Steamtown NHS to Showcase Films from The History Channel, WVIA Productions

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Date: June 18, 2007

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!

The History Channel is one of the nation’s leading cable television networks featuring compelling original, non-fiction specials that bring history to life in a powerful and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network provides an inviting place where people experience history in new and exciting ways, enabling them to connect their lives today to the great lives and events of the past that provide a blueprint for the future. The History Channel reaches more than 90 million Nielsen subscribers.

WVIA Public Broadcasting is a regional catalyst, organizer and educator, using media, partnerships, ideas and programs to advance the best attributes of an enlightened society. The PBS affiliate features entertaining documentary films on historical, cultural and contemporary topics produced by the commonwealth's most renowned documentary filmmakers.

Steamtown NHS will partner with both providers to showcase some of their best railroad-oriented productions from July through September, 2007.  Additionally, guests enjoying The History Channel productions will be able to purchase copies directly at The scheduled presentations, which vary in length from 30-50 minutes, will show at 10:00 a.m., and 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:


July 1 & 28,

August 25 & September 30

“Railroad Robber Barons” - A History Channel Presentation

July 4 & 21, August 19 & September 23


“Freight Trains” - A History Channel Presentation

July 7,

August 4 & September 8


“Great Railroad Visionaries” - A History Channel Presentation

July 8,

August 5 & September 9


“Transcontinental Railroads” - A History Channel Presentation

July 14,
August 11 & September 15


“When Giants Roamed: The Golden Age of Steam” - A History
  Channel Presentation

July 15,

August 12 & September 16


“Stokin` The Fire: What Makes Trains Go” – A History Channel


July 22,

August 18 & September 22


“Railroading`s Miniature Marvels”- A WVIA Productions


July 29,

August 26 & September 29


Scranton: The Once and FutureCity”- A WVIA Productions


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

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