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
The Philadelphia Archaeological Forum
See the schedule of talks at this link: https://www.phillyarchaeology.net/admin/
National Constitution Center
Kirby Auditorium, 2nd floor
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/
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:
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.
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
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
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
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.
A presentation at the National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, PA
Sunday, February 24th at 2pm
Narrow Gauge railroads were an integral component of many integrated steel plants, useful for their ability to move heavy loads within the tight confines of steel mills. The Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum has undertaken a project to recreate a narrow gauge steel mill railroad including examples of the specialized rolling stock such as Open Hearth charging trains and Ingot Mold trains. The centerpiece of this new exhibit, named the J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad, is a 1937 H.K. Porter saddle tank steam locomotive which will return to operation in Youngstown this year. This presentation will discuss the creation of the J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad and the restoration of J&L (Jones & Laughlin) steam locomotive number 58.
The presentation will be given by Rick Rowlands. Rick Rowlands is the executive director of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum in Youngstown, Ohio. He has been involved in various aspects of steel industry history and preservation for over two decades including the preservation of blast furnaces and steam-driven rolling Mills.
This talk, part of the museum’s ongoing “How It Works” series that takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month, is designed to help patrons further understand of specific facets of industrial history. Admission for the “How It Works” tour is $5 in addition to regular museum admission.
Here is a link to information on visiting the museum.