| March/April 1981

  • Corliss steam engine

    Hagley Museum

  • Corliss steam engine

Side view illustration of the Corliss steam engine which powered Machinery Hall at the Philadelphia Centenneal Exhibition in 1876. Courtesy of Hagley Museum

The impact of steam power on the lives of Americans is shown in an exhibition at the Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, through April 5.

The show is titled, 'Loose the Mighty Power: Impressions of the Steam Engine in America.'

The influence of steam power on American industry, transportation, literature, leisure activity, and home life is depicted through a presentation of lithographs and engravings, operating models of steam engines and locomotives, decorative art objects and vintage photographs.

A portion of 'Loose the Mighty Power' was provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Traveling Exhibits Service. Hagley Graduate Program students, training for careers in the fields of museum studies and the history of technology, have prepared the remaining part of the exhibit.

The Hagley Museum, founded on the site of a 19th-century industrial community is located on the Brandywine River, three miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, via Routes 52, 100 and 141. An admission fee is charged. Hours are Tues. Sat., 9:30-4:30; Sun. 1-5.