Evenings at the Museum

Join us to explore the museum behind-the-scenes and get up close and personal with our historic collections. Each program will spotlight something new and includes admission to the Marshall Steam Museum. Download our 2016 Poster here.  Don’t forget to join our Facebook Events and invite your friends. 

First Tuesday evening of the month
May through November
7 pm start time
Cost: $5; Free for FAHP Members
Across the street in the museum’s event lot

Please check the website the day of a scheduled program as activities may change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as bad weather. You can always call the FAHP office at 302-239-2385 if you have a question about one of these programs. 

This year we are experimenting with podcasting. If you miss a program, check back here for the podcast. Time between the program and the posting of the podcast will vary. Thank you for your patience.

2016 Schedule of Activities

May 3, 2016

Toy Trains Hit the Rails with John Schubel, Malcolm Taylor and Jay Williams

The “electric train” group will present a history of toy trains, starting with 19th-century floor trains and progressing to mechanical and electric track trains. We’ll have displays of trains from early short-lived manufacturers as well as the “Big Three”:  Lionel, Ives and American Flyer. Guests will have a chance to “take the controls” of the museum’s Lionel standard-gauge layout.  Did you miss the program? Listen to the podcast by clicking here.

June 7, 2016

Clarence Marshall and friends alongside his 1906 Winton, Brandywine Battlefield, ca. 1907

Selling American Innovation a special Conversation with Tom Marshall
Join Tom Marshall, founder of Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, as he shares stories from his life growing up in a car family. His father, T. Clarence Marshall, served as the Stanley Dealer for the state of Delaware and later became an avid antique auto collector, building the Marshall Collection now housed in the Marshall Steam Museum.  Join our Facebook Event and invite your friends!


July 5, 2016

Stanleys and Racing: Factory Performance Cars and Specials with Kelly Williams

D.W. Harper in a Stanley Model K, Giant’s Despair Hillclimb, 1908

In the early years of the automobile industry, Stanleys were practically unbeatable in certain kinds of races. We’ll talk about cars that were intended for general sale, but were designed for extremely high performance. We’ll also discuss several cars that the factory created specifically for racing, one of which gained world renown in 1906 and 1907. Join our Facebook Event and invite your friends.



August 2, 2016

Assembling Stanley cars at factory, c. 1912.

*FREE Evening at the Museum*
Exhibition Open House
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our newest exhibition Letting of Steam: The Stanley Legacy. From the 1890s through the 1920s, people experimented with a new engineering marvel: the automobile. While the skeptics waited for the fad to pass and the world to return to the civilized ways of the horse and carriage, others looked to a future spent traveling on four wheels. Few companies succeeded, and many failed. This exhibit explores the history of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, the company that built many of the cars you will find in the Marshall Steam Museum, and the connection between that company and Auburn Heights. This special Evening at the Museum will be free to the public. Cash bar and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
Join our Facebook Event and invite your friends.

September 6, 2016

Invitational Preview: Interview with the Car Owner
The special theme for the 2016 Auburn Heights Invitational Historic Auto Display is Roadsters & Runabouts. Join us for a special Interview with the Car Owner. Rose Ann Hoover will join us for a special conversation about her 1940 Packard 120 Convertible Sedan. *Please  note, that because this program takes place outside, this program is weather permitting. Please check back here for any changes to the schedule.  Join our Facebook Event and invite your friends.


October 4, 2016

The Marshall Patents: Making Fiber Continuously with Bob Wilhelm
Join Auburn Heights volunteer Bob Wilhelm as he shares his research on the paper and fibre history of the Marshall family from the mid-1800s until the formation of National Fibre & Insulation Company in the early 1900s. He’ll start by investigating the Marshall paper business and how Israel Marshall (grandfather to Tom Marshall) perfected the papers that were used in the making of vulcanized fibre in Wilmington. Then he will explore how Israel transformed single-sheet fibre-making machinery into a patented continuous process, producing a superior fibre by the roll. Attendees will be able to handle vulcanized fibre samples; stay tuned for a website component to this program. Join our Facebook Event and invite your friends.

November 1, 2016

Auburn/Yorklyn: From Hamlet to Village to Hamlet with John Harrison
Join local historian John Harrison for this special talk that will explore the genesis, growth, decline, and renaissance of Yorklyn. The time span of this talk will cover the village’s beginnings, dating to the 1700s, through the exciting developments of today. Join our Facebook Event and invite your friends.

Please check the website the day of a scheduled program as activities may change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as bad weather. You can always call the FAHP office at 302-239-2385 if you have a question about one of these programs. 

Click here to check out last year’s lineup of programs. We are always looking for new ideas; email education@auburnheights.org with yours.


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