Oliver Evans Chapter/SIA


Monday, September 25, 2017

Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family & the Industrial Metropolis

When Philadelphia was the Workshop of the World, the Sellers family numbered among the city’s leading industrial families, developing canals and railroads and manufacturing goods ranging from textiles to steel frames for bridges and skyscrapers. But as Philadelphia de-industrialized in the 20th century, the Sellers family’s firms also declined.

Author Domenic Vitiello, PhD, is an urban historian at the University of Pennsylvania who will examine the rise and fall of Philadelphia as an industrial metropolis through a focus on the Sellers family and their network of associates. His talk is based on his 2013 book of the same name from Cornell University Press. Dr. Vitiello’s book is available at and other retail sources.

Time:  6PM Picnic

7PM Annual Meeting

7:15 Program

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Dr.

 You can park on the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Cost: $20 per person by Advanced Reservation only

Note: Food is only ordered for reservations. Mail your name and number in party with check payable to OE/SIA, no later than September 20 to: Larry DeYoung, 54 N.Waterloo Rd., Devon, PA 19333. If you wish to pay at the door, e-mail Larry at

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