Programs at the Marshall Steam Museum

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Upcoming programs: 

  • Behind the Steam: Music Machines
    • Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm
    • In partnership with the Johnson Victrola Museum (part of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs)
    • Johnson Victrola Museum’s Historic Sites Interpreter Francisco Rodriguez will discuss how the early pioneers of Edison’s Phonograph, Columbia, and the Victor Talking Machine Company shaped the early years of the recorded music industry and took a scientific novelty and turned it into a part of our daily lives. The Marshall Steam Museum has several early, working music machines on display, such as a 1905 Edison phonograph and a 1917 Victrola. As part of the program we will demonstrate our working music machines!
  • Behind the Steam: Pedal Cars
    • Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm
    • In partnership with Cabin Fever Auctions
    • Explore our latest temporary exhibit of 80 pedal cars, all from one person’s private collection! These were recently given to Cabin Fever Auctions in Douglassville, Pennsylvania and they will share the story of how the pedal cars came into their possession. They will also delve into pedal car history, the ins and outs of running an auction house and what’s next for the cars! Part of the program will include time to explore the pedal car display inside the museum.
  • Behind the Steam: Erector Sets
    • Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm
    • Revel in the childhood wonder of early erector sets with local collector Dennis Cannon.

Past programs (available to view recorded):

  • Behind the Steam: Wedding Bells
    • What were weddings like at the beginning of the 20th century? Learn about the traditions of these early weddings through the lens of Clarence and Esther Marshall. The Marshalls, who would have celebrated their 100th anniversary this month, left behind incredible artifacts related to their wedding, including a slice of their cake! This program is done in partnership with the Auburn Valley State Park and will take place at the Auburn Heights mansion. Program will consist of time to explore the mansion, view incredible artifacts and enjoy a short talk about early wedding traditions and the Marshalls. 
  • Behind the Steam: Early Telephones
    • We are asking you to pick up the phone from the New Hampshire Telephone Museum! Don’t put them on hold because you will have the opportunity to learn about the early history of telephones from different items in their collection. Then discover the story of the Kellogg wall telephones on display at the Marshall Steam Museum that have also recently been set up to work!
  • Behind the Steam: Luxurious Packards
    • “Ask the Man Who Owns One” is the iconic phrase associated with the Packard brand. Discover the history and highlights of rare and interesting Packards in this joint program between the Gilmore Car Museum and the Marshall Steam Museum.
  • Behind the Steam: Stanley Mountain Wagon
    • Did you know that the Stanley Motor Carriage Company first produced a steam-powered bus in 1909? Join the Marshall Steam Museum’s Kelly Williams as we explore the fascinating past of Stanley Mountain Wagon wonders and the rare Mountain Wagon we have in our collection. Plus receive updates from two museums who have Mountain Wagons in their collection: The Collection on Palmetto and Seal Cove Auto Museum.
  • Behind the Steam: Golden Age of Radio
    • Take a close look at our Westinghouse Radio and its connection to bringing radio into the mainstream. We’ll be joined by Donna Acerra, Professor of Communication at Northampton Community College and she will use our radio as a jumping off to point to discuss the beginning of the “Golden Age of Radio.” She was recently co-curator of “Don’t Touch that Dial: 100 Years of Radio” with the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA.
  • Behind the Steam: Cretors Popcorn Poppers
    • Join the Marshall Steam Museum and Dr. Rob Verbsky, curator at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, as they compare and share details about each museum’s Cretors Popcorn Popper. If you’ve been to a Steamin’ Day at our site, you have encountered the aroma (and hopefully taste!) of steam-popped popcorn form our Cretors Popcorn Popper.
  • Behind the Steam: Model Trains
    • This topic features a toy that’s been on many a child’s wish list to Santa: trains! Using our founder Tom Marshall’s pre-war Standard Gauge Lionels as a jumping off point, enjoy a larger conversation about pre-war Lionel trains. This joint presentation is between a Marshall Steam Museum representative and Dennis Cannon, a local lifetime model train enthusiast and 50 year member of the Train Collectors Association. Born on Christmas Eve, Dennis (in pre-pandemic times) opened his home to people to view his “Forever Christmas Eve” train layout and share his passion!

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