Steamtown National Historic Site

350 Cliff St Scranton PA 18503


Variable. Some volunteer projects can be done remotely

Megan Stevens

Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) is a railroad museum and heritage railroad located on 62.48 acres in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, at the site of the former Scranton yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (DL&W). The museum is built around a working turntable and a roundhouse that are largely replications of the original DL&W facilities; the roundhouse, for example, was reconstructed from remnants of a 1932 structure. The site also features several original outbuildings dated between 1899 and 1902. All the buildings on the site are listed with the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Yard-Dickson Manufacturing Co. Site. Volunteer opportunities at Steamtown NHS are diverse - from Info Desk Attendant to Tour Guide in the Interpretive Division, from Trainmen to Engineers in Railroad Operations, mechanics, sheet metal fabricators, and curatorial assistants. Our varied opportunities exist to help fulfill the Park mission and Comprehensive Interpretive Plan to preserve this important part our industrial heritage! Steamtown National Historic Site has a world-class archives of information related to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad as well as other significant rail-related collections that need transcribed. You can be part of the effort to enhance multi-purpose records access, from scholarly academic research to historic structures preservation to family history and genealogical requests. While previous transcription experience is useful, anyone who meets the qualifications can provide valuable volunteering from the comfort of one's own home. The park historian will email document scans along with detailed instructions and sample transcriptions. While the historian may periodically email to inquire on progress, there is no set time limit (within reason) for completing the transcriptions; accuracy is the key requirement. When the transcriptions are completed, email the completed running document back to the park historian, who is available to answer any questions or concerns along the way.

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