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SCRANTON, PA – Saturdays at Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton take on a new aspect of education with our continuing "Winter Lecture Series" activities in February! All programs take place at 1:00 p.m., except as noted, in the Park’s Theater, located at the Museum Complex, and are included in the Park's entrance fee.
February is Black History Month, and Steamtown NHS will celebrate with a special exhibit and two very special presentations. On February 2 at 11:00 a.m., the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program will present a program entitled "Escapes by Train on the Underground Railroad". They will talk about Frederick Douglass, William & Ellen Craft, Henry "Box" Brown, and others. Presenters will be Sheri Jackson, NPS Northeast Region's manager of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and Curtis Smith, Outreach Coordinator, Student Conservation Association intern.
At 1:00 p.m., Denise Valentine will present "From Richard Allen to Cecil B. Moore: Stories of Freedom and Hope." Ms. Valentine is a professional storyteller with Roots & Wings, Philadelphia, who will relate stories about the African Americans who lived, breathed and walked the streets of 17th – 20th century Philadelphia. This interactive storytelling performance is presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.
Additionally, a special Traveling Trunks Exhibit will be on display February 17 – March 1, courtesy of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, GA. The exhibit features hands-on information about the life of Dr. King and the "Sweet Auburn" Community. The exhibit contains reading materials, photos with captions of historic buildings, background information on the area, and videos and speeches made by Dr. King.
February 9, Frank Etzel returns to the Series with a new PowerPoint presentation titled, "Some Trains Old, Some Trains New; Some Trains Borrowed, Some Trains Blue." Mr. Etzel is a computer systems administrator with IBM and long-time rail historian, and resides with his wife, Barbara, in Vernon, NJ.
On February 16, Alan Sweeney, President, Lackawanna Historical Society and Board Chairman of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, will highlight portions of his most recently published book, "Journey Along the DL&W Railroad – A Pictorial History of the Pocono Resorts" in a colorful PowerPoint presentation and lively discussion. A book signing will follow Mr. Sweeney's presentation.
The February segment of our 2008 Winter Lecture Series will conclude on February 23, with a slideshow titled "The Lehigh & Hudson River Railway, 1962-1976" by Tom Nemeth. Mr. Nemeth, a New Jersey native, is editor of Railpace Newsmagazine, presenting news, feature stories and pictorials on Northeastern U.S. railroading.
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 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. from January 6 – March 29, 2008; regular Park hours, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., resume on March 30. 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 web site at www.nps.gov/stea.
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