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New River of Revolutions Interpretive Center to Celebrate Grand Opening

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area will celebrate the grand opening of the brand new River of Revolutions Interpretive Center, which tells the history of the Schuylkill River region through the American, Industrial and Environmental Revolutions.

WHEN: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012

WHERE: Schuylkill River Heritage Area offices, 140 College Drive, Pottstown, PA.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
  • Congressman Jim Gerlach, U.S. House of Representatives, PA-6th District
  • John Giordano, Deputy Secretary , PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Karen Stout, President, Montgomery County Community College
  • Kurt Zwikl , Executive Director, Schuylkill River Heritage Area

WHAT: The River of Revolutions Interpretive Center is a new visitor center for the Schuylkill River Region, located in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area headquarters. It features interactive exhibits, family friendly displays and educational videos that highlight the region’s significant heritage. Maps and brochures connect visitors to recreational and tourist opportunities throughout the five-county (Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia ) Heritage Area.

The new interpretive center will one day be part of the planned Schuylkill River Academic and Heritage Center , which is being developed through a unique partnership between Montgomery County Community College and the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. That project involves renovating a currently unused portion of the MCCC-owned 140 College Drive building, where the Heritage Area offices are housed. When finished, the building will contain classrooms and a state-of-the-art laboratory that will support the College’s Environmental Science degree program and allow for joint programming between the Heritage Area focusing on recreation and river education. The River of Revolutions Interpretive Center is the latest addition to the Academic and Heritage Center . Over the past several years the college has renovated a parking lot that will serve the center and completed infrastructure improvements to the building.

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