Steamtown NHS to Hold Volunteer Fair
Contact: Harold Hagen, 570-340-5182
SCRANTON, Pa. - Becoming part of American history is an opportunity that anyone can take. Sure, not all of us are cut out to be heroes, and the positions for being a framer of the Constitution are already taken.Yet, history is full of achievements, large and small, that the National Park Service (NPS) commemorates in the more than 400 park sites it manages.Keeping that history alive, and helping to create memorable moments for visitors, often falls on the shoulders of VIPs - Volunteers-in-Parks.
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Did You Know?
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.