EAST BROADTOP RAILROAD: REVIVAL OF A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 pm E.S.T.

Join us to ride the rails (via webinar) and learn about the East Broad Top Railroad (Rockhill Furnace, Huntingdon County). Once called “the dormant gem of railway preservation,” the EBT RR is a rare narrow-gauge railway and time capsule of industrial technology.

After many years of inactivity, the East Broad Top Railroad has been purchased by a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. The EBT Foundation is working with the volunteers of the Friends of the East Broad Top and the Rockhill Trolley Museum to return its Baldwin-built steam locomotives to operating condition and to continue stabilizing the railroad’s historic buildings.

Free, via Zoom. Pay-what-you-wish/Donations welcome

Here is a link for further information and to register for the program.

https://www.preservationpa.org/webinar-east-broadtop-railroad/

A River Runs Through It

A Webinar Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Fairmount Water Works

Thursday, May 12, 2022
12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Fairmount Water Works are one of Philadelphia’s most iconic sites, yet the least understood by locals. It’s even harder for out of towners to comprehend its significance when you tell them “you MUST visit our old municipal water processing facility. “ Yet an exploration of the space reveals a landmark that is a masterful marriage of classical form and innovative function. In its heyday, Fairmount water works certainly wasn’t a mystery to the average Philadelphian… or American for that matter. In the mid-19th century, it was a world famous tourist attraction— the most visited man-made attraction in America (only surpassed in numbers by a more natural “water feature”at Niagara Falls). Upon his visit in 1842, Charles Dickens called it “a place wondrous to behold.”

Join Water Works Executive Director Karen Young and education staff on a below-ground, behind-the-scenes tour to see the inner workings of the waterworks. We’ll also see the more modern amenities of the Interpretive Center, which includes classrooms and a fish laboratory.

We’ll also take a sneak peek at the recently opened multi-disciplinary art exhibition called
“POOL: A Social History of Segregation”, set in the former Kelly Natatorium in the lower level of the Water Works. The exhibition is an artistic and scholarly investigation into the role of public pools in America, with the goal of deepening the understanding and the connection between water, social justice and public health.

We’ll meet some of the artists and designers behind this ambitious exhibition.

MORE ABOUT THE WATER WORKS
Designed in 1812 by Frederick Graff and built between 1812 and 1872, it operated until 1909, winning praise for its design and becoming a popular tourist attraction. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 for its architecture and its engineering innovations.

It now houses an interpretive center that explains the waterworks’ purpose and watershed history, managed by the Phila. Water Dept.

Here is the link to register for this event:

https://myphillypark.org/event/fww-webinar/

Northeast Philadelphia History Fair

Presented by the Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History

Saturday, April 30, 2022
10:00am to 3:00pm

Free admission, All are Welcome 

There will be over thirty presenters – local historical societies, historical organizations, museums, authors, and others – offering displays and a wide range of historical books, photos, maps, prints, and memorabilia.

And there will be two presentations:
11:00 AM –  Louis M. Iatarola & Amarynth Ruch of the Historical Society of Tacony will present “Disston Saw Works, Past & Present”

1:00 PM – John H. Hepp IV, Ph.D., Professor of History, Wilkes University, “You Can’t Get to Heaven on the Frankford El: A Centennial History of the Frankford Elevated” (in honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Frankford El in 1922).

The Oliver Evans Chapter will be hosting a table presenting information on our group and its activities. Press Manager Tom Brady will be offering our publications for sale.

Located at:
Cannstatter Volkfest Verein
9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
(near the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Academy Road)

Wayne Junction Walking Tour

The Preservation Alliance For Greater Philadelphia
presents

A Special Architecture Walking Tour

The Wayne Junction Historic District, bordering lower Germantown and upper Nicetown, was once a bustling Philadelphia industrial center known as “Workshop of the World.” In the later decades of the 1900s, Wayne Junction experienced disinvestment and decline as manufacturing moved elsewhere, leaving many of the buildings vacant and deteriorated. Join real estate developer and Preservation Alliance board member Ken Weinstein for a tour of the historic Wayne Junction area to get a closer look at his redevelopment projects while experiencing Philadelphia’s historical importance in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the hope and potential for Wayne Junction’s future.

The cost for the tour is $20 for Preservation Alliance members and $25 for non-members. 

Here is the link for more information and to register for the tour:

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Roebling Museum Roadtrip

C.C. Sunderland and innovations in 20th century bridge construction

April 6, 2022 6pm

Join us as Dario Gasparini shares his research into construction technologies for suspension bridges with a focus on C. C. Sunderland, Chief Engineer for the John A. Roebling Son’s Company.

He will discuss construction of suspension bridge cables, the development of new structural systems for bridges, and the introduction of prestressed concrete.

Cost: Pay what you wish

Here is a link to register for the event:

Indigenous Ancestors, Immigrants and Industry

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 tabradyjr43@gmail.com

Here is a link to AECOM’s excavations along I-95:

https://diggingi95.com/explore-all-sites/

South Street History Museum

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.

Guided Tour of AECOM’s I-95 Archaeology Center

Society for Industrial Archeology
Oliver Evans Chapter
Presents

Guided Tour of AECOM’s I-95 Archaeology Center –
Indigenous Ancestors, Immigrants and Industry

 Saturday, January 29, 2022  TIME: 10 AM

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

 

 

 

From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

The New Jersey Chapter 
of the National Railway Historical Society
presents a Zoom program

Underground Philadelphia:
From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

Jan 24, 2022 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WJC member Joel Spivak will present his program on Underground Philadelphia. The program is based on a book by Harry Kyriadkodis and Joel that they put together in 2019.  We will record the program in case you miss it live.

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. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above.

David Homer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

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Be sure to check our West Jersey Chapter webpage:

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from the National SIA Organization

Join the SIA for the 17th session of IA Online
Wednesday, January 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern (US & Canada):

Paul King & Marty Johnston – “Roebling’s Monongahela Bridge: History & Motion: A Progress Report”

Register to join us on Zoom:

https://michigantech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUodeyopzIpEtYwYT9zfDimR7K2jlEnzMDP

This collaborative talk will be roughly 40 minutes long, with the remainder of hour reserved for questions and discussion with the presenters.

Also, videos of past IA Online presentations can be viewed on the SIA YouTube Channel.