Street Detours Expected on Saturday, March 15
Scranton's "St Patrick's Day Parade" is tentatively scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. Large crowds in the city and along the downtown parade route are expected, which will result in street closures, traffic detours and delays. More »
Passing of Superintendent Kip Hagen
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our friend and colleague, Harold H. "Kip" Hagen Jr., 62, superintendent of Steamtown National Historic Site. Kip passed away suddenly from a heart attack this past Saturday, December 14th, at his home in Tafton, Pennsylvania, where he lived with his wife Donna, who works for the National Park Service with the Washington Area Servicing Office's (WASO) Park Facility Management Division.
Over his 37-year career in the National Park Service, Kip served with distinction in numerous roles. A native of Scranton and superintendent at Steamtown since 2002, Kip made an indelible mark on the park, initiating new programs and forging strong partnerships in the surrounding communities.In 2006, he received the Department of the Interior's Take Pride in America Federal Land Manager Award for his support of the park's Volunteers-in-Park program.
Prior to joining Steamtown in 1998 as assistant superintendent, Kip spent eight years at WASO's Park Facility Management Division.
Our deepest sympathies go to Kip's wife, Donna; their son, Jim; daughters, Sarah and Ashley; and three grandchildren.
Additional information about funeral services will be shared when they made are available.
Viewing will be on Tuesday, December 17 from, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Snowden Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, PA. http://www.duffyandsnowdon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to:
Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley RHS
Condolences to the family may be sent to 165 Shore Road, Tafton, PA 18464.
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.