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Exploring Industrial Pennsylvania through Fowler’s Bird’s Eye Views

March 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us in the Floor 1 Changing Exhibit Gallery for an afternoon of informal presentations, led by subject matter experts, focusing on various aspects of Pennsylvania’s late nineteenth century industrial landscapes, as represented through the hand-drawn bird’s eye views of T.M. Fowler, the nation’s most prolific city view maker.

1:00 Senior Curator Dr. Curt Miner, State Museum, will provide an overview of T.M. Fowler’s bird’s eye views of Pennsylvania and will discuss select views from industrial towns of southwestern Pennsylvania.
1:45 Dr. Paul Shackel, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, will discuss the landscape, social and economic development of anthracite mining and mining towns in select Fowler views from northeastern Pennsylvania.
2:30 Dr. Deryck Holdsworth, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Penn State University, will discuss Pennsylvania’s pulp and paper production, with special emphasis on the landscape of paper and pulp mills in select Fowler views from northwestern Pennsylvania.
3:15 Kurt Bell, PA State Archives, will discuss Pennsylvania’s railroad systems as depicted in Fowler’s bird’s eye view maps. He will use Fowler maps to illustrate the details of yards, tunnels, depots, bridges, track rights-of-way, parallel multi-modal transport systems as well the geography of railroads and the communities that they served.


General Admission is free for the Sunday, March 11 as part of Charter Day.


March 11, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Harrisburg, PA 17120 United States
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