Society for Industrial Archeology Oliver Evans Chapter presents
Guided Tour of AECOM’s I-95 Archaeology Center – Indigenous Ancestors, Immigrants and Industry
DATE: Saturday, April 9, 2022 TIME: 1:30 PM
Located just north of Center City Philadelphia in the popular Fishtown neighborhood, the I-95 Archaeology Center is the temporary working laboratory and public-outreach venue for AECOM’s ongoing I-95 Girard Avenue interchange Improvement Project. The project area extends for three miles through the ancestral lands of the Lenape (Delaware) people, later settled largely by immigrants who brought diverse cultures to the growing industrial Delaware River waterfront. Approximately one and a half million artifacts dating from 6500 B.C. to the early twentieth century have been recovered thus far. The Center’s interpretive exhibits explore change over time through the material culture of everyday life, the archaeology of local industries and their products, and more.
LOCATION: The Center is located at 900 E. Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125. This is across N. Delaware Avenue from Penn Treaty Park. The Center is on the corner of Columbia Avenue and Allen St. On-street parking should be available on Saturday.
BY BUS: Take SEPTA Route 43 Bus to Delaware and Columbia Avenues, then a 2 minute walk.
NOTE: Participants must provide evidence of Covid vaccination and wear a Covid mask.
Space is limited to 30 participants.
REGISTRATION: Call Tom Brady at 215-518-8038 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
South Street History Museum Exhibits on Display March 5th 12th, 19th, 26th , 12 noon to 6 pm
Joel Spivak has been involved with South Street for many years; he has lived in the area since 1969. That’s when he became involved in documenting its history and collecting artifacts related to its commercial and communal activities.
The collection has been exhibited in a number of places. In 1974 the first display was at 337 South Street and was featured in the Philadelphia Magazine August issue. There was also a walking tour, “From Headhouse to Levis’ – South Street’s Unique Contribution to American History.”
Joel contacted the Historical Society of Pennsylvania concerning preservation of fragile objects. The society was impressed with the collection and its excellent documentation detailed in tags and dates. They agreed to take over the housing and curating the collection. Unfortunately the Historical Society gave up their collections, turning over the South Street materials to the Atwater Kent where some of it was exhibited. And now that institution is no more and the collection made before 1990 is in storage.
However, Joel never stopped his documenting and collecting and the new materials can be seen on display at the South Street History Museum which has opened again to the public.
The South Street History Museum now at 523 South 4th Street will be moving again so the current display can only be seen on Saturdays in March 2022. The hours are 12 noon until 6 pm.