Finding Conshohocken

UPCOMING TALK by Ned Drinker, local Navigator:

DESCRIPTION: “Finding Conshohocken” is a two-hour slide show exploration of the history of Conshohocken from William Penn to the present including the Schuylkill Navigation, iron and steel, J Ellwood Lee, Woodmont and redevelopment.

WHEN: Monday, January 30th 5:30 – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Conshohocken Free Library, Community Room (downstairs), 301 Fayette St, Conshohocken, PA, 19428

Parking is on the street. However, the PNC bank lot behind the library may be available after bank hours.

In Person FREE!


Oliver Evans Society for Industrial Archeology



Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to noon 
West Chester University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
775 S Church Street, West Chester, PA 19383 

In partnership with the Global Philadelphia Association, this special exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention by exploring the rich heritage of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and its famed Liberty Bell was one of the U.S.’ first World Heritage sites, deemed to be of universal human value for its importance in the creation of the world’s first Enlightenment-era Republic. However, the exhibition delves beyond this colonial narrative to show that Philadelphia’s global heritage is the result of continuous interactions of diverse communities over time. 

With rare artifacts on loan from the National Parks Service, Lest We Forget Museum, Landis Valley Museum, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, among others; and original works by numerous Philadelphia-based artists such as Diane Keller, Ana Vizcarra Rankin, Salome Cosmique and Sue Chen, Beyond the Bell’s exhibits on labor, immigration, transportation, fashion and arts, festivals, sports and pop culture reveal the richness and global importance of the “City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love.” 

Also on view is Earth Day at 50: Lessons for a Sustainable Future. 

The museum is housed in the Old Library Building.  Enter through the main front door on Church Street. Please note that there are stairs you will need to walk up to get to the building; unfortunately it’s a historic building (on the National Historic Register) and stairs are the only way to get into the building.  

There is ample metered street parking in front of the building on Church Street.  Note: this is a one-way street that leads to Rosedale Avenue.  Payment is required on all days except Sundays through a municipal kiosk, which accepts credit cards. Free parking is available in Lot K located behind the Sykes Student Union, off Rosedale Avenue. On weekends you may park without a permit in any student-designated space.

Reservations: Call Reese Davis at 610-692-4456 or e-mail at

For those who wish to, we could gather to have lunch in downtown West Chester after the tour.

Here is a map of the campus and parking locations:

Pennsylvania and the Potato Chip

An interesting piece from the online site Atlas Obscura. Accuracy not assured.

“Hanover, and a few counties surrounding it, is the biggest producer of America’s favorite guilty pleasures. More potato chips (and pretzels, candy, ice cream, and chocolate) are produced over these few counties than anywhere else on Earth.”

The Campbell Soup Company

Princeton Preservation Group


The Campbell Soup Company Corporate Archives: Preserving the History of an American Food Brand

November 15, 2022, 7pm via Zoom by Scott Hearn

The business that would become Campbell Soup Company was founded in 1869 in Camden, NJ as a cannery. The invention of condensed soup in 1897 fundamentally changed the trajectory of the business and how American consumers purchased and enjoyed soup. The goal of the corporate archives is to protect, preserve, and internally leverage our historic holdings across all brands. The current archival collection contains around 10,000 items of various mediums. To fully understand the scope of the collections, Corporate Archivist Scott Hearn will explore the early history of Campbell covering 1869 to 1922, followed by an examination of the challenges of working in a private archive and the preservation of such a diverse collection of artifacts.

Scott Hearn is the Corporate Archivist for the Campbell Soup Company. Scott earned his B.A. in History and M.A. in Public History from Rutgers-Camden. Before working at Campbell, Scott worked for the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia,, and the Philadelphia City Archives. Scott began working at Campbell in 2018 as the Assistant Corporate Archivist and became the Corporate Archivist in 2021.  He oversees the archival collection of the Campbell Soup Company and all of the associated brands. 


A special tour of the Neon Museum of Philadelphia

Saturday, November 19, 2022 – noon

The Neon Museum of Philadelphia is a cultural and educational organization dedicated to preserving neon signage, Philadelphia history and art, and the 20th century American roadside.  We’re an American art and history museum disguised as a neon museum.

The Museum’s signs are a window into pre-Internet America — communities built on mom-and-pop businesses, blue collar skills, kids playing in streets, and face-to-face interaction.

We celebrate facets of this 20th century culture. For example, when you visit try your hand at deadbox, a classic Philly street game. While the original was chalked on sidewalks, the Museum has produced a portable version featuring city icons

Unfortunately the Neon Museum is closing at the end of December so this is the last chance for such a tour.

The Museum’s collection contains over 150 pieces, from large, animated commercial signs to one-of-a-kind artworks, featuring:

-Historic Philadelphia Commercial Signs
-National Commercial Signs
-Animated Signs
-Window Signs
-Point of Purchase Displays
-Neon Clocks
-Neon Art, Folk Art, & Found Object Constructions

There is a $10 entrance fee for the museum in support of collections.

Neon Museum of Philadelphia
1800 North American St, Unit E
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Southwest corner of North American and Berks Streets
There is a large parking lot at the location

Those attending the tour are invited to join members after the tour for a snack or meal at Sor Ynez, a Mexican restaurant at the same location.

The Neon Museum of Philadelphia

Save the Date
Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 12 noon

The Oliver Evans Chapter will be sponsoring a tour of the Museum. Details to follow.

Those attending the tour are invited to join members after the tour for a snack or meal at Sor Ynez, a Mexican restaurant at the same location.

Neon Museum of Philadelphia
1800 North American St, Unit E
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Southwest corner of North American and Berks Streets

New Jersey’s Raritan River Rail Road

Membership Meeting of the
Tri-state Railway Historical Society


A Zoom talk by Tom Reynolds
Thursday, November 10, 2022

For the November show, Tom Reynolds returns to continue his history of New Jersey’s Raritan River Rail Road. The story picks up the railroad’s peak freight tonnages in World War I, its lean years during the Great Depression, and proceeds through boom times during the war effort years of World War II. The history will be rounded out by the railroad’s last three decades as a vibrant short line and its eventual assimilation into Conrail in 1980.

The membership portion of the meeting begins on Zoom at 7:00 PM. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The presentation will continue on Zoom and be simulcast on our Facebook page after. All are welcome to attend!

Click here to register for the webinar meeting:

Philadelphia Wastewater Treatment Plant Virtual Tour

Presented by Environmental Engineer, Drew Brown

Thu, November 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Our virtual tour will take virtual visitors behind the scenes at the City’s Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant to follow polluted wastewater step by step through the treatment plant until the cleaned wastewater is cleaner than the Delaware River itself and can be discharged safely to it.

Philadelphia’s sewers and the City’s three water pollution control plants, including its award-winning Southeast Plant – all repaired, rebuilt, and/or expanded under the Clean Water Act – have played a major role in making the region’s streams, small and large, cleaner from the City’s northern limits to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. These streams 50 years ago were: polluted with sewage, industrial waste, and trash; unfit for recreation; unhealthy for habitation by aquatic wildlife; and, barely useable as potable water supply. Today, 50 years after passage of the Clean Water Act, the region’s streams are valued by the public for their abundant natural resources, for the many recreational opportunities they offer, and as the source of drinking water that is potable and tastes good.

There is also a video presentation available to watch by Adam Levine, Water Department Historian.
River Rebirth, a History: Why Our Rivers Needed Cleaning Up

Frankford’s Elevated Railway and Its Predecessors



The Frankford El Centennial

A presentation by

Harry Garforth

Our next in-person program commemorates 100 years of service for the Frankford railway, which opened for business on November 5, 1922.  Our speaker will be Harry Garforth, author of a new book, FRANKFORD’S ELEVATED RAILWAY And Its Predecessors, a cooperative effort by the author, HSF and the Philadelphia chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.  The book features many images from our extensive photograph collection and is slated to be available for purchase on the night of the lecture.

Address: 1507 Orthodox St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

This presentation will be live streamed via our Facebook and YouTube pages and will be available for delayed viewing thereafter.

Here are the links for the presentation:

Facebook live-streamed event:
YouTube following the event: