$500K grant could make Bethlehem’s Industrial History Museum a destination

NMIH Vice Chairman Lee Butz and State Sen. Pat Browne announce the $500,000 grant. –

State officials are hoping a $500,000 grant will help Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History become more of an overnight destination for tourists.

The grant, announced by state Sen. Pat Browne, (R-Lehigh), at the museum on former Bethlehem Steel property in South Side Bethlehem, will be used to support events, develop marketing and public relations campaigns, fund enhancements and support new construction.

“This is a transformative grant,” said Kara Mohsinger, president and CEO of the museum.  “It will not only allow us to enhance the museum for our visitors, but to break new ground on exciting projects that will help us tell the story of the industries and the people that built this country.”

The grant will help the museum in developing new exhibits to educate the younger generations about the nation’s industrial history, inspire young inventors and entrepreneurs and reach audiences beyond the tri-state area.

“I am pleased to have secured this funding to help the museum reach its goal of promoting the past achievements in American Industrial history, with a specific focus on the history made here in the Lehigh Valley, while at the same time inspiring our next generation of great industrial minds and creators,” said Browne, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. “The NMIH’s affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, including displays on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, is an indication of the significance and credibility of this museum and its place in promoting the tremendous accomplishments of America’s industrial prowess.”

The grant will be funded through Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

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