Programs At Hanford Mills Museum

Steam Power 101

Saturday, June 23 9:00 am – 5:00 pm AND Sunday, June 24 9:00 am – Noon

steam collagLearn the theory and practical operation of a wood-fired steam power plant in this in-depth two-day course.  Instructor Joe Michaels, retired Senior Mechanical Engineer at the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project, designed and helped to build the Museum’s wood-fired steam power plant.

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.

The course objective is to 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. Beginners welcome, no technical expertise required. Participants should bring a bag lunch.

The cost for Steam Power 101 is $100 for Museum members and $125 for non-members. Register now by calling 607.278.5744, email, or online.  Advance registration is required.

Minimum: 3 participants Maximum: 10 participants

Steam Power Demonstrations

Throughout the season on select dates, Hanford Mills Museum operates its wood-fired steam boiler plant and  horizontal and vertical steam engines.  The steam boiler and steam engines will be running during the Independence Day Celebration, where visitors can enjoy free samples of ice cream made on a steam-powered churn, chilled with ice from the Ice Harvest Festival. To be notified of dates for other steam power demonstrations, join our email list.