March 19, 2012
Contact: Mark Brennan
SCRANTON, PA - Spring is just around the corner and Steamtown National Historic Site is ready to greet the season on Saturday, April 21 with a new family friendly and educational exhibit called "What Can Be Found Under the Ground In A Railroad Yard".
In conjunction with National Park Week, the new exhibit will trace the history of the railroad yard through the use of archeological objects from the museum collection. The interactive exhibit, created and designed by Curator Sarah Smith (SCEP) with the assistance of Park Ranger Ken Ganz, includes an above-ground dig site with a "dig and match" activity where families and children can dig and sift through a mixture of dirt and rocks to find items that match objects in the display cases from the different time periods of the railroad yard. The goal of the exhibit is to promote social interaction between children and their families and to provide a different perspective on the railroad yard. This perspective is one that would engage the audience into thinking about what kinds of people worked and lived in and near the railroad yard. Funding for the exhibit was sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Park Service.
National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, April 29, 2012, offering a "Fee Free" week, waiving the daily $7.00 Entrance Fee. All indoor and outdoor exhibit areas and park museum facilities including the Visitor Center, Technology Museum, History Museum, Ranger guided tours and the Park movie, Steel and Steam, are included in the "Fee Free" Week.
The Park will also feature special Education and Discovery Center programs for children, and celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28, when children ages 6-12 can work to become Junior Rangers during their visit.
First celebrated in 1994, National Park Week was designated by Presidential Proclamation to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service. This year, Steamtown will once again join the nation's 397 National Park Service sites in celebrating the many ways in which these national treasures enrich the lives of so many people in so many ways.
The popular "Scranton Limited" short train rides return beginning Saturday, April 28, 2012 and will operate Wednesday through Sunday, covering a 3-mile round trip that crosses the Lackawanna River and passes the historic Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel. Near the University of Scranton, the train begins its return to the roundhouse. Many topics are covered during the ranger-led train programs, which last about 30 minutes.
All Lackawanna Limited trains will depart the Visitor Center at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 2:15 PM. Tickets to ride these trains cost $5.00 per person, all ages 6 and older.
For a unique view of the operations, each departure of the Scranton Limited will allow one rider in the steam and/or diesel locomotive cab for $35.00. Cab rides are available only to individuals ages 16 and older and are not handicap accessible.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then follow the signs to the Park entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding 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 NHS web site at www.nps.gov/stea.
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