Beaver County Industrial Museum
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in Beaver County
during the 20th century
All displays in the museum for 2017 will be centered on "Then & Now" with a special emphasis on the Union Movement starting in 1933, through their heyday in Beaver County, up to the lockout and closing of the ATI plant in Midland
The original Shippingport Atomic Power Station located in Shippingport, Beaver County Pennsylvania was the first large-scale, central-station nuclear power plant in the United States and the first plant of such size in the world operated solely to produce electric power. This program was started in 1953 to confirm the practical application of nuclear power for large-scale electric power generation. It has provided much of the technology being used for design and operation of the commercial, central-station nuclear power plants now in use.
The reactor reached criticality on December 2, 1957 and remained in operation until October 1982. The first electrical power was produced on December 18, 1957 as engineers synchronized the plant with the distribution grid of the Duquesne Light Company.
The Beaver County Industrial Museum will highlight three displays of the many on display for 2015. The smallest of the three will be “Immigration and Migration into Beaver County with the steel mill expansion during the early 20th century”. Because of the great response from the public during 2014, the exhibit on the “Shippingport Atomic Power Station” will be continued for 2015. An expanded display on “Fry Glass” will be showcased for 2015 as well. With these and all of the other displays at the Beaver County Museum there should be something for everyone interested is learning about Beaver County history.
Please join us for this and all of the other exhibits at the Beaver County Industrial Museum
SHIPPINGPORT ATOMIC POWER STATION 1957
THE WORLD'S FIRST COMMERCIAL
ATOMIC POWER STATION