Chapter November Program


Society for Industrial Archeology



Philadelphia Celebrates: Three Great Anniversaries – 1876 – 1926 – 1976

Edward W. Duffy, Speaker

How do you celebrate a national commitment to equality, liberty and tolerance in the middle of political upheaval, riots and a national draft? What can we learn about the character of a city by studying how its representatives plan such a celebration?

These are the questions that drive Edward Duffy’s book. A remarkable account of the Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial celebrations of the American Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia Celebrates lays bare the motivations behind the planning and execution of these celebrations. Far more than just a history, this book is, above all, a portrait of the people who made these celebrations possible: the rebels, the crooks, the advocates and the citizens forgotten in the shadow of politician’s egos.

As his story unfolds, Duffy dives into unexpected places to unearth the relics of these celebrations and ultimately presents his reader with a thoughtful history of civil rights, women’s rights and religious freedom in Philadelphia through the analysis of these “three great anniversaries”.

Edward W. Duffy is a graduate of LaSalle and Temple Universities. He has worked for Philadelphia Dept. of Commerce, its Planning Commission, its Port Corporation and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. He is also a member of the OE/SIA.

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Time:  5:30 Refreshments

           6:15 Program

Cost: $10 per person if pre-registered      $15 if not reserved in advance

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

           You can park in the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Registration: E-mail names and phone numbers of members and guests to

  or phone Larry at 610-293-9098

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Water Works!


In a few weeks, you can enjoy a sneak peek of parts of the Fairmount Water Works not typically open to the public.
Eye-level with the Schuylkill River, walk the same underground paths as a royal family and Olympic swimmers during a behind-the-scenes look at one of Philadelphia’s first tourist destinations.
This is a hard-hat tour, and may not be accessible for all of our visitors. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
Registration required. Space is limited, so register today!RESERVE YOUR SEAT

Thu, October 26, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Fairmount Water Works

640 Waterworks Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19130

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