• An engineer inspects the running gear of a steam locomotive at Steamtown NHS

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

2010 National Park Week

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Date: April 3, 2010

Steamtown National Historic Site News Release

 

March 30, 2010

For Immediate Release

Mark Brennan, (570) 340-5244

 

National Park Week to Highlight “Share a Park – Shape a Life” Activities in Parks

SCRANTON, PA     – Nature, history and exploration come together at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA during the annual National Park Week celebration set for April 17th -25th, 2010. This year’s theme is “Share a Park – Shape a Life.” Among the hallmark programs featured at Steamtown’s museum complex is the Junior Ranger Program for children aged 6 – 12, an educational program for children under 6 “Let’s Explore Steamtown,” the popular theater programs “America’s Legacy – Your National Parks”  and “The Steamtown Story” and special Ranger guided programs with behind the scenes Locomotive Shop tours and Turntable demonstrations. 

Two new programs being introduced for National Park Week are a new special children’s program called “The Circus Trains” in the parks Children Education and Discovery Center and the “Take a Hike” program, a one hour hiking trail program departing from the Visitor Center and exploring the Central Railroad of New Jersey trail, Mattes Street tower, and a variety of historic structures and landmarks along the route.

And best of all, from April 17th to 25th during National Park Week, the parks $6.oo admission fee is waived.

Steamtown’s popular Scranton Limited short yard train ride will operate from Wednesday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Many historic topics are covered in the ranger-led train educational program, which lasts 30 minutes. A fee of $3.00, for children 6 and older is required for the Scranton Limited short train ride.   

April 17th to the 25th also marks Earth Week and Steamtown in partnership with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Conservation Alliance will participate in the “Great NEPA Clean-up” event. Park employees and volunteers will spend Tuesday, April 20, 2010 cleaning up park visitor use areas, parking lots, roads and trails and the rail right of way.

Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues.

Additional details regarding dates and times for interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391, or by visiting the Steamtown web site  atwww.nps.gov/stea.

Did You Know?

USS Olympia

Many railroads, particularly Eastern roads, used anthracite coal for locomotive fuel during the early steam era. During World War I, the US Navy and the Allied Forces used anthracite coal to power the steam boilers of warships such as Admiral Dewey's USS Olympia, which is berthed at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Burning anthracite resulted in low-smoke emissions from steamship boilers and gave the Allies a strategic opportunity to close-in on the enemy in a battle. With anthracite coal diverted to the war effort, locomotive builders adapted to using bituminous coal in their future designs.