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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Meeting ID: 846 2596 3913
Passcode: 828279
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Be sure to check our West Jersey Chapter webpage:

https://www.westjersey-nrhs.org/

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.

More than just trains…homage to “workshop of the world”

The Oliver Evans Chapter presents
A virtual presentation by Ron Hoess, OE Chapter Member
Tuesday, January 11, 2022  6:30pm

Over the last 7 years I have been constructing what is referred to as a prototype train layout, meaning a layout that represents a very specific time and place. The layout is set in North Philadelphia circa 1958 and depicts approximately 3 miles of the Pennsylvania Railroad starting just south of North Philadelphia Station and encompassing the first two miles of the Chestnut Hill Branch. In order to accurately portray the area all the structures on the layout are scratchbuilt so they actually look like the buildings that were there. This work is based on research using Sanborn maps and photographs from the city archives or aerial photographs taken in the 1930s. 

Muriel Kirkpatrick is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 865 0203 9316
Passcode: 291706
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More than just trains…homage to “workshop of the world”

Save the Date

The Oliver Evans Chapter presents

More than just trains…homage to “workshop of the world”
A virtual presentation by Ron Hoess, OE Chapter Member
Tuesday, January 11, 2022  6:30pm

The Zoom link for the program will be sent at a date closer to the time of the presentation

View from 19th and Cambria Stifftown Branch

Over the last 7 years I have been constructing what is referred to as a prototype train layout, meaning a layout that represents a very specific time and place. The layout is set in North Philadelphia circa 1958 and depicts approximately 3 miles of the Pennsylvania Railroad starting just south of North Philadelphia Station and encompassing the first two miles of the Chestnut Hill Branch. In order to accurately portray the area all the structures on the layout are scratchbuilt so they actually look like the buildings that were there. This work is based on research using Sanborn maps and photographs from the city archives or aerial photographs taken in the 1930s. The history of each of these buildings not only reflects the broad spectrum of Philadelphia industries but also what was happening in the post WWII transition period. Sadly nearly half of the buildings depicted on the layout no longer exist or are abandoned. Nevertheless the layout serves as an act of preservation, albeit in miniature, of a great industrial city.

Harrison Safety Boiler works 17th St.

The Industrial and Neighborhood History around Matthias Baldwin Park, Philadelphia, Zoom Link

The Oliver Evans Chapter presents
“The Industrial and Neighborhood History around Matthias Baldwin Park”

A talk by Joe Walsh, vice president of the Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park
 Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:30- 8:30

Matthias Baldwin Park is a two-acre Philadelphia city park at 423 North 19th Street. Formerly the area was filled with machine shops, foundries, coal yards, and locomotive factories, headed by industrialists such as Matthias Baldwin, William Sellers, Asa Whitney, William Bement, and Oliver Evans The talk will focus on two former industries. In addition, the Baldwin Park neighborhood will be presented as an example of the sequence of events that changed this and many Philadelphia neighborhoods from Lenape homeland to colonial estate to “workshop of the world” to a deindustrialized target of redevelopment and finally to an area of glass high-rises.

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Meeting ID: 881 0252 7894
Passcode: 757007

See How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built

A Roebling Museum road trip presentation

Wednesday, December 1 at 6pm

Join us as Author Jeffrey Richman shares a selection of 19th-century images from his new book to explore the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Many of the images have never been published on the printed page before. Mr. Richman’s new book, Building the Brooklyn Bridge 1869-1883: An Illustrated History with Images in 3D, is avilable for purchase at local bookstores and online.

Check out this feature on CBS Saturday morning: 
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/new-book-examines-14-year-construction-process-of-the-brooklyn-bridge/

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