The Art Deco Interiors of the 1928 Swedish-America Liner MS Kungsholm


Swedish American Line’s KUNGSHOLM sailing from New York, assisted by Moran tugs, Braun Brothers Collection, SSHSA Archives.

presented by Maritime Historian CHRISTIAN RODEN

An event hosted by
Society for Industrial Archeology – Oliver Evans Chapter
together with
Delaware Valley Chapter of Steamship Historical Society of America
Independence Seaport Museum

 Christian Roden was a Fulbright scholar who spent a year doing research at the French Line archives in LeHavre, France focusing on the Art Deco interiors of the 1927 liner, Ile De France. He is currently on the library staff of the University of Pennsylvania and has presented programs for the Port of New York Chapter of the World Ship Society.

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 2 PM Program followed by a Reception
Cost: Donations requested
Place: Independence Seaport Museum
211 South Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Parking: Next to Museum at Walnut St. & Columbus Blvd.
Registration & Information: Steve Loveless at 215-495-8889 or

Deadline: October 14



Rust Belt Takeover of Philadelphia


The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance and the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists are excited to host the Rust Belt Takeover of Philadelphia from October 4th-6th. For full tour descriptions CLICK HERE. Consider this your opportunity to learn Philadelphia’s history beyond the Liberty Bell and the Revolutionary War.

Date And Time

Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 2:00 PM –Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 12:30 PM 

Click here to register for tours that are still open:

About the hosting organizations:
Founded in 2013, the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA) is a volunteer-run membership entity of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia (PAGP) guided by the next generation of preservation leaders. It seeks to engage, connect, and embolden the residents of Greater Philadelphia on issues surrounding historic preservation. Our work advocates for projects and movements that positively impact cultural heritage and celebrates a vast community dedicated to protecting the built environment and heritage throughout the region.
Formed in 2016, the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists (RBCoYP) unites the Rust Belt’s growing young preservationist movement. The mission of the Coalition is to create a common forum among groups within the region, mentor and support newly formed young preservationists groups, and use the power of our collective voices to effect change in the preservation movement.

What Saving the Newkirk Monument Taught Us, and What We Still Don’t Know

2019-09-21 Newkirk Monument PRRTHS

In 1838, the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad completed the first rail line between its namesake cities, a landmark feat that would eventually link Boston and New York to the nation’s capital. The following year, the railroad’s board commemorated the effort with a 15-foot marble obelisk at the western foot of its bridge at Grays Ferry. Inscribed on this Newkirk Monument were the names of the four railroads that merged to form the PW&B, and 51 of their executives, engineers, and contractors. For years, the Monument held a place of honor along the Pennsylvania Railroad’s line to Washington, D.C. But by the 21st century, the obelisk was eroding and largely forgotten, until a remarkable coalition of government and private groups came together to save it. The Monument has much to tell us about Philly’s railroads in the Age of Jackson — yet some things remain shrouded in history. Please join us for a talk about the Newkirk Monument, and perhaps even to help us solve its remaining mysteries.

September 21, 2019 1:30 PM

Drexel Hill Methodist Church
600 Burmont Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

More about  PRRT&HS

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS), is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, is a qualified independent 501(c)(3) Chapter of the Society. The Chapter was formed, by members of the society interested in the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR). The Chapter strives to preserve the history and memory of the Pennsylvania Railroad operations in the greater Philadelphia area. It publishes the “High Line/Keystone Chronicles” magazine on an annual basis. The active information interchange between members and that offered to the public through our publications and internet activity, is greatly enhanced by the many long time rail fans and former PRR employees among our membership. Chapter members possess many areas of interest, experience and expertise… Please share this newsletter with a perspective new member and invite them to a future meeting as a guest!

Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

September 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This free program will take place inside the church sanctuary, followed by a reception in Riverside Hall with live piano music provided by the Jazz Sanctuary. For a modest donation, enjoy gourmet cheesecake by a local pastry chef, paired with moscato wine, coffee or tea.

If you plan to go to this event, the church would appreciate your confirming a reservation. As of a few days ago 55 people had confirmed attendance. Here is the link:

Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit


Locksley Mill Creek Road, Thornbury Twp (Dan Campbell)

Locksley Mill Creek Road, Thornbury Twp

A presentation of The Middeltown Township Historical Society

by Daniel T. Campbell 

AIA, architect and President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of SPOOM (The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills,

Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

From the beginning of European settlement the creeks of Chester County (from which Delaware County was created in 1789) were a source of revenue for area residents. In 1699 William Penn partnered with Caleb Pusey and Samuel Carpenter to operate a grist mill along Chester Creek in Upland, only one of the hundreds of grist, saw, fulling and other mills, that lined the banks of our County’s waterways flowing into the Delaware River going north from the Brandywine, to Chester, Ridley, Crum, Darby and Cobbs Creeks. Join Dan for the fascinating history of milling in southeastern PA and the process of locating and identifying these mills, whether still existing, re-purposed or in some degree of decay.

Lima Estates, 411 North Middletown Road, Media, PA

Free and open to the public, no registration required.

Mill stones (Dan Campbell)


Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation presents

A Book Talk with authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak

Wednesday, September 18th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Historic Gloria Dei Church, 916 S Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA

Admission is free, no registration required.








Historic Gloria Dei Church, 916 S Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA


Admission is free, no registration required.