Beaver County Industrial Museum
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Following the Beaver County
history theme in 2021, we are featuring
Women in the workplace, This will be photos of Women in Industry.
Our changing room is now centered on Shippingport Atomic Power Station
with the original model from the power station of 1957 and an entire room dedicated to its use.
In the glass room we have a new
display of Vaseline Glass also
known as Uranium Glass.
We are continuing a display on remembering Aliquippa.
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. Because of the great response from the public during 2014, the exhibit on the “Shippingport Atomic Power Station” will be continued . An expanded display on “Fry Glass” will be showcased 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