July 23, 2012
Contact: Mark Brennan
Ongoing Initiative to Provide Digital Access to National Park Service Museum Collections, Archives
SCRANTON, Pa. - Steamtown National Historic Site's museum collection has begun a new journey - to cyberspace! The public can now search over 7,700 catalog records and 10,000 images including objects, archival and photographic materials related to railroading at the National Park Service Web Catalog by visiting the Park's website at www.nps.gov/stea; click the Collections link in History & Culture. The Web Catalog is a searchable online database that provides access to thousands of records and images from the National Park Service (NPS) museum collections. NPS museum collections include diverse disciplines and have unique associations with park cultural and natural resources, eminent figures, and park histories. Online visitors can perform simple or advanced searches by keyword, park name, object name, people, places, and date. Visitors can also browse or search collection highlights and park summaries.
This project is an ongoing initiative of the NPS Museum Management Program. The records found in this database will vary in the level of detail, and records and images will be updated and added on a continued basis. As Steamtown NHS and other parks continue to process their museum collections, additional objects and documents will become accessible to the public. For more information regarding the Steamtown NHS museum and archival collection, contact Patrick McKnight, Park Historian at (570) 340-5193 or Sarah Smith, Curator-in-training at (570) 340-5196. To view other park's Collections, Virtual Exhibits or Teacher Lesson Plans, visit www.museum.nps.gov.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the brown and white signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). Additional general park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!