Reminder: Oliver Evans Chapter Event

WILLIAM RAU’S PHILADELPHIA

A Glass Lantern Slide presentation by Martha Capwell Fox, Historian and Archives Coordinator, National Canal Museum/ Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Time: 6PM Program     Reception to follow

Cost: $15 for members of sponsoring organizations and guests. $20 for all others.

ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE ON LINE. NO PAYMENT AT DOOR

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Place: Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121

Questions: E-mail: info@philachaptersah.org

Using the Wagner’s vintage glass lantern slide projector Martha will present a program featuring 19th-C views of Philadelphia by famed photographer William H. Rau, (January 19, 1855 – November 19, 1920).  Born in Philadelphia, at the age of 13, he started doing photographic work for his future father-in-law, William Bell, a medical and survey photographer for the federal government. In 1874, with Bell’s recommendation, Rau joined an expedition to Chatham Island in the South Pacific to photograph the Transit of Venus. After returning, Rau worked for the Centennial Photographic Company, the official photographers of Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exposition. After the exposition, he joined his father-in-law’s stereo card studio, which he purchased in 1878. He operated this studio in partnership with his brother, George, until 1880. From that point into the 20th-C he traveled the world making photographs on commission for numerous groups.  He spent a significant portion of the 1890s doing photographic work for both the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad, and published collections of his railroad photos in 1892 and 1900. He was the official photographer for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland the following year. His work is now included in the collections of several prominent museums, libraries and archives around the world.

Save the Date

PROGRAM, ANNUAL MEETING & PICNIC

Monday, September 25

Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis

When Philadelphia was the Workshop to the World, the Sellers family numbered among the city’s leading industrial families, developing canals and railroads and manufacturing goods ranging from textiles to steel frames for bridges and skyscrapers. But as Philadelphia de-industrialized in the twentieth century, the Sellers family’s firms also declined.

Author Domenic Vitiello, PhD, is an urban historian at the University of Pennsylvania who will examine the rise and fall of Philadelphia as an industrial metropolis through a focus on the Sellers family and their network of associates.  His talk is based on his 2013 book of the same name from Cornell University Press . Dr. Vitiello’s book is available at Amazon.com and other retail sources.

Exhibition Tour

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Location: Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, but space is limited and open to Oliver Evans SIA Chapter Members only.  Registration required no later than Sunday, Feb 28 at info@siaoliverevans.org. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE WITHOUT A REGISTRATION OR YOU MAY BE TURNED AWAY.

2017-03-01-laying-tracks-bruce-lavertyThe introduction of railroads in the 1830s initiated a revolution in the development of American industry, land use, and social patterns. The new technology challenged the nascent American professions of architecture and engineering to create entirely new building and structural types to meet railroad needs— passenger waiting stations, bridges, train sheds, repair shops, grand downtown depots, and even bedroom suburbs. For more than 100 years, Philadelphia’s most important designers met this challenge, including William Strickland, Thomas U. Walter, John Notman, Theophilus P. Chandler, the Wilson Brothers, Frank Furness, Horace Trumbauer and Paul P. Cret. This exhibit features drawings, prints, photographs, and manuscripts that document how these Philadelphia architects and engineers transformed not only their own city, but much of the American landscape.

The exhibition is on view February 13 through May 12, 2017.  Additionally it will be the focus of a symposium on April 28 & 29.  For details keep your eye on the Athenaeum website http://www.philaathenaeum.org/