The Path of the First Railway

Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:00 pm

Nether Providence Historical Society presents a talk by Pierre Lacombe, with maps and pictures.
Many historians say the horse-drawn railway that Thomas Leiper laid out in 1809 from Crum Creek to Ridley Creek, through today’s “Gov. Sproul Estates” was the first commercial railway in the United States.
Lacombe, New Jersey geologic historian, has mapped out a more precise line than was known before.  

Helen Kate Furness Library
100 North Providence Road  | Wallingford, PA 19086

 

Explore Philly’s hidden past

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October 5, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

At the National Constitution Center
Discover the history beneath your feet
Hear archaeologists talk about the latest discoveries 

A Free Conference
Presented by
The Philadelphia Archaeological Forum 

See the schedule of talks at this link: https://www.phillyarchaeology.net/admin/

National Constitution Center
Kirby Auditorium, 2nd floor
INDEPENDENCE MALL
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Directions and parking: https://www.phillyarchaeology.net/?s=directions

Check out the PAF website for more information on archaeological activities in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. https://www.phillyarchaeology.net/

Rust Belt Takeover of Philadelphia

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The Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance and the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists are excited to host the Rust Belt Takeover of Philadelphia from October 4th-6th. For full tour descriptions CLICK HERE. Consider this your opportunity to learn Philadelphia’s history beyond the Liberty Bell and the Revolutionary War.

Date And Time

Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 2:00 PM –Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 12:30 PM 

Click here to register for tours that are still open:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rust-belt-takeover-of-philadelphia-tickets-72722899149

About the hosting organizations:
Founded in 2013, the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA) is a volunteer-run membership entity of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia (PAGP) guided by the next generation of preservation leaders. It seeks to engage, connect, and embolden the residents of Greater Philadelphia on issues surrounding historic preservation. Our work advocates for projects and movements that positively impact cultural heritage and celebrates a vast community dedicated to protecting the built environment and heritage throughout the region.
Formed in 2016, the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists (RBCoYP) unites the Rust Belt’s growing young preservationist movement. The mission of the Coalition is to create a common forum among groups within the region, mentor and support newly formed young preservationists groups, and use the power of our collective voices to effect change in the preservation movement.

How It Works: The Morris Canal

Morris Canal

National Museum of Industrial History  presents

June 30th 2:00 to 4:00

For June’s special How It Works tour Mike Helbing will lead a talk and tour about New Jersey’s Morris Canal. The waterway was built in the 1820s and 1830s, eventually connecting the Lehigh Valley to the New York Harbor. Anthracite coal, iron, and other goods shipped on the canal spurred industrial development.

The afternoon will start at NMIH where Mr. Helbing will present a “then and now” slideshow describing history of the canal and what its route looks like today, 95 years after it closed. Some stretches remain watered while others have been redeveloped into new uses as diverse as the Newark City Subway.  Helbing will detail how this engineering marvel took boats out of the water and raised them to higher levels of the canal using steep railroads known as inclined planes.

After the talk, around 3 PM, the group will carpool 30 minutes away to Plane 9 West in Stewartsville, New Jersey, just outside of Phillipsburg, to explore a fascinating remnants of the canal with guide Jim Lee. Wear your hiking shoes and a jacket because Mr. Lee will lead a special tour underground to see a subterranean chamber that still houses the circa 1850 hydraulic turbine that provided the muscle to pull boats up the inclined plane. Visitors can depart Plane 9 West at their own pace. Guests are welcome to return to NMIH, walk the canal, or talk with the guides and explore the site.  Admission is $5 in addition to regular museum admission.

Mike Helbing is founder of Metrotrails, a unique hiking group that often traces the path of industry, whether it be on canal towpaths, former railroad grades, or foot trails through mining and factory landscapes. The purpose of Metrotrails is to assist in the planning, development, maintenance, and promotion of trail systems in the New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area, as well as education and preservation of natural and historic aspects of their routes. Mr. Helbing is a lifetime hiker; beginning at the age of three. Since then, he has worn out a multitude of footwear hiking over the tri-state area. Most weekends, you’ll find Mike on a trail somewhere, leading groups of outdoor enthusiasts on 15 to 20 mile hikes. He is also involved in the Warren County Board of Recreation, and countless other trail organizations.

602 E 2nd St
Bethlehem, PA 18015

 

115-ton Corliss steam engine comes alive

Corliss

National Museum Of Industrial History

May 31st – June 2nd

For over a decade NMIH has been working on a big project, and it’s finally ready to debut. Join us May 31st through June 2nd as we reveal our operational Corliss steam engine, meticulously restored by a dedicated group of volunteers, local companies, and NMIH staff.

Throughout the weekend we’ll be hosting special talks, demonstrations of the engine running, steam whistle blows, and more.  It’s a momentous occasion you won’t want to miss. Patrons will be able to see the engine at work and hear from museum experts and guest lecturers during special programming throughout the weekend which is generously sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and York Water Company.

602 E 2nd St
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 694-6644 x108

Here is the link for the Museum and it’s activities this weekend:

Corliss Steam Engine Debut Weekend

200 Years of Water: The Manayunk Canal 1819-2019

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Hosted by Manayunk Canal Bicentennial 2019 and Fairmount Water Works

Wednesday March 13 at 6 PM to 7:30

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center

Free and open to the public, no registration required.

To celebrate the Bicentennial of the Manayunk Canal, which opened in March 1819, Fairmount Water Works presents a free Speakers Forum about the past, present, and future of the canal. Come hear how the Canal was saved from expressways and parking lots in the 1970s. Many of the canal saviors will be in attendance!

Attendees receive a 12-page commemorative booklet “Fairmount and the Manayunk Canal 1819-2019: Two Hundred Years of Confluence”

7:45 PM – Informal celebrating, Happy Hour prices at Manayunk Brewing Company, 4120 Main St

Show your booklet to get the discount.

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

The link below provides information on parking and public transportation
http://veniceisland.org/plan-your-visit

 

THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD IN THE LOWER SCHUYLKILL VALLEY

Phoenixville station and tower overlooking the iron and steel complex ca. 1910

Phoenixville station and tower overlooking the iron and steel works.

The Schuylkill River Heritage Center
presents a talk by David Messer,
a celebrated author of many books about railroads

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM
The Foundry at The Schuylkill River Heritage Center
2 N Main Street, Phoenixville, PA

Admission is Free and no registration is required.

http://www.phoenixvillefoundry.org/