28th Annual Wright Stuff Film Fest

Presented by Martha Capwell Fox, Archives & Museum Coordinator, National Canal Museum/Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Easton, PA

Martha Capwell Fox is in charge of maintaining the Museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, books, films and videos, and historic documents which preserve the history of anthracite mining and the canals which carried the coal to market as well as the industries which sprang up as a result. She creates and installs exhibits for the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery. In addition, Martha works as a docent and interpreter in the Museum, the Locktender’s House and aboard the Josiah White II, the only mule-drawn canal boat ride in Pennsylvania and does many presentations for historical societies and education programs.

This presentation will include W.W. Chambers 1930 era film of the Fairmount Water Works, the Aquarium, Boathouse Row and Fairmount Park. Three Bethlehem Steel films will be shown: Shipshape, The Machine Called Wire Rope and Building the Golden Gate Bridge. The Lehigh Navigation Coal Co. film: Old Company’s Lehigh and Buehler Bros. film: Mauch Chunk Switchback are also included.

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time: 5:30 Refreshments     6:15 Program

Cost: $10 per person if pre-registered      $15 for walk-ins

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

           You should be able to park on the Circle, close to the FWWIC

Reservations: Contact Larry DeYoung at larry.deyoung@verizon.net or 610-293-9098

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                                 ALSO HOLD THE DATE

Our Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Pa

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Chapter November Program

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Society for Industrial Archeology

OLIVER EVANS CHAPTER

presents

Philadelphia Celebrates: Three Great Anniversaries – 1876 – 1926 – 1976

Edward W. Duffy, Speaker

How do you celebrate a national commitment to equality, liberty and tolerance in the middle of political upheaval, riots and a national draft? What can we learn about the character of a city by studying how its representatives plan such a celebration?

These are the questions that drive Edward Duffy’s book. A remarkable account of the Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial celebrations of the American Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia Celebrates lays bare the motivations behind the planning and execution of these celebrations. Far more than just a history, this book is, above all, a portrait of the people who made these celebrations possible: the rebels, the crooks, the advocates and the citizens forgotten in the shadow of politician’s egos.

As his story unfolds, Duffy dives into unexpected places to unearth the relics of these celebrations and ultimately presents his reader with a thoughtful history of civil rights, women’s rights and religious freedom in Philadelphia through the analysis of these “three great anniversaries”.

Edward W. Duffy is a graduate of LaSalle and Temple Universities. He has worked for Philadelphia Dept. of Commerce, its Planning Commission, its Port Corporation and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. He is also a member of the OE/SIA.

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Time:  5:30 Refreshments

           6:15 Program

Cost: $10 per person if pre-registered      $15 if not reserved in advance

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

           You can park in the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Registration: E-mail names and phone numbers of members and guests to

           larry.deyoung@verizon.net or phone Larry at 610-293-9098

Chapter October Program

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Postcard of the President Pump, Friedensville, PA Zinc Mine

Society for Industrial Archeology

OLIVER EVANS CHAPTER presents

The President Pump & its Cornish Pump House

at the Friedensville Zinc Mine

an Illustrated Lecture by Mark W. Connar

It is well known that Bethlehem, PA is the home of the first municipal water pumping system in the United States. A replica of this machine is located in its original stone building in Historic Bethlehem’s Industrial Quarter. Much less known is that, little more than a century later, the largest stationary water pumping engine in the Americas was erected only a few miles away at a mine in the Upper Saucon Township village of Friedensville. This engine, renowned at the time as The President Pump, was designed and constructed by Cornish engineers using time tested old world technical know-how coupled with American manufacturing talent. Although not publicly accessible, the remnants of this machine still exist today.

Mark W. Connar’s presentation will provide us with a view of this fascinating early equipment and its special connections to the 19th century Philadelphia business community. Mr. Connar is a retired businessman with an AB degree in anthropology from Brown University (1972) with post graduate study in archaeology at the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania. He has participated in archaeological surveys in the United States and the United Kingdom. He also holds an MBA degree from Lehigh University (1984). He is on the Board of Trustees, Historic Bethlehem Partnership and is a Founding Member of the National Museum of Industrial History. He is also a member of SIA.

Date: Monday, October 16, 2017

Time: 5:30 Refreshments     6:15 Program

Cost: $10 per person if pre-registered.     $15 if not reserved in advance

Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

           You can park in the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Registration: E-mail names and phone numbers of members and guests to

           larry.deyoung@verizon.net or phone Larry at 610-293-9098

 

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

 

Save the Date

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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