ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC

Oliver Evans Chapter/SIA

PROGRAM, ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC

Monday, September 25, 2017

Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family & the Industrial Metropolis

When Philadelphia was the Workshop of the World, the Sellers family numbered among the city’s leading industrial families, developing canals and railroads and manufacturing goods ranging from textiles to steel frames for bridges and skyscrapers. But as Philadelphia de-industrialized in the 20th century, the Sellers family’s firms also declined.

Author Domenic Vitiello, PhD, is an urban historian at the University of Pennsylvania who will examine the rise and fall of Philadelphia as an industrial metropolis through a focus on the Sellers family and their network of associates. His talk is based on his 2013 book of the same name from Cornell University Press. Dr. Vitiello’s book is available at Amazon.com and other retail sources.

Time:  6PM Picnic

7PM Annual Meeting

7:15 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 September 20 to: Larry DeYoung, 54 N.Waterloo Rd., Devon, PA 19333. If you wish to pay at the door, e-mail Larry at larry.deyoung@verizon.net

Questions: Send an e-mail to info@siaoliverevans.org

 

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PROGRAM, ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC

Monday, September 25

Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis

When Philadelphia was the Workshop to the World, the Sellers family numbered among the city’s leading industrial families, developing canals and railroads and manufacturing goods ranging from textiles to steel frames for bridges and skyscrapers. But as Philadelphia de-industrialized in the twentieth century, the Sellers family’s firms also declined.

Author Domenic Vitiello, PhD, is an urban historian at the University of Pennsylvania who will examine the rise and fall of Philadelphia as an industrial metropolis through a focus on the Sellers family and their network of associates.  His talk is based on his 2013 book of the same name from Cornell University Press . Dr. Vitiello’s book is available at Amazon.com and other retail sources.

Tour of Philly (formerly Akers) Shipyard

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The shipyard is currently building a series of eight MT-50 class product tankers. The 183 m long, 50,000 deadweight vessels are designed to carry a variety and liquids from crude oil to chemicals

 Society for Industrial Archeology
Oliver Evans Chapter 
presents
TOUR OF PHILLY SHIPYARD

 DATE: Friday, July 14, 2017                             TIME: 10 AM

This tour has been fully subscribed through emails to Oliver Evans Chapter members. Attendees will have a private tour of the working shipyard located near the main drydock of the former Naval Base. 

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Annual Dinner

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Oliver Evans Chapter Annual Dinner

Friday, January 20, 2017
Penns Landing Catering, Columbus Blvd & Washington Avenue

A presentation by Jack McCarthy on his new book.

A significant new, illustrated history commissioned by the Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia presents a unique view of the region’s manufacturing past and present as it looks toward a bright future. The book was co-sponsored by the Urban Industry Initiative and the City of Philadelphia.

Jane Mork Gibson, 1923-2016

OBITUARY

Jane Mork Gibson, 1923-2016

Photograph by Ann Cullen.

Photograph by Ann Cullen.

Jane Mork Gibson was a founding member of the Oliver Evans Chapter and worked diligently to promote the SIA mission concerning the industrial heritage of the Delaware Valley. She left the area to be closer to family, but she sorely missed her friends and colleagues in Philadelphia who will continue to hold her and her contributions in high regard.

Jane was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, colleague and friend, with a long career as a historian of Philadelphia industry and technology, died on Wednesday November 23, after a brief illness, in Atlanta, Georgia. Family members were by her side. She was 93.

 

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Annual Wright Stuff Film Fest

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27th Annual Wright Stuff Film Fest
(Resumed after a 2-year hiatus)

Monday, December 5, 2016
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Martha Capwell Fox, Archives & Museum Coordinator

Martha Capwell Fox is in charge of maintaining the Museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, books, films and videos, and historic documents. She creates and installs exhibits for the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery; “Dixie: Easton’s Cup of Health and Happiness” was presented during the 2016 season. In addition, Martha works as a docent and interpreter in the Museum, the Locktenders House, and aboard the Josiah White II, the only mule-drawn canal boat ride in Pennsylvania.

The presentation will include W.W. Chambers’ 1930s era film of the Fairmount Waterworks, the Aquarium, Boathouse Row and Fairmount Park. Also included will be the segment of the 1979 NOVA episode “The Bridge that Spanned the World” which describes the birth of the American Industrial Revolution in the Lehigh Valley. “This is Steel”, a film from Bethlehem Steel and “Blast Furnace/Open Hearth Furnace” from US Steel will be included as well as “Silk Mill” footage shot in the last silk mill in Allentown. If time permits, a railroad film will be included.