Hanford Mills Museum is offering a two-day course on the theory and practical operation of a wood-fired steam power plant. Steam Power 101 will be taught by Joe Michaels, who retired as senior mechanical engineer at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project, and who designed and helped to build the Museum’s wood-fired steam power plant.
The course will provide a working understanding of small, basic steam plant operation, which can be applied to other mill (or stationary) settings, as well as marine and mobile applications. The class will begin with an overview of boiler and steam engine principles, operation, fittings, and equipment. Participants will learn how to fire a boiler, build and maintain a head of steam, control feed water, monitor steam engine valve settings, and other facets of steam engine operation in the Museum’s steam boiler plant. Beginners welcome, no technical expertise required.
Steam Power 101 will be held Saturday, August 15, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, August 16, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The cost is $100 for Museum members, $125 for non-members. Register by Wednesday, August 12 online, www.hanfordmills.org or by calling the Museum, 607.278.5744. The class is limited to 10 participants.
Free Family Saturday
On Saturday, August 15, Hanford Mills Museum will offer the final Free Family Saturday of the season. Coinciding with the Steam Power 101 workshop, visitors will be able to see steam power demonstrations as well as water power demonstrations. Up to two adults receive free admission on Free Family Saturday, when accompanied by a child or teen (who also receive free admission). The Museum will offer an array of hands-on activities for families to enjoy. Free Family Saturdays are sponsored in part by Stewart’s Holiday Match.
About Hanford Mills Museum
Hanford Mills Museum is open 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, and on holiday Mondays through October 15. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Route 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12, in East Meredith, NY, 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi. Children 12 and under are admitted free, as are Museum members. The admission fee for adults and teens (13-64) is $9; and for senior citizens, $7. AAA and military discounts are available.
As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.
For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.