SNHS Winter Lecture Series Jan 08
SCRANTON, PA – Saturdays at Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton take on a new aspect of education January through March, 2008 as the National Park Service returns the popular Winter Lecture Series to its list of activities! All programs take place at 1:00 p.m. in the Park’s theater, located at the museum complex and are included in the Park’s entrance fee.
January 12, Mary A. Shafer will present a PowerPoint program to help illustrate and discuss her recently published book, "Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955." Ms. Shaffer has written the only comprehensive documentary book about the largest flood disaster ever to hit the Delaware River. Caused by two powerful hurricanes, Connie and Diane, the record-setting flood of 1955 changed life in the Delaware Valley and the surrounding regions of northeastern Pennsylvania forever.
On January 19, the Park again partners with AMS Production Group, Dallas, TX, to present the critically acclaimed film, "Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter." The film tells the story of the Pullman Porter and the making of the black middle class. Based on the best-selling book by Larry Tye, this high-definition documentary chronicles the relatively unheralded Pullman Porters, generations of African American men who served as caretakers to wealthy white passengers on luxury trains that traversed the nation in the golden age of rail travel.
We’ll close out the January segment of the 2008 Winter Lecture Series with rail historian Dan Gallo, Sr., who will present a slide show titled, "Steam Trips of the 1970s" on January 26.
Many visitors find that our Winter Lecture Series offers a connection to the past. Tours of the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Locomotive Shops, where visitors have the opportunity to observe our emphasis on long-term repairs, are also offered daily during the winter months.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site is open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily through January 5, closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Winter hours are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. from January 6 – March 29, 2008. From Interstate 81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); follow signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200, toll free (888) 693-9391, during business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS web site at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!
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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.