MEET THE AUTHORS: ALONG THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER

Posted September 29th, 2009 at 12:05 pm.

Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center presents
MEET THE AUTHORS: ALONG THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER
Sunday, October 4, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
640 Waterworks Drive
Free and open to the public, no registration required.
For more information about Interpretive Center events, call 215-685-0723 or visit http://www.fairmountwaterworks.org/

Meet Kurt Zwikl and Staff Writer Laura Catalano, authors of Along the Schuylkill River. This newly published book of historic photographs tells the story of the Schuylkill River, the canal and the communities along it.

Highlighting the book are multiple images of the Schuylkill Navigation System, including old canal barges, mules, boatmen and locks – all part of an infrastructure that was once vital to the region, and of which there are only scant remains. Among the photos are rare images of every town and city along the Schuylkill River as well as photos of numerous “firsts” in America – the first wire suspension bridge, opening day of America’s first zoo, the first tunnel in North America and the country’s first vineyard – to name a few. The photos and text also tell the story of the river’s role in the Industrial Revolution, with pictures of iron and steel mills, textile plants and other factories that give a glimpse into what life was like across the region from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

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