MILLS OF THE DELAWARE VALLEY

Locksley Mill Creek Road, Thornbury Twp (Dan Campbell)

Locksley Mill Creek Road, Thornbury Twp

A presentation of The Middeltown Township Historical Society

by Daniel T. Campbell 

AIA, architect and President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of SPOOM (The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills, www.spoommidatlantic.org)

Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

From the beginning of European settlement the creeks of Chester County (from which Delaware County was created in 1789) were a source of revenue for area residents. In 1699 William Penn partnered with Caleb Pusey and Samuel Carpenter to operate a grist mill along Chester Creek in Upland, only one of the hundreds of grist, saw, fulling and other mills, that lined the banks of our County’s waterways flowing into the Delaware River going north from the Brandywine, to Chester, Ridley, Crum, Darby and Cobbs Creeks. Join Dan for the fascinating history of milling in southeastern PA and the process of locating and identifying these mills, whether still existing, re-purposed or in some degree of decay.

Lima Estates, 411 North Middletown Road, Media, PA

Free and open to the public, no registration required.

Mill stones (Dan Campbell)

UNDERGROUND PHILADELPHIA: FROM CAVES AND CANALS TO TUNNELS AND TRANSIT

Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation presents

A Book Talk with authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak

Wednesday, September 18th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

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. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Historic Gloria Dei Church, 916 S Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA

Admission is free, no registration required.

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Historic Gloria Dei Church, 916 S Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

Admission is free, no registration required.

 

How It Works: The Morris Canal

Morris Canal

National Museum of Industrial History  presents

June 30th 2:00 to 4:00

For June’s special How It Works tour Mike Helbing will lead a talk and tour about New Jersey’s Morris Canal. The waterway was built in the 1820s and 1830s, eventually connecting the Lehigh Valley to the New York Harbor. Anthracite coal, iron, and other goods shipped on the canal spurred industrial development.

The afternoon will start at NMIH where Mr. Helbing will present a “then and now” slideshow describing history of the canal and what its route looks like today, 95 years after it closed. Some stretches remain watered while others have been redeveloped into new uses as diverse as the Newark City Subway.  Helbing will detail how this engineering marvel took boats out of the water and raised them to higher levels of the canal using steep railroads known as inclined planes.

After the talk, around 3 PM, the group will carpool 30 minutes away to Plane 9 West in Stewartsville, New Jersey, just outside of Phillipsburg, to explore a fascinating remnants of the canal with guide Jim Lee. Wear your hiking shoes and a jacket because Mr. Lee will lead a special tour underground to see a subterranean chamber that still houses the circa 1850 hydraulic turbine that provided the muscle to pull boats up the inclined plane. Visitors can depart Plane 9 West at their own pace. Guests are welcome to return to NMIH, walk the canal, or talk with the guides and explore the site.  Admission is $5 in addition to regular museum admission.

Mike Helbing is founder of Metrotrails, a unique hiking group that often traces the path of industry, whether it be on canal towpaths, former railroad grades, or foot trails through mining and factory landscapes. The purpose of Metrotrails is to assist in the planning, development, maintenance, and promotion of trail systems in the New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area, as well as education and preservation of natural and historic aspects of their routes. Mr. Helbing is a lifetime hiker; beginning at the age of three. Since then, he has worn out a multitude of footwear hiking over the tri-state area. Most weekends, you’ll find Mike on a trail somewhere, leading groups of outdoor enthusiasts on 15 to 20 mile hikes. He is also involved in the Warren County Board of Recreation, and countless other trail organizations.

602 E 2nd St
Bethlehem, PA 18015

 

Mill Creek to Sewer

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Mill Creek Sewer, ca. 1883, at 47th Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia. The effort to encapsulate and bury Mill Creek in a 21-foot (6.4 m) sewer pipe ran from 1869 to 1894

June 25th, 6:30 pm

Adam Levine, historian at the Philadelphia Water Department, will talk on the fascinating history of Mill Creek, encapsulated as a sewer from 1869 to 1895. Hear updates on work happening this summer at 43rd and Baltimore.

June 25th at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The McNeil Science and Technology Center, University of the Sciences, room 145 , 600 S 43rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

RSVP recommended but not required at facebook.com PhillyH2O. Check out Adam’s website, a great resource on Philadelphia water history. http://www.phillyh2o.org/index.htm

OLIVER EVANS PROGRAM, ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Adventures in Steam Locomotion

A school teacher by day, in his free time Tom Gears is a steam locomotive engineer at Wilmington & Western RR in Delaware and has been working with steam-powered equipment since 1981. For the last 15 years he’s been all over the world chasing down the last real working revenue producing steam locomotives. He’ll be talking about finding and documenting these locomotives in China, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Paraguay and Poland with photos and video clips. In May, Tom was in Wyoming to see the first run of the restored Union Pacific Big Boy locomotive, one of the largest steam locomotives ever built, as part of the Transcontinental RR 150th anniversary. He will wrap up the program with the Big Boy as the grand finale.

Time: 6PM Picnic         6:45PM Annual Meeting    7PM Program

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Waterworks Dr.
You can park on the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Cost: $20 per person by Advanced Reservation only

Note: Food is only ordered for reservations. Mail your name and number in party with check payable to OE/SIA, no later than June 19 to: Helen Schenck, 169 West Federal St., Burlington, NJ 08016. If you wish to pay at the door, e-mail your intention to attend to:  hschenck@princeton.edu

Questions: E-mail to info@siaoliverevans.org

115-ton Corliss steam engine comes alive

Corliss

National Museum Of Industrial History

May 31st – June 2nd

For over a decade NMIH has been working on a big project, and it’s finally ready to debut. Join us May 31st through June 2nd as we reveal our operational Corliss steam engine, meticulously restored by a dedicated group of volunteers, local companies, and NMIH staff.

Throughout the weekend we’ll be hosting special talks, demonstrations of the engine running, steam whistle blows, and more.  It’s a momentous occasion you won’t want to miss. Patrons will be able to see the engine at work and hear from museum experts and guest lecturers during special programming throughout the weekend which is generously sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and York Water Company.

602 E 2nd St
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 694-6644 x108

Here is the link for the Museum and it’s activities this weekend:

Corliss Steam Engine Debut Weekend