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.

In the lead-up to NMIH's International Women's Weekend event in March, we're profiling several women in industry who rev...
02/14/2020
International Women's Weekend Profile: Emma Allison - National Museum of Industrial History

In the lead-up to NMIH's International Women's Weekend event in March, we're profiling several women in industry who revolutionized and inspired. The first is Emma Allison, a steam engine engineer who turned heads at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia! Learn more about her at http://www.nmih.org/international-womens-weekend-profile-emma-allison/

Emma Allison, a female steam engineer, became a star after her appearance at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Catch the Academy Awards last night? NMIH was happy to see Ford v Ferrari picked up two wins. Not only does it show some...
02/10/2020

Catch the Academy Awards last night? NMIH was happy to see Ford v Ferrari picked up two wins. Not only does it show some cool recreations of the inside of a Ford factory, but it features actor Jon Bernthal playing the role of Lee Iacocca.

A Lehigh Valley native, Iacocca was an industrial giant who attended Lehigh University and was responsible for the conception of the Ford Mustang. After his stint as the president of Ford, he went on to oversee the resurgence of Chrysler and is widely regarded as one of the greatest CEOs of all time.

Enjoying the Grammy Awards tonight?  Here's a throwback song called "Corrido Pensylvanio."  This traditional Mexican fol...
01/26/2020

Enjoying the Grammy Awards tonight? Here's a throwback song called "Corrido Pensylvanio." This traditional Mexican folk song was sung by immigrants coming to Bethlehem to work at the steel plant and depicts the life, trials, and tribulations they faced on their journey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIa_YoBzyQI

Rainy day got you gloomy? Swing by NMIH and check out our new exhibit, Art of Precision: The Engineered Sculpture of Chr...
01/25/2020

Rainy day got you gloomy? Swing by NMIH and check out our new exhibit, Art of Precision: The Engineered Sculpture of Christopher Bathgate, or our other 18,000 square feet of history. Mention this post today and get $2 off your admission!

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01/22/2020

National Museum of Industrial History's cover photo

01/18/2020

NMIH will be closed for the rest of the day due to inclement weather!

Heading to Cabin Fever Auctions & Expo this weekend? Stop by the NMIH booth to learn more about our latest and upcoming ...
01/18/2020

Heading to Cabin Fever Auctions & Expo this weekend? Stop by the NMIH booth to learn more about our latest and upcoming exhibits and events, check out or merchandise selection, and say hi to our volunteers/staff!

Last week NMIH was able to salvage beams from the former Martin Tower. These structural H-Beams (or I-Beams) will likely...
01/17/2020

Last week NMIH was able to salvage beams from the former Martin Tower. These structural H-Beams (or I-Beams) will likely be used in the upcoming park outside of the museum. Thank you to all of our volunteers, staff, and workers at the site for helping to make this possible.

Tomorrow NMIH hosts its FREE family TinkerTime program!  Kids of all ages can join NMIH staff from 11am to 1pm to create...
01/11/2020

Tomorrow NMIH hosts its FREE family TinkerTime program! Kids of all ages can join NMIH staff from 11am to 1pm to create their own Tinkerbot to take home. Use your imagination and create a robo-friend in this fun activity that will inspire creativity.

01/10/2020

Tomorrow we're excited to welcome Chris Bathgate, The Sculptor to open our new exhibit, Art of Precision. Mr. Bathgate will be on-hand to discuss his work during a presentation at 2pm and talk about how he utilizes industrial processes to create his beautiful artwork. Check out the video to see more about his artistic process. Get more info about the talk at http://www.nmih.org/event/christopher-bathgate-artist-talk/

National Museum of Industrial History's cover photo
01/06/2020

National Museum of Industrial History's cover photo

Happy holidays from all of us at NMIH!This was the scene outside the Bethlehem Steel headquarters, right near our curren...
12/25/2019

Happy holidays from all of us at NMIH!

This was the scene outside the Bethlehem Steel headquarters, right near our current entrance, in 1952. This photo was part of a collection saved from Martin Tower earlier this year.

Want to give a gift that lasts a whole year? NMIH memberships allow for unlimited visits over the course of a calendar y...
12/12/2019

Want to give a gift that lasts a whole year? NMIH memberships allow for unlimited visits over the course of a calendar year! We have a variety of levels available starting at $35, that include family memberships and memberships that get you free admission to over 800 museums across North America. Browse the options and get a membership today: http://nmih.org/support/membership/

NMIH receives amazing artifacts and documents from all over the country and world.  Today's artifact highlights come all...
12/11/2019
Artifact Spotlight: Bethlehem Steel Mining Logs - National Museum of Industrial History

NMIH receives amazing artifacts and documents from all over the country and world. Today's artifact highlights come all the way from Brazil - from Bethlehem Steel affiliated mines in Amapa. Read more about these amazing documents and learn more about how you can help us preserve them: http://nmih.org/artifact-spotlight-bethlehem-steel-mining-logs/

NMIH regularly receives amazing artifacts from companies, individual donors, and various sources across the country. One such set of artifacts are these amazing logs that detail the daily life of one of Bethlehem Steel’s mining operations in Amapa, Brazil. While many in Bethlehem don’t realize t...

Instead of spamming you with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, and Whatever Wednesday posts, this holiday seas...
12/11/2019
Restoration Highlight: 1941 Bethlehem Steel Whitcomb Narrow Gauge Locomotive - National Museum of Industrial History

Instead of spamming you with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, and Whatever Wednesday posts, this holiday season we're bringing you stories of some special collections and restorations projects our staff and volunteers are working on.

Our first restoration highlight is one you may have seen here recently, or saw the progress of outside the museum. We recently restored a 1941 Bethlehem Steel locomotive engine to working order with a team of staff and volunteers. To see a detailed write-up on the restoration and see photos of it in progress, head to the link below.

If you enjoy these restorations and projects, please consider donating to the museum this holiday season using the 'donate' button after the write-up.

http://nmih.org/restoration-highlight-1941-bethlehem-steel-whitcomb-narrow-gauge-locomotive/

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.

Catch us this evening on WDIY 88.1 FM's Lehigh Valley Arts Salon with Pete Dent as we talk about his family's legacy of ...
12/09/2019

Catch us this evening on WDIY 88.1 FM's Lehigh Valley Arts Salon with Pete Dent as we talk about his family's legacy of industrial manufacturing and toymaking in the Lehigh Valley at 5:30pm. Not able to tune in? Look for the link to listen in later this week or stop in Pete and Charlie's talk this Saturday at 2pm!

The Dent Hardware Company made cast iron toys in the Lehigh Valley from the late 1800's until 1973, establishing themselves as one of the leading iron toy makers in the nation.

Tonight on Lehigh Valley Arts Salon, George Miller and Kate Scuffle discuss the new holiday exhibit of toys from the personal collections of the Dent family on display now at the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem. Their guests are Peter Dent and Glenn Koehler, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for NMIH.

6 - 6:30 pm | 88.1 FM + wdiy.org

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12/06/2019

National Museum of Industrial History's cover photo

Ever want a private tour with an expert on industrial history to some of the most notable places in the Lehigh Valley th...
12/02/2019

Ever want a private tour with an expert on industrial history to some of the most notable places in the Lehigh Valley that helped build America? Or a private demonstration of the museum's 115-ton steam engine with the historian who oversaw its resurrection? What about a rare, private look inside the museum's Bethlehem Steel archives featuring items rarely seen?

You can bid on all these items and more and get one of the most unique and personable gifts possible this holiday season. There's only a few days of bidding left! Get your bid in now to win an amazing experience for yourself or a loved one.

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

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/

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Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Just want to see you guys did a great job at the museum my kids had a blast thanks again
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Wonderful visit today to this fascinating museum. Many thanks to knowledgeable volunteer gallery guides and especially to Coordinator of Visitor Experiences Deedee Riffle!
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