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 

 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


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


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


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.

Lecture: Palazzos of Power

palazzosPalazzos of Power: Central Stations of the Philadelphia Electric Company, 1900-1930: A Lecture and Book Signing

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Lecture 6:00-7:00 p.m., Reception & book signing 7:00-8:00 p.m
Center for Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Featuring author Aaron V. Wunsch and photographer Joseph E. B. Elliott

“If it isn’t Electric, it isn’t Modern.” Such was the slogan of the Philadelphia Electric Company, developer of an unprecedented network of massive metropolitan power stations servicing greater Philadelphia at the turn of the twentieth century. These once-brilliant sentinels of civic utility and activity were designed to convey ‘solidity and immensity’ in an age of deep public skepticism. They now stand vacant and decaying, a blight in the eyes of city planners and a beacon to urban explorers. Join Aaron Wunsch, assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and Joseph Elliott, renowned photographer and Professor of Art at Muhlenberg College, as they discuss the first book on the buildings and machines that made possible the electrification of the United States. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sponsored by AIA Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Committee, the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology, the Philadelphia Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, and the Oliver Evans Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archaeology.