National Museum of Industrial History Launches “Meet the Experts” Series

Oct 3rd, 2016Press Release from National Museum of Industrial History

Ever wonder why the Lehigh Valley became a center for steelmaking, or are curious about the many mills still standing today, which were once home to the region’s thriving silk industry?  The National Museum of Industrial History is excited to announce its new “Meet the Expert” series, engaging and interactive programs that seek to answer these questions and more.

“The ‘Meet the Expert’ series is a perfect compliment to our Museum exhibits,” said NMIH President and CEO, Amy Hollander.  “These discussions will allow our visitors to explore different aspects of the industrial story, among them: the source of natural resources, the connections between industry and community, and the results of innovation.”  The series will feature experts spanning many fields, from archaeologists and historians to former Steelworkers and model makers.  Kicking off the series will be a discussion led by Edward S. Henning on Saturday, October 15th at 11am titled, “Natural Resources that Influenced the Rise of Local Industry.” The program will seek to connect the Lehigh Valley’s rich deposits of raw materials and the industrial boom that occurred after their discovery.

Mr. Henning, a native of Easton, PA who now resides in Bethlehem Township, is an adjunct professor at Northampton County Community College who has assisted on U.S. Geological Surveys with Lehigh University and has assisted on archaeological digs with Temple University.  He is also a published author of over 40 articles spanning archaeology, geology, and mineralogy.  He serves as an advisor to the Honorable Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth, chief of the Lenape National of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society’s Education Committee.

The series will take place on the third Saturday of each month at 11am and is included in the price of admission to the museum and free to Museum members.  Continuing in November, the series will also touch on the topics of industrial model making, the local silk industry, and an insider’s look at working as a rigger at the Bethlehem Steel.

For more information on the “Meet the Experts” Series visit or call the Museum at 610-694-6644.  

About the National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, students, and veterans with valid identification; and $9 for children ages 7-17. Children 6 and under are free. More information can be found at  For more information on NMIH please visit or call 610-694- 6644.

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