Railroads on Parade

The Oliver Evans Chapter presents
A virtual Zoom presentation by Joel Spivak, OE Acting President
Wednesday, June 29, 2022  7 pm

Joel Spivak’s Power point presentation brings together two of his favorite subjects, Railroads and Worlds Fairs and Expositions. See how the railroad was presented to the public at the 1851 “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations” London, and at the spectacular exhibit “Railroads on Parade” at the 1939 World’s Fair, New York. 

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AECOM’s I-95 Archaeology Center Tour

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 18 OE Chapter members visited the center and were treated to a thorough presentation on work at the lab and on material recovered from the excavations along I-95.  There are a number of exhibit cases displaying artifacts representing previous houses and factories in the area. 

https://diggingi95.com/project-information/project-overview/
Prominently featured were pieces from the Dyott Glass Works. The glassblowers often created fanciful pieces on their off hours. https://diggingi95.com/archaeological-sites/dyottville-glass-works-site/
Other cases displayed household items recovered from backyard privies behind houses once located in the neighborhoods along the highway. https://diggingi95.com/uncategorized/northern-liberties-3/
Wooden remnants of a canal were found when excavations proceeded up Aramingo Avenue. https://diggingi95.com/archaeological-sites/aramingo-canal-site/

The Penn Treaty Museum is housed in the same building as the AECOM lab. So our members were treated to a tour of the museum that features artifacts and images presenting the history of the treaty between William Penn and the elders of the Lenape.

Today, the museum has evolved from a website to a bricks and mortar facility with collection of Treaty related artifacts on display, a volunteer staff and projects to ensure that the story of the original stewards of the land and William Penn endures.

http://www.penntreatymuseum.org/

Northeast Philadelphia History Fair

Presented by the Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History

Saturday, April 30, 2022
10:00am to 3:00pm

Free admission, All are Welcome 

There will be over thirty presenters – local historical societies, historical organizations, museums, authors, and others – offering displays and a wide range of historical books, photos, maps, prints, and memorabilia.

And there will be two presentations:
11:00 AM –  Louis M. Iatarola & Amarynth Ruch of the Historical Society of Tacony will present “Disston Saw Works, Past & Present”

1:00 PM – John H. Hepp IV, Ph.D., Professor of History, Wilkes University, “You Can’t Get to Heaven on the Frankford El: A Centennial History of the Frankford Elevated” (in honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Frankford El in 1922).

The Oliver Evans Chapter will be hosting a table presenting information on our group and its activities. Press Manager Tom Brady will be offering our publications for sale.

Located at:
Cannstatter Volkfest Verein
9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
(near the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Academy Road)

Indigenous Ancestors, Immigrants and Industry

Society for Industrial Archeology
Oliver Evans Chapter
presents

Guided Tour of AECOM’s I-95 Archaeology Center – 
Indigenous Ancestors, Immigrants and Industry

DATE: Saturday, April 9, 2022 TIME: 1:30 PM

Located just north of Center City Philadelphia in the popular Fishtown neighborhood, the I-95 Archaeology Center is the temporary working laboratory and public-outreach venue for AECOM’s ongoing I-95 Girard Avenue interchange  Improvement Project. The project area extends for three miles through the ancestral lands of the Lenape (Delaware) people, later settled largely by immigrants who brought diverse cultures to the growing industrial Delaware River waterfront. Approximately one and a half million artifacts dating from 6500 B.C. to the early twentieth century have been recovered thus far. The Center’s interpretive exhibits explore change over time through the material culture of everyday life, the archaeology of local industries and their products, and more.

LOCATION: The Center is located at 900 E. Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125. This is across N. Delaware Avenue from Penn Treaty Park. The Center is on the corner of  Columbia Avenue and Allen St. On-street parking should be available on Saturday.

BY BUS: Take SEPTA Route 43 Bus to Delaware and Columbia Avenues, then a 2 minute walk.

NOTE: Participants must provide evidence of Covid vaccination and wear a Covid mask.

Space is limited to 30 participants.

REGISTRATION: Call Tom Brady at 215-518-8038 or e-mail at tabradyjr43@gmail.com

Here is a link to AECOM’s excavations along I-95:

https://diggingi95.com/explore-all-sites/

Guided Tour of AECOM’s I-95 Archaeology Center

Society for Industrial Archeology
Oliver Evans Chapter
Presents

Guided Tour of AECOM’s I-95 Archaeology Center –
Indigenous Ancestors, Immigrants and Industry

 Saturday, January 29, 2022  TIME: 10 AM

Located just north of Center City Philadelphia in the popular Fishtown neighborhood, the I-95 Archaeology Center is the temporary working laboratory and public-outreach venue for AECOM’s ongoing I-95 Girard Avenue interchange  Improvement Project. The project area extends for three miles through the ancestral lands of the Lenape (Delaware) people, later settled largely by immigrants who brought diverse cultures to the growing industrial Delaware River waterfront. Approximately one and a half million artifacts dating from 6500 B.C. to the early twentieth century have been recovered thus far. The Center’s interpretive exhibits explore change over time through the material culture of everyday life, the archaeology of local industries and their products, and more.

 LOCATION: The Center is located at 900 E. Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125. This Is across N. Delaware Avenue from Penn Treaty Park. The Center is on the corner of Columbia Avenue and Allen St. On-street parking should be available on Saturday.

 BY BUS: Take SEPTA Route 43 Bus to Delaware and Columbia Avenues, then a 2 minute walk.

 NOTE: Participants must provide evidence of Covid vaccination and wear a Covid mask.
Space is limited to 30 participants.

REGISTRATION: Call Tom Brady at 215-518-8038

 

 

 

More than just trains…homage to “workshop of the world”

The Oliver Evans Chapter presents
A virtual presentation by Ron Hoess, OE Chapter Member
Tuesday, January 11, 2022  6:30pm

Over the last 7 years I have been constructing what is referred to as a prototype train layout, meaning a layout that represents a very specific time and place. The layout is set in North Philadelphia circa 1958 and depicts approximately 3 miles of the Pennsylvania Railroad starting just south of North Philadelphia Station and encompassing the first two miles of the Chestnut Hill Branch. In order to accurately portray the area all the structures on the layout are scratchbuilt so they actually look like the buildings that were there. This work is based on research using Sanborn maps and photographs from the city archives or aerial photographs taken in the 1930s. 

Muriel Kirkpatrick is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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More than just trains…homage to “workshop of the world”

Save the Date

The Oliver Evans Chapter presents

More than just trains…homage to “workshop of the world”
A virtual presentation by Ron Hoess, OE Chapter Member
Tuesday, January 11, 2022  6:30pm

The Zoom link for the program will be sent at a date closer to the time of the presentation

View from 19th and Cambria Stifftown Branch

Over the last 7 years I have been constructing what is referred to as a prototype train layout, meaning a layout that represents a very specific time and place. The layout is set in North Philadelphia circa 1958 and depicts approximately 3 miles of the Pennsylvania Railroad starting just south of North Philadelphia Station and encompassing the first two miles of the Chestnut Hill Branch. In order to accurately portray the area all the structures on the layout are scratchbuilt so they actually look like the buildings that were there. This work is based on research using Sanborn maps and photographs from the city archives or aerial photographs taken in the 1930s. The history of each of these buildings not only reflects the broad spectrum of Philadelphia industries but also what was happening in the post WWII transition period. Sadly nearly half of the buildings depicted on the layout no longer exist or are abandoned. Nevertheless the layout serves as an act of preservation, albeit in miniature, of a great industrial city.

Harrison Safety Boiler works 17th St.

The Industrial and Neighborhood History around Matthias Baldwin Park, Philadelphia, Zoom Link

The Oliver Evans Chapter presents
“The Industrial and Neighborhood History around Matthias Baldwin Park”

A talk by Joe Walsh, vice president of the Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park
 Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:30- 8:30

Matthias Baldwin Park is a two-acre Philadelphia city park at 423 North 19th Street. Formerly the area was filled with machine shops, foundries, coal yards, and locomotive factories, headed by industrialists such as Matthias Baldwin, William Sellers, Asa Whitney, William Bement, and Oliver Evans The talk will focus on two former industries. In addition, the Baldwin Park neighborhood will be presented as an example of the sequence of events that changed this and many Philadelphia neighborhoods from Lenape homeland to colonial estate to “workshop of the world” to a deindustrialized target of redevelopment and finally to an area of glass high-rises.

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The Industrial and Neighborhood History around Matthias Baldwin Park, Philadelphia

Industrious Light: Baldwin Locomotive Works
The new mural by Phillip Adams for the Mural Arts program.
Note turtle; flowering plants; locomotive; and factory shop with wheels, hoist, and rivets on steel support columns.

The Oliver Evans Chapter presents
“The Industrial and Neighborhood History around Matthias Baldwin Park”
A talk by Joe Walsh, vice president of the Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park

 Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:30 – 8:30

Matthias Baldwin Park is a two-acre Philadelphia city park at 423 North 19th Street. The Friends post a monthly hyperlocal history article about sites within two blocks of the park at www.baldwinparkphilly.org, under the History tab. There are over fifty articles so far, many dealing with industrialists such as Matthias Baldwin, William Sellers, Asa Whitney, William Bement, and even Oliver Evans. There are minimal remnants of these former machine shops, foundries, coal yards, and locomotive factories, but Joe will mention two in his talk. In addition, he will use the Baldwin Park neighborhood as an example of the sequence of events that changed this and many Philadelphia neighborhoods from Lenape homeland; to colonial estate; to “workshop of the world;” to a deindustrialized target of redevelopment; and finally to glass high-rises.

Joe is retired from the medical field and has spent 16 years in Philadelphia. He lives in the Baldwin Park neighborhood and has long been interested in all things related to coal, iron, and machine makers — basically the 19th century history of his neighborhood. He is on the board of the Friends of Matthias Baldwin Park and serves as webmaster for the group’s website at www.baldwinparkphilly.org, and wrote many of the monthly history articles on the site. He is constantly impressed at how a few neighbors can adopt a wee bit of Philadelphia and make it the centerpiece of a real community.

Below is a link to an article by Joe with detailed information on the elements depicted in the mural including the Baldwin locomotive.

https://www.baldwinparkphilly.org/new-mural-in-the-neighborhood

Save the Date 

This presentation will be on Zoom and a link will be posted closer to the time of the event.

 

Philadelphia Railroads

An Oliver Evans Chapter Program
presented by Joel Spivak

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
7:00 – 8:30

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Philadelphia, “the workshop of the world,” produced locomotives, railcars, interiors, wheels, and tracks. Some of the earliest railroads in the country operated in Philadelphia and left a legacy of treasures around the city.

Take a virtual tour and hear about Joel’s love of the railroad and how he developed a lifelong interest in the subject.

The book, “Philadelphia Railroads,” by Allen Myers and Joel Spivak, is a tribute to Oliver Evans, the inventor of the American “High Pressure Steam Engine.”

Chapter member Joel Spivak is a native of Philadelphia and has had a varied career in architecture and the arts. His community service is legendary, and has benefited neighborhoods all over the city. Projects he was involved in include creating the South Street Renaissance and defeating the Crosstown Expressway in the 1970s, the opening of Rocketships & Accessories space toy store in the ’80s, and winning the “Outstanding Achievement in Design for Affordable Housing” HUD award in the 1990s. He created and managed a Little League baseball team at Sack’s Playground at 5th & Washington in the early ’90s, and has created events for National Hot Dog Month for the past 10 years. In addition, he has written three books on transportation history in Philadelphia. He was awarded “Citizen of the First Rank” by City Council for his lifetime commitment to his neighborhood and the city of Philadelphia.

The program will be presented through a Zoom meeting. 

Pre-registration is required to receive the link to the Zoom meeting.

To register, please send an email indicating your interest to the Chapter address: oesiaphila@gmail.com