Rebecca Lukens: Founding Mother of Iron and Steel in Coatesville

Thur July 21st 5:30pm – 7:30pm

National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum, 50 S 1st Ave, Coatesville, PA 19320

Celebrate the life and times of Rebecca Lukens, American’s first female industrialist, and her descendants. Although by far not the only woman who managed iron furnaces in the 19th century, Rebecca was the only documented woman to manage multiple businesses. The list of National Historic Landmark properties along South First Avenue includes her home Brandywine Mansion, Terracina, and the steel industry that evolved from the original iron business. The proximity of these homes and offices to the mill reflects the Lukens and Huston families’ long-standing commitment to living and working close to the factory and community. Learn about the owners of the mills and the men and women who worked in them.

There are multiple tours throughout the evening. After parking sign up for one of the tours in the main building. Registration starts at 5:30.
Parking & Registration
National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum,
50 South 1st Avenue, Coatesville

Exhibition on railroads and several online presentations

Across the Continent. “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way”, 1868,Frances Flora Bond Palmer, published by Currier & Ives
The Grolier Club in New York City has an exhibition “Travelers, Tracks and Tycoons: The Railroad in American Legend and Life” on display through July 30, 2022. The exhibition is from the very extensive Barriger Railroad Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St.Louis. Nicholas Fry is curator of the Collection and of this exhibition.Mr. Fry writes: We look at railroads as relics of a simpler age, but in reality the railroad age was just as chaotic to its citizens as our modern age is to us. The story is told through printed works, objects, and artwork. It is a maker of legends that still impacts our lives.Here are details:The exhibitionThe exhibition is on display only through July 30t,h at the Grolier Club at 47 East 60th New York City. The exhibition is free, but advance reservations through eventbrite are recommended–please click here to make your reservation. Exhibition Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.The online catalog of the exhibition is here.Online lecturesThere are live online presentations coming up on July 19th and 20th–see below.The video of the opening reception includes a brief overview and tour of the exhibition. Click here.Nicholas Fry, the curator, is presenting a three-part lecture series, on Travelers, Tracks, and Tycoons:Part 1: Travelers: Journeys on the Railroads from the Early Surveys to Modern Vacation will be presented on Tuesday, July 19th 2022 at 6 P.M. Click here to register. This program is presented in conjunction with The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen.Part 1 was also presented on May 25 by the Grolier Society, and you can watch the video herePart 2, Tracks: Images Documenting the Building of the Railroads, was presented on June 29th. You can watch it online here.Part 3: Tycoons: Men, Money and Monuments. will be presented on Wednesday, July 20th, at 1:00 PM. Click here to register. It will also be recorded for future viewing.

This information came from a Roebling Chapter email. You can sign up to get mailings from them at:

Delaware Valley Shipbuilding

Center of American  Shipbuilding, Civil War to WWI

Thursday, June 30th, 2022 2 p.m.

West Deptford Free Public Library

Join us at the West Deptford Free Public Library for a lecture presented by Peter Walzer. 

Mr. Walzer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Mr. Walzer was a docent at the Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum.  

Mr. Walzer also worked as a Licensed Operating Shipping Engineer. This event will follow social distance seating. Masks are optional. 

To register, call the library at: 856-845-5593

West Deptford Free Public Library 
420 Crown Point Road
West Deptford, NJ 0808

Business Hours
Monday — Thursday 
10:00 AM — 7:00 PM 
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM 
10:00 AM — 1:00 PM 

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society

Chapter Meeting – June 25, 2022 @1:00PM

The Philadelphia Chapter will be holding the June 25, 2022 meeting in-person at Drexel Hill United Methodist Church (600 Burmont Road / Drexel Hill, PA 19026). The meeting will be simulcast on the Zoom meeting service.

Business Meeting 1-2PM
Film Presentation 2PM

The film is the 1957 production TRAINS TRACKS AND SAFETY FACTS, made by the Pennsylvania Railroad for school age children warning them about the dangers of railroad trespassing. This film, acquired from Walt Berko who may have shown it years back. This will be the actual 16mm presentation. Runs 25 minutes. Scenes were filmed on the Middle Division near Duncannon, Paoli. Conway Yard and Washington’s Crossing on the Bel-Del. Some really fantastic views.

PRR photography of the late Allen H. Roberts. Views include Sunnyside Yard, New York Penn Station, North Bergen, NJ, Meadows Yard, PRR Middle Division, and PRR trains that went to Maybrook via the Bell-Del and L&HR. When PC took over the NH, PRR power began to appear on New Haven rails.

To attend the meeting and watch the film, sign up to receive notifications from the PRRT&HS. A Zoom link to the event will be mailed the day before the program on the 25th. Those who sign on will continue to receive notifications on future programs.

Roebling Museum Roadtrip Virtual Lecture

How did Roebling help build the New York State Pavilion?

June 16, 2022 at 6pm

Did you know that the iconic NY State Pavilion at the NY World’s Fair was made using Roebling Wire Rope?

Salmaan Khan and Aaron Asis of People for the Pavilion will be joined by Justin Rivers of Untapped Cities to present on the past, present, and future of the Philip Johnson designed New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Cost: Pay what you wish, Register at this link:


Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00 pm E.S.T.

Join us to ride the rails (via webinar) and learn about the East Broad Top Railroad (Rockhill Furnace, Huntingdon County). Once called “the dormant gem of railway preservation,” the EBT RR is a rare narrow-gauge railway and time capsule of industrial technology.

After many years of inactivity, the East Broad Top Railroad has been purchased by a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. The EBT Foundation is working with the volunteers of the Friends of the East Broad Top and the Rockhill Trolley Museum to return its Baldwin-built steam locomotives to operating condition and to continue stabilizing the railroad’s historic buildings.

Free, via Zoom. Pay-what-you-wish/Donations welcome

Here is a link for further information and to register for the program.

A River Runs Through It

A Webinar Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Fairmount Water Works

Thursday, May 12, 2022
12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Fairmount Water Works are one of Philadelphia’s most iconic sites, yet the least understood by locals. It’s even harder for out of towners to comprehend its significance when you tell them “you MUST visit our old municipal water processing facility. “ Yet an exploration of the space reveals a landmark that is a masterful marriage of classical form and innovative function. In its heyday, Fairmount water works certainly wasn’t a mystery to the average Philadelphian… or American for that matter. In the mid-19th century, it was a world famous tourist attraction— the most visited man-made attraction in America (only surpassed in numbers by a more natural “water feature”at Niagara Falls). Upon his visit in 1842, Charles Dickens called it “a place wondrous to behold.”

Join Water Works Executive Director Karen Young and education staff on a below-ground, behind-the-scenes tour to see the inner workings of the waterworks. We’ll also see the more modern amenities of the Interpretive Center, which includes classrooms and a fish laboratory.

We’ll also take a sneak peek at the recently opened multi-disciplinary art exhibition called
“POOL: A Social History of Segregation”, set in the former Kelly Natatorium in the lower level of the Water Works. The exhibition is an artistic and scholarly investigation into the role of public pools in America, with the goal of deepening the understanding and the connection between water, social justice and public health.

We’ll meet some of the artists and designers behind this ambitious exhibition.

Designed in 1812 by Frederick Graff and built between 1812 and 1872, it operated until 1909, winning praise for its design and becoming a popular tourist attraction. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 for its architecture and its engineering innovations.

It now houses an interpretive center that explains the waterworks’ purpose and watershed history, managed by the Phila. Water Dept.

Here is the link to register for this event:

Wayne Junction Walking Tour

The Preservation Alliance For Greater Philadelphia

A Special Architecture Walking Tour

The Wayne Junction Historic District, bordering lower Germantown and upper Nicetown, was once a bustling Philadelphia industrial center known as “Workshop of the World.” In the later decades of the 1900s, Wayne Junction experienced disinvestment and decline as manufacturing moved elsewhere, leaving many of the buildings vacant and deteriorated. Join real estate developer and Preservation Alliance board member Ken Weinstein for a tour of the historic Wayne Junction area to get a closer look at his redevelopment projects while experiencing Philadelphia’s historical importance in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the hope and potential for Wayne Junction’s future.

The cost for the tour is $20 for Preservation Alliance members and $25 for non-members. 

Here is the link for more information and to register for the tour: _kmKutYKnOPjGzaRZua1Ux1mqgLmq0KgTjeYcywk1p99HsUQ4A1ar50kfWnOPc4KpJfHGvyWWByR1hvV-RRl6OJ7Dd5vY-flXqtGc2m_xrK0QEaqbm5_9yDPtIExqNen-kEmNnoScJqFbHSRFol4cJyy31joecDuFyL5A6hma5dZCsq0z&c=6_akYkifmEgw6dijcc1NyMQD3gPDvHFK4hrLmpJt0ogaToyM7Ur79Q==&ch=-0dLiAnomGKl_YT_0m7GRDzIGZ560tpSadT7dgTOAF_dhALD76-UQw==

Roebling Museum Roadtrip

C.C. Sunderland and innovations in 20th century bridge construction

April 6, 2022 6pm

Join us as Dario Gasparini shares his research into construction technologies for suspension bridges with a focus on C. C. Sunderland, Chief Engineer for the John A. Roebling Son’s Company.

He will discuss construction of suspension bridge cables, the development of new structural systems for bridges, and the introduction of prestressed concrete.

Cost: Pay what you wish

Here is a link to register for the event:

from the National SIA Organization

Join the SIA for the 17th session of IA Online
Wednesday, January 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern (US & Canada):

Paul King & Marty Johnston – “Roebling’s Monongahela Bridge: History & Motion: A Progress Report”

Register to join us on Zoom:

This collaborative talk will be roughly 40 minutes long, with the remainder of hour reserved for questions and discussion with the presenters.

Also, videos of past IA Online presentations can be viewed on the SIA YouTube Channel.