The Art of the Brooklyn Bridge

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October 27, 1918 1:00- 3:00

Richard Haw-Discussion and Book Signing –The Art of the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a preeminent global icon.  It is the world’s most famous and beloved bridge, a “must-see” tourist hotspot, and a vital factor of New York and overall American life.  For a hundred and thirty-five years it has inspired artists of all descriptions, fueling a constant stream of paintings, photographs, lithographs, etchings, advertising copy, movies, and book, magazine and LP covers.  The Brooklyn Bridge may, in fact, have the richest visual history of any man-made object, so much so, that almost no major American artist has failed to pay homage to the span in some form or other. Noted author and bridge expert Richard Haw will showcase this vibrant visual legacy while reminding us of the span’s impact on New York itself, be it political, social, technological or artistic.

Richard Haw is a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He is the author of The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History (2005), Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History (2008) and Engineering America: The Life and Times of John Roebling, which will be published next year by Oxford University Press.

This presentation is appropriate for all ages, and will take place inside the Roebling Museum’s Media Room. It is part of the museum’s monthly Saturday Lecture Series.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended. If you do not wish to purchase your ticket on-line, please call the museum at 609/499-7200 to reserve your seat.

Information on admission and directions to the museum:

http://roeblingmuseum.org/events/saturday-lecture-series-book-signing-and-discussion-with-author-richard-haw/

 

The Reading Railroad

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The Lower Merion Historical Society in collaboration with The Trails End Café

presents a lecture and discussion on the The Reading Railroad

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:00pm

Founded in 1833, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, aka, The Reading, was one of the earliest public access railroads in the United States. The Main Line of the Reading Railroad runs the entire length of the river border of Lower Merion. Thus, Lower Merion is unique in being home to two major main lines – The Reading RR and The Pennsylvania RR.

The History of The Reading RR is rarely discussed and scantly recorded in much of our history and yet as the largest business corporation of its time, and the largest railroad corporation at the height of the Age of Railways in the US, the history of the Reading and its influence on America is very worthy of greater notice. By learning more about the Reading, your knowledge and interest in local history as well as American History will be greatly enhanced.

At the Trails End Café at Cynwyd Station, 375 Conshohocken State Road in Bala Cynwyd

Located at the Terminus of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail

This lecture and discussion will be led by Perry Hamilton, Secretary of The Lower Merion Historical Society.  Perry, a lifelong resident of Lower Merion & Narberth, has been assigned by The Lower Merion Historical Society to raise awareness of the Reading RR in our local history and develop a library of sources of this subject.

Walking Tour of Schuylkill Navigation History

October 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fairmount Water Works tour guide Sandy Sorlien leads a walk interpreting remnants of the 108-mile Schuylkill Navigation system along the Roxborough and Manayunk stretches of the river. We’ll meet at the old Shawmont Train Station on Shawmont Avenue, then walk downriver to Flat Rock Dam and the ruins of Lock 68, then along the Manayunk Canal to Lock 69/70 at Venice Island, the only canal “reach” of the 108-mile Schuylkill Navigation with intact lock walls remaining at both ends. A shuttle returns us to Shawmont. This walk is a complement to Sandy’s lecture at the University of Nature, but either event stands alone. Free; registration required.

Here is the link for registration

http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/blog/event/walking-tour-of-schuylkill-river-history/#.W7TNPDk9HWg.facebook.

 

1697 Pennypack Creek Bridge Rehabilitation

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Northeast Philadelphia History Network, Monthly Meeting

Topic:  1697 Pennypack Creek Bridge Rehabilitation

Speaker:  Mike Cuddy, Project Designer

Rehabilitating the 321-year-old bridge was no easy task. Yet the rehabilitation of the bridge carrying Frankford Avenue over Pennypack Creek in the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia will forever be a part of its storied history.  Mike Cuddy, vice-president of TranSystems Corp and Project Designer, will speak on the recently completed rehabilitation.

Time and Place:  7 pm, Wednesday,  Oct 3

Pennepack Baptist Church

8732 Krewstown Rd 19115

The Roebling Legacy

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Saturday, September 29, 1918 1:00-3:00

Clifford Zink -Discussion and Book Signing – The Roebling Legacy

The story of the Roeblings and their family business is a classic American saga spanning two centuries and encompassing immigration, innovation, entrepreneurship, monumental accomplishments, the rise of national capitalism and labor unions, the impact of wars and their aftermath, and ultimately, obsolescence, industrial decline and cleanup, and the adaptation of people and communities.

This presentation is appropriate for all ages, and will take place inside the Roebling Museum’s Media Room. It is part of the museum’s monthly Saturday Lecture Series.

This lecture is include with museum admission but seating is limited.

Please call the museum at 609/499-7200 to reserve your seat.

Information on admission and directions to the museum:

http://roeblingmuseum.org/events/saturday-lecture-series-clifford-zink-presents-the-roebling-legacy/

The Great Dorset Steam Fair

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair held in the village of Tarrant Hinton, Dorset, England is in its 50th year and took place from 23th – 27th August 2018. Five hundred steam engines from across the globe made their way to Dorset to be part of the assembly, including some from New Zealand, Canada, The Netherlands, Ireland, and hundreds from across the United Kingdom. This link shows a short video of a number of the machines moving around the grounds.

https://www.facebook.com/transportofyesteryear/videos/466100017227265/

Source for this post:

Transport of Yesteryear Through the Lens is a Facebook page set up to share some Images, Video and news of all things related to heritage transport. Including Railways Aircraft, Cars and Shipping. https://www.facebook.com/transportofyesteryear/

MEET THE EXPERT: SLATE SPLITTING

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Saturday, September 15th at 11am

For many years, Lehigh and Northampton Counties dominated slate production in the United States. Among many products, slate for roofing was shipped around the world. Join us on Saturday, September 15, 2018 for a hands on demonstration of the slater’s craft. Visitors will learn how slate is split and “dressed” (shaped), both by hand with modern tools and with machinery approximately one hundred years old. At the end of the program, visitors will be able to create their own small slate product to take home, such as a miniature blackboard or ornament.

Mike Piersa is a historian at the National Museum of Industrial History. Among other roles, he is also co-coordinator of the Bangor Quarry Hoist Project, a community initiative to preserve a 118 year old, Bangor, PA, built mining hoist . For over a decade, Mike has directed efforts to save the hoist and many other antique machines from local slate quarries. His Master’s Thesis detailed the history of slate quarrying at the Stephens-Jackson Company in Pen Argyl, PA. Mike has served as an advisor to the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions that have studied the local slate industry.

The Meet the Expert series takes place on the third Saturday of each month. This unique opportunity to hear thematic talks from experts in their respective fields will include a 45-minute lecture and 15-minute Q&A. Meet the Experts is included in your admission price and is free to all members of the museum.

The National Museum of Industrial History

602 E 2nd St

Bethlehem, PA 18015

http://nmih.org/visit/