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.

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

06/04/2020

Virtual TinkerTime - A collaboration with PBS39 and NMIH, these programs are designed to engage kids from Kindergarten through 4th grade and feature a live-streamed program with an educator.

Please join NMIH in wishing our historian, Mike Piersa, a happy birthday.  Mike has been instrumental in bringing a numb...
06/03/2020
Mike Piersa: A Passion for Preservation - National Museum of Industrial History

Please join NMIH in wishing our historian, Mike Piersa, a happy birthday. Mike has been instrumental in bringing a number of NMIH machines back to life and is passionate about sharing his love of industrial history with the world. Follow the link below to find out more about Mike's fascinating background and how he became interested in his career field in an article penned by Bill Stone, a museum volunteer.

This story is the beginning of a series focusing on our volunteer restoration team, who are responsible for reanimating artifacts acquired by the museum.

https://www.nmih.org/mike-piersa-a-passion-for-preservation/

Mike Piersa: A Passion for Preservation A historian’s job is to collect, research, and interpret artifacts of cultural significance. A historian’s responsibility is to ensure that these valuable relics are conserved, restored, and made accessible to the public to appreciate and from which to lea...

06/02/2020
Virtual Museum: Lehigh Valley Silk Mills

Virtual Museum: Lehigh Valley Silk Mills

From 1913 to 1930, Pennsylvania produced more silk goods than any other place in the world. Most silk mills were located in the eastern part of the state: from the coal regions to Philadelphia, and between the main branch of the Susquehanna and the Delaware River. Silk was the first industry drawn to Pennsylvania more for its human resources–young women and children to work in the mills–than for its mineral and natural ones. By the early 1920s, the number of Pennsylvanians working in the silk industry equaled those in iron and steel. The last mill dedicated to silk weaving in Allentown closed in 1989. It was owned and run by Louis Capwell, father of our presenter, Martha Capwell Fox. The Catoir Silk Mill was documented in the 1980s by photographer Ken Bloom and a family video, which forms part of the presentation.

05/28/2020
Virtual TinkerTime: Carton Flyers

Virtual TinkerTime: Carton Flyers

Recycle your egg cartons while creating hours of fun experimenting with your new flying wonder! All you need to participate is a piece of letter-sized paper, egg carton, and decorating materials of your choice for the carton. Comment afterwards with a picture of your creation and something your observed while experimenting!

It's Thursday, which means today is another edition of our Virtual TinkerTime program at 4:30PM! This partnership PBS39 ...
05/28/2020

It's Thursday, which means today is another edition of our Virtual TinkerTime program at 4:30PM! This partnership PBS39 with features a live interactive program with an NMIH educator paired with a fun activity to do afterwards. Join us live right here later today!

05/27/2020
Virtual Museum: Inside Factory LLC

Virtual Museum: Inside Factory LLC

Housed in a 40,000 sq. ft. former Bethlehem Steel building, Factory LLC is a one-of-a-kind innovation and scale-up facility located a short distance from the museum. As founder and managing partner at Factory LLC, Rich Thompson leads the company that, in addition to capital, provides strategic guidance to food, beverage and pet entrepreneurs in areas like marketing, supply chain, new product development and sales. Join us for a conversation about how the company works, how it uses innovative techniques to scale up companies and manufacturing, and more.

In his previous ventures, Rich helped create over $3 billion in enterprise value as CEO of American Italian Pasta Company, The Meow Mix Company and Freshpet. He has deep operational experience across multiple disciplines, including manufacturing, supply chain and distribution, innovation infrastructure, marketing and sales. He has also supervised the design and construction of seven manufacturing facilities. With CPG start-ups, one home run can be a lifetime achievement. Rich has helped achieve three of them.

Part of NMIH’s Virtual Museum Live Programs. Get more info at http://nmih.org/virtualmuseum

It's Tuesday, so that means it's time for another Quotes and Quests youth activity from NMIH and our partners at Bethleh...
05/26/2020

It's Tuesday, so that means it's time for another Quotes and Quests youth activity from NMIH and our partners at Bethlehem Area Public Library!

These adventures are geared towards kids grades 5-8, feature quotes from prominent historical figures and send kids on a journey to learn something new about industry, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Make sure to comment afterwards for your chance to win a free family membership to NMIH!

"Everybody who's a physician, who makes vaccines, who wants to find the cure for cancer. Everybody who wants to do any medical good for humankind got the passion for that before he or she was 10." - Bill Nye

Action Activity: Discover what your passion is and how you want to pursue it in the future. Take this aptitude test and see what the results are to get you started:https://www.ucango2.org/publications/student/Career_Interest_Survey.pdf and/or brainstorm a list of things you like to do, ideas you're passionate about, ways you spend your free time, etc. Once the list is complete see if you can connect any possible careers to the items on your list.

Research Activity: What was the result of your survey? What training will you need? How can you start your path towards your goal right now?

Comment to Share: Tell us what your passion for the future is!

05/25/2020
Virtual Museum: WWI and Bethlehem Steel

Virtual Museum: WWI and Bethlehem Steel

Although Charles Schwab had greatly expanded Bethlehem Steel in the prior decade, WWI provided the company with the resources that allowed it to become one of America’s largest corporations. Explore how Bethlehem Steel responded to the opportunities and challenges created by the war in this special presentation with Professor John K. Smith.

05/22/2020
Virtual Museum: Slate Industry

How did stone quarried in pits hundreds of feet deep become a standard product installed on roofs? This presentation will look into the slate quarries of Eastern Pennsylvania to trace the general history of the local industry and take a more detailed look at the impressive technology behind it. Learn how aerial cableway systems lifted slate blocks, easily weighing a few tons or more, and transferred them to trains or trucks. See where slate was sawed and then split by hand and further processed into products ranging from stair treads to roofing. Who knew a grey rock could be so interesting?

05/21/2020
Virtual TinkerTime: Kitchen Casting

Virtual TinkerTime: Kitchen Casting
Explore the changes in states of matter while replicating the process of steel casting with edible castings. See some examples in the video and come up with your own to share afterwards!

Today join us at 4:30PM for our live Virtual TinkerTime! This interactive program with NMIH staff features an activity d...
05/21/2020

Today join us at 4:30PM for our live Virtual TinkerTime! This interactive program with NMIH staff features an activity designed for kids kindergarten through 4th grade and teaches a new aspect of science, technology, math, and engineering each week! Today's we'll be doing 'kitchen casting' and learning about how steel is cast while making tasty chocolate treats.

Get more information about this and all of NMIH's youth programming at http://www.nmih.org/virtualmuseum/virtual-youth-programs/

There's a lot of people behind the scenes that make NMIH a successful operation, so we polled our staff and our amazing ...
05/20/2020

There's a lot of people behind the scenes that make NMIH a successful operation, so we polled our staff and our amazing crew of volunteers to find out what their favorite artifact in the museum is, and why. First up? NMIH President and CEO, Kara Mohsinger:

The Frick portable steam engine
"Not only is it a beautiful piece on loan from the Smithsonian, but it is a wonderful representation of American ingenuity and innovation. The steam engine truly revolutionized agriculture and set the stage for the American Industrial Revolution."

What is your favorite artifact at NMIH?

Today's Quotes and Quests program, in partnership with our friends at Bethlehem Area Public Library, focuses on aerospac...
05/20/2020

Today's Quotes and Quests program, in partnership with our friends at Bethlehem Area Public Library, focuses on aerospace engineering!

It’s all up to us. Remember, there were people who said the airplane couldn’t fly.” – Grace Murray Hopper, mathematician, computer technology inventor, 1906-1992

Research Activity: Research how the modern day airplane was invented. Who were the inventors involved and how did they iterate and test their inventions?

Action Activity: Make the ultimate paper airplane. Design a test list to measure the quality of each design. How fast did it fly? How far did it fly? Which one was in the air the longest? You must decide what stats are most important to make it your ultimate flying machine!

If you need some inspiration you can check out some designs and stats here: https://www.origamiway.com/paper-airplane-designs.shtml

Comment to Share: Share your ultimate paper airplane and its stats below for a chance to win a free family membership to NMIH!

Martin Tower, the former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, was imploded one year ago today.  Where did you watch from?
05/19/2020

Martin Tower, the former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, was imploded one year ago today. Where did you watch from?

Today is International Museum Day! While we’re still unable to host you in the museum itself, we look forward to the day...
05/18/2020

Today is International Museum Day! While we’re still unable to host you in the museum itself, we look forward to the day we can have patrons back and browsing our artifacts and exhibits. Museums need your help now more than ever to survive and prosper. Please consider making a donation, purchasing a membership, or looking at the various different ways you can help NMIH continue its mission of forging a connection between America’s industrial past and the innovations of today by educating the public and inspiring the visionaries of tomorrow by visiting http://nmih.org/howtohelp.

Missing that museum experience? Head over to our Virtual Museum page and take a virtual tour of NMIH or check out some of the programs we’ve been running while our doors have been closed! Get more info at http://nmih.org/virtualmuseum

05/15/2020
Virtual Museum: Engineering America – The Life and Times of John A. Roebling

Virtual Museum: Engineering America – The Life and Times of John A. Roebling

John Roebling was one of the nineteenth century’s most brilliant engineers, ingenious inventors, successful manufacturers, and fascinating personalities. Raised in a German backwater amid the war-torn chaos of the Napoleonic Wars, he immigrated to the US in 1831, where he became wealthy and acclaimed, eventually receiving a carte-blanche contract to build one of the nineteenth century’s most stupendous and daring works of engineering: a gigantic suspension bridge to span the East River between New York and Brooklyn. In between, he thought, wrote, and worked tirelessly. He dug canals and surveyed railroads; he planned communities and founded new industries. Horace Greeley called him “a model immigrant”; generations later, F. Scott Fitzgerald worked on a script for the movie version of his life. This talk will be conducted by Richard Haw, author of Engineering America: The Life and Times of John A. Roebling, just released earlier this month via Oxford University Press.

Richard Haw is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He is the author of The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History and Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History.

Part of NMIH’s Virtual Museum Live Programs. Get more info at http://nmih.org/virtualmuseum

All live streams will be at https://www.facebook.com/NMIHorg/live_videos/

05/14/2020
Virtual TinkerTime: Graham Cracker Fairyland

Virtual TinkerTime

Join NMIH and PBS39 for an interactive, live virtual TimerTime program! These programs are designed to engage kids from Kindergarten through 4th grade and feature a live-streamed program with an educator.

Today's activity is 'Graham Cracker Fairyland'! We will use simple architecture concepts to build a graham cracker house and decorate to accommodate our fairy friends. Go through the structural process in the video and add your own exterior design to share in the comments after!

Today NMIH launches its third online youth program, 'Virtual TinkerTime'!  This new online program will stream live here...
05/14/2020

Today NMIH launches its third online youth program, 'Virtual TinkerTime'! This new online program will stream live here on our page every Thursday at 4:30pm EST. In a partnership with PBS39, these activities are designed to engage kids from Kindergarten through 4th grade and feature a live-streamed program with an educator.

Today's activity is 'Graham Cracker Fairyland'! We will use simple architecture concepts to build a graham cracker house and decorate to accommodate our fairy friends. See you at 4:30!

05/13/2020
Virtual Museum: Blowing Engines

Virtual Museum: Blowing Engines

Where does the blast for blast furnaces come from? For many furnaces, the blast of air was supplied by “blowing engines.” This presentation will describe how massive engines once ran around the clock to pump the requisite two tons of air required for every ton of iron produced. We will trace the evolution of air pumping devices associated with blast furnaces and do a deep dive into the “Gas Blowing Engine House” in Bethlehem, Pa, which is the largest surviving facility of its type in the world.

05/12/2020
STEM - What is it and why is it important?

Today NMIH is launching a new youth activity series with our friends at Bethlehem Area Public Library. These 'Quotes and Quests', geared towards kids grades 5-8, feature quotes from prominent historical figures and send kids on a journey to learn something new about industry, science, technology, engineering, or math related. See the first one below, and come back each Tuesday at noon for a new activity!

We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering and technology, and mathematics. Everything is physics and math.

– Katherine Johnson

Research Activity: Learn more about S.T.E.M. through this video - STEM: What it is and why it's important? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH5iLx_jCUk

Action Activity: Go to Code.com and select a project that is age and ability appropriate for you. https://studio.code.org/projects/public

Share: How do you see your experience with S.T.E.M. activities preparing you for your future? What aspect is your favorite aspect science, technology, engineering or math? Drop a note in the comments and let us know!

This short animation explores Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the essential skills behind it all and why it is so important to Austral...

05/11/2020
Virtual Museum: Blast Furnances

Virtual Museum: Blast Furnances

Did you ever wonder how the massive SteelStacks, a block away from the Museum, worked? Did you know that they never made steel? This presentation will explore the inner workings and history of “blast furnaces” with a special focus on the Bethlehem, PA, “blast furnaces.” We will trace the evolution of the furnaces themselves, as well as the raw materials going into them, and how the hot metal emerging from them was handled. Listen closely to discover what words like Monkey, Pig, Salamander, and Submarine mean to blast furnace workers.

05/09/2020
Virtual Museum: The Snow Corliss Engine at NMIH

Virtual Museum: The Snow Corliss Engine at NMIH

As antique engine shows, threshing bees, tractor pulls, and other popular mechanically inclined events are put on hold, a fascinating virtual steam rally #TwitterSteamRally is shaping up for this coming Saturday, May 9th, 2020. Join NMIH at 2PM EST for a presentation about the 115-ton stationary steam engine at the center of the Museum. The illustrated talk will detail the history and operational restoration of the engine, built in 1914 by the Snow Steam Pump Works in Buffalo, N.Y. for use at the York Water Company in York, Pennsylvania, USA. Once capable of pumping eight million gallons of water per day, the engine is now most powerful operating water works steam engine in America.

Our friends at Touchstone Theatre are bringing their popular Young Playwright's Festival to the internet!  Today, May 7t...
05/09/2020

Our friends at Touchstone Theatre are bringing their popular Young Playwright's Festival to the internet! Today, May 7th, they'll be streaming readings of their festival finalists on YouTube Live. Their company members, teaching artists, and friends will help bring to life the works from the safe distance of their homes. You can tune in for the event, either dressed up in your festival best or with pajamas and popcorn. They'll be posting a link to their livestream on their website and their page by noon! Give them a follow over at Young Playwrights' Festival Online! and enjoy the show!

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602 E 2nd St
Bethlehem, PA
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Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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Boyle Construction has put up their signs around the Bethlehem Steel General Office Building. Michael Perrucci and his development company Peron Development must already have plans to redevelop the property.
Paul Hallett Phineas Sprague
This is NMIH'S MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE! Where is the so called live stream?
It is MUCH too hard to join your virtual museum event.
trying to find link for Jim's presentation
Anyone know where this mine was located? Magic lantern slide BETHLEHEM STEEL STACKS MINE OPENING C1916
This sign is located on Route 100 in Bally.
This amazing model is at least 10 feet long. It is at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum http://www.paxmuseum.com/ A builder's model of a Bethlehem Steel built carrier.
Just want to see you guys did a great job at the museum my kids had a blast thanks again
I videoed from Bethlehem recycling center.
Bethlehem setting for several scenes in
15th Annual Old Construction & Mining Equipment Show September 8 & 9 2018 New Athens, Ohio www.facebook.com/pg/OCMES/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2050860781632079