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Smithsonian Curator's to present gallery talks
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - As part of the current exhibition program, "From Turbines to Tupperware: Two Centuries of Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian," Moravian College will present a series of gallery talks by members of curatorial team. Alison Oswald, Peter Liebhold, and William Worthington of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History/Behring Center will each present a lecture during the course of the exhibition. Alison Oswald will present, "Preserving Invention Records: It's More Than Just the Patent," on Wednesday, October 3, in Payne Gallery at 8:00 p.m.
Oswald has served as a professional archivist for both the Archives Center and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. She administers the Modern Inventors Documentation Program (MIND) which documents, interprets and disseminates information about invention and innovation Peter Liebhold will present, "Managerial Propaganda? Deconstructing Work Incentive Posters," on Wednesday, October 17, 8:00 p.m.. Liebhold is a curator in the National Museum of American History, Division of the History of Technology. His areas of research and interest include the culture of work, management practice, methods and motivations of technological change, and work imagery.
William Worthington will present, "An Engineered History: The Drawings of Lockwood Greene Company," on Wednesday, October 31, 8:00 p.m. Worthington specializes in the history of mechanical and civil engineering at the National Museum of American History. He has written articles on the history of technology and been the curator of several exhibits including a history of domestic gas lighting and most recently "Make the Dirt Fly!; Building the Panama Canal."
This inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Payne Gallery is a culmination of the partnership between Bethlehem Works - National Museum of Industrial History, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and Moravian College.
"From Turbines to Tupperware" includes more than 80 drawings dating from the 1830's to the 1990's from the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. On display are inventors' sketchbooks, engineers' mechanical drawings, architects' renderings, and industrial designers' illustrations that provide a glimpse at the type of interesting and illuminating works that will soon adorn The National Museum of Industrial History. This Smithsonian affiliate museum will open to the public in 2002 as part of the Bethlehem Works project in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. It is closed Mondays, major holidays and during school breaks. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Bethlehem is sixty miles north of Philadelphia and ninety miles west of New York City.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.