Objects that tell stories from more than 5,000 years of Fishtown, Kensington, Northern Liberties and Port Richmond history were on display Thursday, July 17, at the First Presbyterian Church Kensington.
The museum-quality exhibit featured numerous artifacts unearthed at several sites beneath I-95 in the Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods — including the site of the former William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co. — along with a variety of historic photographs, interpretive exhibits, and a slide show of the excavations.
Artifacts found include tools, arrowheads, cooking pots and smoking pipes manufactured by Native Americans who lived along the Delaware River from 3560 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Also on display were historical artifacts dating from the early 1700s through the early 1900s and associated with fishermen, shipbuilders and tradesmen who lived on the waterfront during this period.
The exhibit also included objects from and information on the glass industry that developed on the Delaware River waterfront during the 18th through early 20th centuries.
Staff from PennDOT and the URS Corporation, PennDOT’s archaeological team on the project, were present to provide additional information and answer questions. ( 1 )
Pastor Rev. Shawn Hyska and the church volunteers warmly greeted the hundreds of neighbors that attended this well organized event.
The church is also hosting a Community Dinner on Saturday July 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. This will be a time and a place where we can all come together as Fishtowners, enjoy a good meal, and be in fellowship with each other. It's free.
Thank you Pastor Shawn for a wonderful event and allowing me free access to photograph the exhibit and the beauty of this church.
President William Henry Harrison Campaign Medal
The Pastor Rev. Shawn Hyska
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