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:

date and time for The Clean Water Act @ 50: Philadelphia

A zoom talk by Adam Levine

Wed, November 2, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Thanks largely to investments and regulations stemming from the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers are now cleaner than they have been at any time in the past century.

Philadelphia Water Department Historian Adam Levine will look at how a rising tide of pollution in the 19th and early 20th centuries affected the well-being of the city’s residents and the region’s overall ecological health, and how that tide has since abated.

Levine will illustrate how tighter controls on industrial and sewage discharges in Philadelphia and in upstream communities have led to significant improvements in both the quality of the river water and the livability of the riverfronts.

More on the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act in Philadelphia:

Here is the link for Adam’s talk:

In the page below there are other events and also a link to a related video, River Rebirth, about this subject, featuring Adam:

Hagley Museum Exhibit

Nation of Inventors

Nation of Inventors celebrates the American spirit of ingenuity by taking visitors on a journey from the early years of the patent system, in the 1790s, through the “golden age” of American invention, in the late 1800s. The exhibit features more than 120 patent models from Hagley’s unique collection highlighting the diverse stories of inventors from all walks of life.

Patent models are scaled representations of inventions and were part of the patent application process for nearly 100 years. Nation of Inventors showcases patent models representing innovations in a variety of industries from transportation and manufacturing to food preservation and medical devices.

In the exhibition, visitors will enjoy engaging experiences around every corner, testing their knowledge of innovation and hearing personal accounts from inventors.

Nation of Inventors is a must-see attraction for families with children, museumgoers interested in stories of innovation and invention, and visitors who are ready to rediscover Hagley.

Hagley posted a story about how the year-long delay if the exhibit due to flooding of the building allowed the addition of an iron of special significance. “It was the first American patent for an iron, the twenty-ninth patent issued to a woman in the United States, and the oldest known surviving model submitted by a woman.”