Steamtown NHS to Showcase Films from The History Channel, WVIA Productions
SCRANTON, PA – Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, PA established an educational partnership with The History Channel, a nationally recognized A&E Networks subsidiary, and WVIA Channel 44, regional PBS affiliate, in 2006, and will highlight that partnership during the 2007 summer season by featuring some of their award-winning video presentations at the Steamtown Theater!
Some of the films were first presented during our 2006 Winter Lecture Series, and many visitors commented that the films offer a new perspective on their connection to the past, and strongly recommended that the Park screen the films during the summer season. On days that a special Theater presentation is scheduled, it will supplant the Park's "Steel and Steam" video. The special Theater presentations are included in the Park's standard Entrance Fee.
Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 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 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS web site anytime at www.nps.gov/stea.
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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.