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

Tour of Independent Record Pressing Co.

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DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2019

TIME: Optional Lunch – Noon       Tour – 1:30PM

LOCATION: Optional Lunch – Mastoris diner, 144 Rt. 130, Bordentown, NJ
                        Tour: IRP Co. – 300 Bordentown-Hedding Rd., Bordentown, NJ 

The Independent Record Pressing Co. presses 12-inch vinyl records in a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse just off Rt. 130. The company was co-founded in 2015 by David Hansen and Darius Van Arman, owners of independent-label record companies, in response to the need created by the unexpected 21st century renaissance of vinyl records.

IRP started with six Tracey-Val/Hamilton automatic presses that dated to the 1970’s. They came from one of the longest running presses on the East Coast; Hub-Servall Record Mfg. Corp., which had operated in Cranbury, NJ but closed its doors in 2004 and sold its 14 presses to RIP-V Pressing Plant in Quebec, Canada. When RIP-V closed in turn in 2015, Hansen and Van Arman bought the presses and Dave Miller, son of the original founder of Hub-Servall, brought them back into operation at IRP. He is the plant manager of IRP while Sean Rutkowski is the general manager.

The company still operates two of the old machines, along with six new electric presses. Vinyl pellets sourced from Thailand are poured into a press’s extruder, melted with steam, and formed into a lump about the size of a hockey puck. Labels are put on top and bottom and the whole is pressed between metal stampers. The excess vinyl is trimmed off and the discs are water cooled. After being checked they are sleeved and jacketed and packaged for shipping.

REGISTRATION or QUESTIONS: E-mail or call Helen Schenck at hschenck@princeton.edu or 609-386-4180

DEADLINE: May 21st

You Are Invited…

Manayunk Canal

Society for Industrial Archeology
OLIVER EVANS CHAPTER
are invited as guests of the
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Reception, Exhibition and Film

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM

Join us for a reception for the current Bicentennial exhibition about the Manayunk and Fairmount Canals, curated by Sandy Sorlien of the FWWIC.

Enjoy refreshments while we also premiere the new short film Shadow River at 5:30PM by Manayunk’s Addison Geary.

Along with historic maps and contemporary photographs, the film will feature interviews with archaeologist Kristin Swanton, preservation consultant Stuart Wells and canal historian and tour guide Glenn Wenrich. The filmmaker and featured experts will join us for Q&A after the film.

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center,  640 Water Works Drive

Registration: Space is limited. RSVP to sandysorlien@comcast.net