BERRIEN SPRINGS — The Berrien County Historical Association at 6:30 p.m. Thursday will present a program on "Steam Power," about the Age of Steam in America.Tom Kimmel of Berrien Springs, will give the talk at the 1839 Courthouse Museum in Berrien Springs. He is president of the Steam Automobile Club of America.Kimmel's program will feature several steam engines that he will operate on the museum grounds, as well as models that help illustrate steam technology.The nineteenth century became known as the Age of Steam. Harnessed steam power drove everything from railroad locomotives to farm engines. Prior to its use, man-made vessels could travel no faster than the wind or horses could propel them.Steamships and railroads revolutionized travel around the world. The internal combustion engine competed with steam as the motive power for early automobiles.The most famous of the steam cars, the Stanley Steamer, was built from 1898 until 1924, and total production reached nearly 12,000 cars. One Stanley race car set a world speed record of 127 mph in 1906 and unofficially clocked over 150 mph in 1907.The museum is along Cass Street (old U.S. 31). Admission is free to members of the Berrien County Historical Association, and $1 for non-members.People who want more information about the program may call the Berrien County Historical Association at 471-1202.