Society for Industrial Archeology

49th Annual Conference

August 23-27, 2021
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

The Anthracite Heritage Museum, National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH), and the National Canal Museum, a program of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, invite you to join the Society for Industrial Archeology in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which has been rescheduled for August 24-27, 2021.  We welcome everyone to join together to celebrate the Lehigh Valley’s unique legacy as the cradle of American industrialization.

Registration for the Society for Industrial Archeology’s 49th Annual Conference August 23-27 in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley opens Tuesday, July 13 at 6 a.m. Eastern Time. Please follow the link below to the conference web page for more details about the conference and, starting next Tuesday, to find links to register online!

SIA Lehigh Valley 2021 Conference Web Page

Tour descriptions and the program of paper sessions have been added to the conference web page in advance of online registration.

PLEASE NOTE: 49th Annual Conference registrants must read the SIA Covid Statement and agree to abide by the terms and conditions stated therein in order to participate in the conference.

The Lehigh Navigation: How a Waterway Changed the Nation

Martha Capwell Fox

 A presentation of the Pennsylvania Canal Society

Tuesday June 15, 2021
 7:00 – 8:00 PM
(30 minutes of presentation
followed by 30 minutes of Q & A)

The Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company was the first to move anthracite coal efficiently and profitably from mine to market. This was accomplished first by making the Lehigh River navigable by a series of “bear trap” dams, and then constructing the two-way Lehigh Navigation between Mauch Chunk and Easton.
With highly profitable anthracite delivery established, the company searched for an effective process of smelting iron ore with their anthracite coal.  In late 1838, the Welsh ironmaster David Thomas was hired to build the first commercially and technologically successful anthracite iron furnace along Lock 36 in Catasauqua.  For the first time, large quantities of high-quality iron could be made quickly in the US–thus triggering the American Industrial Revolution.
About the Presenter:  Martha Capwell Fox has been the historian and archives coordinator for the National Canal Museum and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor since 2012.  She is the author of three papers that were presented at Canal History and Technology symposia, on the silk industry in the D&L Corridor (2002), 19th century entrepreneur Jose de Navarro (2010), and the industrial history of Catasauqua (2011), and the book covering the history of the D&L Corridor, Geography, Geology, and Genius: how coal and canals ignited the American Industrial Revolution (2019).
A fifth generation Catasauquan, she has been fascinated by the histories of the canal and borough since childhood. After graduating from American University, Martha worked for National Geographic and Rodale Press prior to the Canal Museum.

Zoom meeting link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81503237801?pwd=NnRValJXNktUS1ZWMWJlSWNpVkFNdz09

 If you use the above link you shouldn’t need these, but they are here in case you do.
Zoom Meeting ID: 815 0323 7801
Zoom Passcode: 009912

 

Abandoned canals of the Schuylkill navigation

Tue, June 8, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

A talk by Sandy Sorlien
presented by The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

A Philadelphia native and longtime Manayunk Canal neighbor, Sandy is an Environmental Photographer and tour developer for the Fairmount Water Works. Starting in 2014, she bushwhacked the entirety of the 108-mile, 200-year-old Navigation system, documenting the stone ruins of locks, dams, and aqueducts. She’ll show some of these hand-built works, most from the 1840s. She will also address the Navigation’s role in the Industrial Revolution, as canal boats brought anthracite coal from Schuylkill County to tidewater at Philadelphia. The dams, development, and coal waste caused a pollution disaster requiring a major river cleanup, which buried many of the historic sites – fortunately not all of them. Sandy’s project has been supported by the Charles E. Peterson Fellowship Fund of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

Photographer and urban planner Sandy Sorlien will present photographs, maps, and drawings from her upcoming book, Inland: The Abandoned Canals of the Schuylkill Navigation. (Fall, 2022)

Zoom information will be sent the day of the event. Register here to receive the link for the free talk.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inland-the-abandoned-canals-of-the-schuylkill-navigation-tickets-155967564183?aff=odeieiconstantcontact&ctct_id=d97d60a8-7386-425b-b3db-536876944aed_p2&ctct_c=haIni0rTSE0YUBOVeAsE2kK4FmRf45Ym69urtMWJdRM6l7Dx8DdLWA==

In case you missed Bob Thomas’s canal presentation for The Lower Merion Conservancy, it is available as a recording in the link below. 1821 to 2021: 200 Years on Our Regional Network of Historic Canals

The webinar recording is now available on the Conservancy’s website. Please feel free to share with friends and neighbors!

Reminder: 200 Years on Our Regional Network of Historic Canals

A presentation By Bob Thomas
Hosted by the The Lower Merion Conservancy

Thursday, May 13
7:00-8:30 pm

Two hundred years ago – before the age of railroads — an extensive canal system served our region, linking Philadelphia with major points from Chesapeake Bay to Canada and from Pittsburgh to New York City. Learn from historian, planner, and architect, Bob Thomas, where this system was located, how it worked, where extensive parts of it survive to this day, and how to visit and enjoy this great historic resource.

ZOOM, pre-registration required for link to program

Register through link below:

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehp89unyb86b0f4f&oseq=&c=&ch=

200 Years on Our Regional Network of Historic Canals

A presentation By Bob Thomas
Hosted by the The Lower Merion Conservancy

Thursday, May 13
7:00-8:30 pm

Canala

The Delaware and Lehigh Canal and Towpath just north of Weissport, Carbon County, PA 
© 2020 – Robert P. Thomas, AIA

Two hundred years ago – before the age of railroads — an extensive canal system served our region, linking Philadelphia with major points from Chesapeake Bay to Canada and from Pittsburgh to New York City. Learn from historian, planner, and architect, Bob Thomas, where this system was located, how it worked, where extensive parts of it survive to this day, and how to visit and enjoy this great historic resource.

ZOOM, pre-registration required for link to program

Register through link below:

How Philly and Pennsylvania grew to dominate the candy industry

Peeps

In the early 20th century, Philly was considered the candy capital of the United States. The industry had exploded in the city from just 20 small stores in the early 1800s to more than 130 shops, manufacturers, and distributors, according to a 1917 educational pamphlet from the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Their combined sales volume was more than $7 million, equivalent to around $200 million today.

This article posted in Billy Penn mentions some of the most well-known candy manufacturers in the city and state. 

https://billypenn.com/2021/04/04/how-philly-and-pennsylvania-grew-to-dominate-the-candy-industry/?mc_cid=cb735bf38a&mc_eid=86d78fe14e



From the Main Line

In March of 2017 Michael Froio spoke to the chapter on his project, From the Main Line: A Contemporary Survey of the PRR. He is now offering a limited run catalog featuring a selection of images from the ongoing project.

Froio is on the faculty at Drexel University. This description of his work appears on their website. 

From the Mainline,” Froio’s impressive ongoing project, operates as an homage to the industrial achievements of the past 150 years in which he documents the infrastructure and landscape that’s developed alongside the Pennsylvania’s ecology. “Much of what they engineered and built over 100 years ago remains a vital part of the Mid-Atlantic’s railroad infrastructure today, a testament of their foresight and engineering abilities” says Froio. His gorgeous photography is generally accompanied by meticulously researched text that recounts and pays tribute to the importance of railroads in our region and the nation. We strongly suggest you visit Michael’s terrific website at http://michaelfroio.com/ and consider signing up for his pictorially vibrant, textually rich, and fascinating newsletter.

Froio is inspired by the work of William H. Rau, who documented the railroad in the 1890’s, and by the social and industrial history and landscape studies writers John Stilgoe and Robert Adams. His earlier works were made possible by using a large format view camera, a process that forces the photographer to spend a dedicated time with the subject. In recent years he’s begun utilizing digital formats, yet he still treats his work with the same emphasis as with the view camera: spending time with the subject.

Information on the publication can be found here:

http://michaelfroio.com/shop/from-the-main-line-catalog

Don’t miss checking out the  Field Notes section on his website. It  presents information and images on other sites that have drawn his interest reflecting local and regional histories.

Meet the Manufacture, Amorphic Tech, Ltd

The National Museum of Industrial History presents
Sunday, February 28th at 7pm

Amorphic

The National Museum of Industrial History continues its 2021 Meet the Manufacturer Virtual Lecture Series with Andrew Schevets, President of Amorphic Tech Ltd.

After spending several years supporting the water and rotating machinery industries, Andrew Schevets sought to create a technical solution to bring water technologies and industrial equipment to life.  At the close of 2013, Amorphic Tech Ltd was founded.  Over the years, as their top-tier manufacturing capabilities have grown, so has their customer base.  From the Federal Government to Fortune 500 companies, Amorphic Tech provides design & development, prototyping & manufacturing and comprehensive fluid system solutions from its headquarters in Allentown.

Join Andria Zaia, NMIH’s Curator of Collections and R. Scott Unger, Executive Director of Allentown Economic Development Corporation for a lively chat exploring the innovative work of modern-day Lehigh Valley manufacturer Amorphic Tech Ltd.

About our guest, Andrew Schevets, President of Amorphic Tech Ltd

Andrew Schevets is a mechanical engineer by vocation and an entrepreneur by profession.  He has a serious passion for creating and is currently President at Amorphic Tech Ltd, bringing ideas, machines, and industrial equipment into reality.  Through Amorphic Tech, he has delivered products all over the globe to several Fortune 500 end users.  He holds 2 patents and has several others pending, in the field of waste energy recovery and additive manufacturing.  Andrew’s energy recovery development work has been funded by both the US Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Energy.  He resides in Bethlehem with his lovely wife-to-be Liz and faithful companion Edwards, with his favorite past times being canoeing, hiking, and camping.

This program will air on NMIH’s Youtube channel and will also be available via an embedded video on the NMIH website the day of the talk.

Amorphic Tech, Ltd website link
https://www.amorphictech.com/