Steamtown National Historic Site wants to be more welcoming to Spanish-speaking visitors from Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond.
The park has introduced four Spanish-language Junior Ranger programs to assist English as a Second Language visitors of all ages in learning about the history of steam railroading as they explore the site.
The free programs offer fun and thought-provoking activities that provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the ways in which steam railroading influenced American industrialization, commerce and society between 1850 and 1950, the site said.
“Explorando Steamtown” is for ages 5 and under, while two “Programa de Junior Ranger” are offered, one for ages 6 to 8 and the other for ages 9 to 12. The final program is for visitors 13 and up. Visitors also receive a Junior Ranger badge as a memento.
Park Ranger Flor Blum, who recently joined the Steamtown staff and crafted the programs to help the park reach new audiences, can assist Spanish-speaking families and groups in making the most from their visits, the site said. Groups wishing to schedule a visit may call Blum at 570-340-5316 for information.