John Grass Wood-turning shop comes to sad end


Christopher Storb in his blog, In Proportion to the Trouble, has provided a final look at this location that was researched by chapter members Jane Mork Gibson and John Bowie. Their partial report is linked in Storb’s page as Historical Background by Jane Mork Gibson. It shows the amount of research professional historians and architects do to document a site.

Storb’s links also record a number of individuals and organizations that promoted the preservation of the shop as a continuing source of study and education.


28th Annual Wright Stuff Film Fest

Presented by Martha Capwell Fox, Archives & Museum Coordinator, National Canal Museum/Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton, PA

Martha Capwell Fox is in charge of maintaining the Museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, books, films and videos, and historic documents which preserve the history of anthracite mining and the canals which carried the coal to market as well as the industries which sprang up as a result. She creates and installs exhibits for the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery. In addition, Martha works as a docent and interpreter in the Museum, the Locktender’s House and aboard the Josiah White II, the only mule-drawn canal boat ride in Pennsylvania and does many presentations for historical societies and education programs.

This presentation will include W.W. Chambers 1930 era film of the Fairmount Water Works, the Aquarium, Boathouse Row and Fairmount Park. Three Bethlehem Steel films will be shown: Shipshape, The Machine Called Wire Rope and Building the Golden Gate Bridge. The Lehigh Navigation Coal Co. film: Old Company’s Lehigh and Buehler Bros. film: Mauch Chunk Switchback are also included.

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time: 5:30 Refreshments     6:15 Program

Cost: $10 per person if pre-registered      $15 for walk-ins

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

           You should be able to park on the Circle, close to the FWWIC

Reservations: Contact Larry DeYoung at or 610-293-9098


                                 ALSO HOLD THE DATE

Our Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Pa

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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