Correction on Annual Dinner

All entrees will be served buffet style. Selections may be made as you choose.

Garden salad, Honey soy glazed salmon, Gallo’s lump crab cakes,  Chicken marsala, Penne with pancetta and tomato vodka cream sauce, garlic & herb roasted potatoes, fresh vegetables, warm apple cobbler & vanilla ice cream, tea, coffee.

COST: $35 per person. Send check by January 26th, payable to OE/SIA

MAIL TO: Tom Brady, 2024 Glendale Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152-4013 215-518-8038                   tabradyjr43@gmail.com

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NAME:_______________________________________ PHONE:_______________________

EMAIL:_______________________________________

No. of Reservations @ $35 ea. = Amount enclosed $_______  DEADLINE: JANUARY 26th

OLIVER EVANS CHAPTER/SIA 34th ANNUAL DINNER

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Philadelphia and the Birth of Airmail

An Illustrated Lecture by

Fred Moore, Historian, Northeast Philadelphia History Network

Airmail

With American forces still fighting in World War I, the famous U S Army Air Service Curtiss “Jenny” trainer planes were assigned to a new mission: Deliver the mail on a regular schedule between New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. Army pilots made history when the very first airmail was delivered from New York to Philadelphia,  May 15, 1918. The Washington-bound airmail took off in front of throngs of officials and excited citizens who came in Model T’s, farm wagons, and on horseback to Bustleton Airfield, located at today’s Red Lion Rd. and Haldeman Ave. Airmail instantly became an integral part of communications. Commercial aviation was born.

Fred Moore is an historian with the Northeast Philadelphia History Network, president of the trustees of Lower Dublin Academy, treasurer of Pennepack Baptist Historical Foundation and past president of Holmesburg Civic Association. Fred is a retired chemical engineer with Rohm and Haas Co. and a consultant on the history of Northeast Philadelphia.

Bustleton Airfield today is a shopping center, housing development, and a recreational field.

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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 2019

5:30 Cash Bar 6:00 Buffet    7:00 Program

PLACE: Gallo’s Seafood Restaurant, 8101 Roosevelt Blvd., Phila., PA 19152

The restaurant is on the east side of the Boulevard (use far right lane) at Stanwood St., one block north of Rhawn Ave. Free parking is available. Accessible by SEPTA bus routes 1,14, 20, 50.

DINNER SELECTION:

Garden salad, 1. Honey soy glazed salmon, 2. Gallo’s lump crab cakes, 3. Chicken marsala, 4. Penne with pancetta and tomato vodka cream sauce, garlic & herb roasted potatoes, fresh vegetables, warm apple cobbler & vanilla ice cream.

COST: $35 per person. Send check by January 26th, payable to OE/SIA

MAIL TO: Tom Brady, 2024 Glendale Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152-4013

215-518-8038                   tabradyjr43@gmail.com

_______________________________________________________________________________

NAME:_______________________________________ PHONE:_______________________

EMAIL:_____________________________________

No. of Reservations @ $35 ea. = Amount enclosed $_______  DEADLINE: JANUARY 26th

Dinner Selection(s)  

 Salmon ______   Crab cakes ______  Chicken ______  Penne ______

 

Diffusing Knowledge to Workers: The Heroic Mechanics’ Institute Movement

Joseph Priestley Society presentation

Thursday, January 10, 2019

11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

A luncheon and program featuring Robert G. W. Anderson, president and CEO, Science History Institute.

Mechanics’ institutes were independent bodies established by workingmen, often with the support of philanthropists, beginning in the 1820s. They flourished in the British Isles, North America, and Australia, and provided evening classes to teach mathematics, mechanics, and chemistry. Usually the buildings included libraries and often museums. It was not until public education became freely available that the institutes declined.

The movement was a heroic effort in self-education. Typically, workers returned home from work at 7:00 p.m., when they changed into their best clothing and began two hours of study; they would have to be at work again at 6:00 a.m. the next day. In the heyday of these institutes thousands of them existed, broadening the horizons of many hundreds of thousands of workers in the sciences and engineering. Today they are all but forgotten, but when studied, they provide us with an inspiring understanding of our Victorian forebears.

About the Speaker

Robert Anderson is the current president and CEO of the Science History Institute. He studied chemistry at Oxford University, receiving a doctorate in inelastic neutron scattering. Later, he took an Oxford diploma in British archaeology.

Deciding to pursue a museum career, he became a curator in the history of science at the Royal Scottish Museum and then moved on to the Science Museum in London, where he became keeper (or head) of the chemistry department. Before long he was recalled to Scotland as director of the National Museums, merging the Museum of Antiquities and the Royal Scottish Museum to form a single entity. Then in 1992 he was appointed director of the British Museum, where he oversaw the building of the Great Court. After a decade there, Anderson stepped down as director to concentrate on research, first at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and later at Cambridge University.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Networking Reception
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • Luncheon
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Program

Tickets for the event are $25

Science History Institute

315 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

United States

Link for further information and tickets:

https://www.sciencehistory.org/event/joseph-priestley-society-luncheon-201901

Reminder: Oliver Evans Chapter Event

WILLIAM RAU’S PHILADELPHIA

A Glass Lantern Slide presentation by Martha Capwell Fox, Historian and Archives Coordinator, National Canal Museum/ Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Time: 6PM Program     Reception to follow

Cost: $15 for members of sponsoring organizations and guests. $20 for all others.

ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE ON LINE. NO PAYMENT AT DOOR

       http://philachaptersah.org/index.php/category/chapter-programs/

Place: Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121

Questions: E-mail: info@philachaptersah.org

Using the Wagner’s vintage glass lantern slide projector Martha will present a program featuring 19th-C views of Philadelphia by famed photographer William H. Rau, (January 19, 1855 – November 19, 1920).  Born in Philadelphia, at the age of 13, he started doing photographic work for his future father-in-law, William Bell, a medical and survey photographer for the federal government. In 1874, with Bell’s recommendation, Rau joined an expedition to Chatham Island in the South Pacific to photograph the Transit of Venus. After returning, Rau worked for the Centennial Photographic Company, the official photographers of Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exposition. After the exposition, he joined his father-in-law’s stereo card studio, which he purchased in 1878. He operated this studio in partnership with his brother, George, until 1880. From that point into the 20th-C he traveled the world making photographs on commission for numerous groups.  He spent a significant portion of the 1890s doing photographic work for both the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, and published collections of his railroad photos in 1892 and 1900. He was the official photographer for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland the following year. His work is now included in the collections of several prominent museums, libraries and archives around the world.

How It Works: Iron vs. Steel

ironsteel

Sunday, November 25th at 2pm

What is the difference between iron and steel? In this hands-on tour, guests will learn the basics of each material, then dive deeper to discover specific types of iron and steel, how production evolved over time, and what products they can be found in.

The National Museum of Industrial History “How It Works” series of tours are designed to help patrons further understand of specific facets of industrial history. The series is presented with NMIH’s Historian and includes behind-the-scenes looks at special collection items, artifacts, and aspects of the museum generally out of the public eye. This is the perfect chance to answer the questions of, “how does steam power work,” “how is steel made,” and more.

Admission for the “How It Works” tours is $5 in addition to regular museum admission. Complete visitor information at this link:  http://nmih.org/visit/

National Museum of Industrial History

602 E 2nd St,

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Telephone: 610.694.6644

FAX: 610.625.6204

E-mail: info@nmih.org

 

WILLIAM RAU’S PHILADELPHIA

2018-12- 05 Wm Rau Race St at Delaware Ave LOC 39906v

Rau photo, Race Street at Delaware Avenue

Oliver Evans Chapter/SIA, Philadelphia Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians and Wagner Free Institute of Science

present

WILLIAM RAU’S PHILADELPHIA

A Glass Lantern Slide presentation by Martha Capwell Fox, Historian and Archives Coordinator, National Canal Museum/ Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Time: 6PM Program     Reception to follow

Cost: $15 for members of sponsoring organizations and guests. $20 for all others.

ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE ON LINE. NO PAYMENT AT DOOR

       http://philachaptersah.org/index.php/category/chapter-programs/

Place: Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121

Questions: E-mail: info@philachaptersah.org

Using the Wagner’s vintage glass lantern slide projector Martha will present a program featuring 19th-C views of Philadelphia by famed photographer William H. Rau, (January 19, 1855 – November 19, 1920).  Born in Philadelphia, at the age of 13, he started doing photographic work for his future father-in-law, William Bell, a medical and survey photographer for the federal government. In 1874, with Bell’s recommendation, Rau joined an expedition to Chatham Island in the South Pacific to photograph the Transit of Venus. After returning, Rau worked for the Centennial Photographic Company, the official photographers of Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exposition. After the exposition, he joined his father-in-law’s stereo card studio, which he purchased in 1878. He operated this studio in partnership with his brother, George, until 1880. From that point into the 20th-C he traveled the world making photographs on commission for numerous groups.  He spent a significant portion of the 1890s doing photographic work for both the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, and published collections of his railroad photos in 1892 and 1900. He was the official photographer for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland the following year. His work is now included in the collections of several prominent museums, libraries and archives around the world.

The National Canal Museum’s collection of Rau glass lantern slides was a gift from Professor Charles Best, who was chair of the engineering department at Lafayette College.  There are over 1200 slides in his collection, but we will see about 80 of the best of Philadelphia.

Martha Capwell Fox has been with the National Canal Museum for six years, but has a three decades-long relationship with the Museum through former Director Lance Metz. She graduated from American University with a dual degree in International Relations and History. She spent most of her career in publishing; working at National Geographic and was a senior editor at Rodale Press. She has published seven books, four Arcadia books on local Lehigh Valley history, and YA histories of swimming, auto racing and Vatican City.  Her latest book, “Geography, Geology, and Genius: The Industrial History of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor” is in production and should be out by the end of the year.

The talk will take place in the historic Lecture Hall of the Wagner Free Institute of Science and is followed by a reception in the Museum.

About the Wagner: Founded in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is dedicated to providing free public education in science. Its programs serve all ages and include evening science courses—the oldest free adult education program in the country—lectures, field trips and children’s lessons. The Wagner is also committed to preserving and interpreting its National Historic Landmark building, designed by John McArthur, which opened in 1865. The building houses a Victorian-era lecture hall, a library, and three-story exhibition hall displaying more than 100,000 natural history specimens. The site is virtually unchanged since the 1890s. The Wagner today is both an educational institution that teaches contemporary science, and a historic site that presents a time capsule of Victorian science. It is open to visitors Tuesdays – Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM, year-round, and offers an array of evening and weekend programs throughout the year. It is located at 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue, a few blocks from Temple University’s main campus and the Temple-Cecil B. Moore Broad Street Line station.