2009 Winter Lecture Series

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Date: January 12, 2009

Scranton, Pa – Saturdays at Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton take on a new aspect of education with our continuing "Winter Lecture Series." 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.

February 7, 2009 marks the fourth appearance of Mr. Frank Etzel, a returning favorite, who will present a new multi-media presentation titled, "Digital Delight," highlighting the dramatic advances in digital rail photography.  Mr. Etzel is a computer systems administrator with IBM, a long time rail historian and resides in Vernon, NJ.

On February 14, the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will present its popular "Miners Lunch Box" program.  The program, laced with humor and presented by living history character "Slats Grobnick" explains to visitors what a precious commodity food was to hard working miners.  At 2:00 p.m., Anthracite Heritage Museum Site Administrator, Chester Kulesa will present a Powerpoint program on the History of Anthracite Coal, showcasing the economic and institutional development of the region and its impact on immigration.

On February 21, Mr. Tom Nemeth, editor of Railpace Newsmagazine, which publishes news feature stories and pictorials on Northeastern U.S. railroading returns to the lecture series with three rare classic slide programs highlighting the former Pennsylvania and Raritan River Railroads.

On February 28, Mr. Steve Barry, Managing Editor of Railfan & Railroad Magazine will present a program titled, "You Can Almost Go Home Again."  This spectacular digital program utilizes photos from the Historic Transport Preservation Society depicting vintage rail equipment and recreations from the 1920's and 1930's.

On Saturday, March 21, Steamtown National Historic Site is pleased to present Mr. Gary Sease, Director of Corporate Communications for the CSX Railroad in Jacksonville, Florida.  Mr. Sease will present a program titled "From Steam to GenSet Locomotives – CSX and the Rail Renaissance" and discuss the CSX's history, including the formation of the company in 1980, the progress under deregulation and future prospects as a major eastern rail carrier.

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 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. from January 4 – April 11, 2009; regular Park hours, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., resume on April 12.  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, and weather related cancellations, may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200, toll free (888) 693-9391, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS website at www.nps.gov/stea.

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