If You Just Can’t Get Enough

Utz Pot Chip

Here is a link to a good article on the many snack companies in Pennsylvania and their beginnings in the mid 19th century. Who wouldn’t enjoy a trip out to York County where many are located?




Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Water Works!


In a few weeks, you can enjoy a sneak peek of parts of the Fairmount Water Works not typically open to the public.
Eye-level with the Schuylkill River, walk the same underground paths as a royal family and Olympic swimmers during a behind-the-scenes look at one of Philadelphia’s first tourist destinations.
This is a hard-hat tour, and may not be accessible for all of our visitors. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
Registration required. Space is limited, so register today!RESERVE YOUR SEAT

Thu, October 26, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Fairmount Water Works

640 Waterworks Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Steam engine restoration


Sunday, July 16th at 3:30pm

Two giant stationary steam engines, one in Bethlehem, PA, and another half an hour away in Phillipsburg, NJ, are now in the process of being restored to operation. Come along with the crew members on Sunday, July 16th, at 3:30 PM for the second of several tours where visitors can get an up close look at these machines to learn what is being done to make them run again.

The tour will begin at the National Museum of Industrial History inBethlehem, PA, where the former York Water Company horizontal steam powered water pumping engine is in the final stages of restoration. The 103 year old machine is 35 feet long, weighs 115 tons, and pumped 8 million gallons of water a day. The challenges of relocating and now refurbishing this mechanical marvel will be detailed.

The tour will then carpool to the historic pump house cared for by the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center in Phillipsburg, NJ, to see Big Allis, the 1913 steam powered water pump. Rated for 6 million gallons of water a day, this three cylinder, two flywheel, vertical engine stands 51 feet tall and is surrounded by a complete steam plant with the original boilers, condenser, and backup turbine.

Tickets are $22 and can be purchased in person upon arrival at NMIH in Bethlehem. The proceeds will be split equally between the two restoration projects.


The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia: Call for Authors

The editors of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia seek to make 50 additional assignments to complete the current phase of expansion. Now is the time to add your expertise to a resource used daily by teachers and students, journalists, scholars, and general readers.

Call for authors
To join more than 350 leading and emerging scholars who have already contributed to this peer-reviewed, digital-first project, let us know your choice of topics.

View the list of available assignments here.

Authors will have the opportunity to select feasible deadlines between January and March 2017 and will have the option of volunteering or receiving modest stipends. Prospective authors must have expertise in their chosen subjects demonstrated by previous publications and/or advanced training in historical research.

To express interest, please send an email describing your qualifications and specifying topics of interest to the editor-in-chief, Charlene Mires, cmires@camden.rutgers.edu. No attachments, please. Graduate students, please include the name and email address of an academic reference.

The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia’s expansion is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, and Poor Richard’s Charitable Trust. The scope of the project includes the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region of southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and northern Delaware.

Guidelines for writers:
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