NMIH will be joined by Sean Chung, a mechanical designer at Air Products Careers who is part of the WSCM Dre...
10/03/2019

On Saturday NMIH will be joined by Sean Chung, a mechanical designer at Air Products Careers who is part of the WSCM Dream Team!

Sean will be talking to children of all ages about his industrial job and interesting careers for kids interested in S.T.E.M. topics as part of Manufacturing Day 2019. Throughout the day we'll also be hosting special movie screenings and engineering activities.

This full day of family programming is free with regular admission and runs 10am to 5pm this Saturday, October 5th.

NMIH is excited to welcome Carolina O'Connor, a Production Supervisor and Engineer at Mack Trucks who will be joining us...
10/02/2019
Manufacturing Day 2019 - National Museum of Industrial History

NMIH is excited to welcome Carolina O'Connor, a Production Supervisor and Engineer at Mack Trucks who will be joining us for Manufacturing Day 2019!

Carolina is part of the MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center WSCM Dream Team, a group of young employees with successful STEM careers at advanced manufacturing Pennsylvania companies. They'll be at the museum this Saturday talking to youth about industrial jobs and future careers for kids interested in science, technology, math, and engineering.

This fantastic day features a ton of family programming and is included in regular museum admission. For more information head over to http://nmih.org/event/manufacturing-day-2019/. See you Saturday!

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. Memb...

10/02/2019

NMIH is excited to welcome Carolina O'Connor, a Production Supervisor and Engineer at Mack Trucks who will be joining us for Manufacturing Day 2019!

Carolina is part of the MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center WSCM Dream Team, a group of young employees with successful STEM careers at advanced manufacturing Pennsylvania companies. They'll be at the museum this week talking to youth about industrial jobs and future careers for kids interested in science, technology, math, and engineering.

This fantastic weekend features a ton of family programming and is included in regular museum admission. For more information head over to http://nmih.org/event/manufacturing-day-2019/. See you Saturday!

Next weekend NMIH is hosting Manufacturing Day 2019! Throughout the day we'll be screening Dream Big: Engineering Our Wo...
09/30/2019

Next weekend NMIH is hosting Manufacturing Day 2019! Throughout the day we'll be screening Dream Big: Engineering Our World. This great documentary for visitors of all ages is an inspiring look at the world of engineers.

Upon first consideration, it might not seem the stuff of grand cinematic adventure. But could engineering secretly be an exciting, creative, heroic realm where the optimists of today are creating the life-saving, world-altering marvels that will make for a safer, more connected, more equal and even more awe-inspiring tomorrow?

With an eclectic, stereotype-bursting engineer cast, the huge story told by Dream Big answers that question with a resoundingly “yes” using a series of surprising human stories to expose the hidden world behind the most exciting inventions and structures across the world. It is not only a journey through engineering’s greatest wonders, but equally a tale of human grit, aspiration, compassion and the triumph of human ingenuity over life’s greatest challenges.

Get more information about Manufacturing Day and all of the scheduled family events and youth programming at http://nmih.org/event/manufacturing-day-2019/

Ever see pictures of Rosie the Riveter and wonder just what 'riveting' is, or want to get hands-on with a historical ind...
09/24/2019
Hot Riveting Workshop

Ever see pictures of Rosie the Riveter and wonder just what 'riveting' is, or want to get hands-on with a historical industrial process? This coming weekend NMIH is hosting 'Steel Weekend' with a full slate of programming, including a hot riveting workshop. Join us and learn 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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hot-riveting-workshop-tickets-70522860775

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....

This past weekend we honored Air Products Careers at our annual gala with the Spirit of Innovation Award for their past ...
09/20/2019

This past weekend we honored Air Products Careers at our annual gala with the Spirit of Innovation Award for their past and continuing innovations in industry. Just a few days later they broke ground on their new headquarters here in the Lehigh Valley. Congratulations to Air Products, their employees, and thank you everyone that came out to support the museum at our gala!

We're also very grateful for the assistance of Mark Kintzel Design for their assistance with event management, decor, and floral arrangements for a great night at the Laros Estate.

NMIH is proud to offer Girl Scout STEM programs that not only educate, but inspire future engineers and inventors of Ame...
09/19/2019

NMIH is proud to offer Girl Scout STEM programs that not only educate, but inspire future engineers and inventors of America. Interested in checking out our unique Girl Scout programs? See what we have to offer at http://nmih.org/educate/scouting-programs/

Did you know that by the time girls reach middle school and high school, they’re at risk of opting out of STEM entirely if they're not properly encouraged? That's a major contributor to the STEM gender gap -- Not cool! 🙅‍♀️ Use this school year to get involved in STEM activities through your classes and Girl Scout programs! ❤️🔬

Thanks to the Spirit of Airwaves Players who put on a fantastic performance at the museum this weekend! Want more info o...
09/17/2019

Thanks to the Spirit of Airwaves Players who put on a fantastic performance at the museum this weekend! Want more info on future events? Sign up for our mailing list at nmih.org. (Also special thanks for Mario Acerra for the fantastic photos!)

09/14/2019

Reminder: NMIH is closing early at 3pm today as our staff prepares for our annual gala this evening.

09/13/2019

NOTICE: tomorrow, Saturday, September 14th, the museum will be closing early at 3pm as our staff prepares for our annual gala in the evening.

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