Society for Industrial Archeology
OLIVER EVANS CHAPTER
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
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
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