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Power and Beauty of “Steel: Made in Pennsylvania” captured in photos at Payne Gallery

Visitors are welcome to view exhibit during August including Musikfest week

Bethlehem SteelBethlehem, Pa., July 19, 2007— During the 19th and 20th centuries, Pennsylvania led the country in steel production and was at the forefront of the American Industrial Revolution.  The Pennsylvania mills that produced the steel that built the Empire State Building, the gates of the Panama Canal, and the armaments that enabled the United States to win two world wars are featured in a photographic exhibition currently on display in the Payne Gallery at Moravian College.  The exhibit, “Steel: Made in Pennsylvania,” will run until the end of August. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 3 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Gallery. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

During 2005 and 2006, state museum photographer Don Giles visited Pennsylvania steel sites in Ambridge, Bethlehem, Homestead, Koppel, and Steelton and produced images that provide insights into the power and beauty of a historic and once vital industry. Today, the Industrial Revolution is over and many of the steel mills that helped create modern America have shut their doors.  Many have been demolished, but many live on as unintended memorials to the people who made them work. A sample of images contained in the exhibit can be previewed at: http://www.statemuseumpa.org/steel-gallery.html

Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in Historic Bethlehem.  The Gallery is open 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and closed Mondays, holidays and during school breaks. Admission is free, and it is wheelchair accessible.  Please call the Art Department at 610-861-1680 for additional information.

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.