Weekly Update November 4-11

SHOWCASE OF I-95/GIRARD  AVENUE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL DISCOVERIES

                 Before & Below I-95: Archeological and Historical Discoveries 2011

WHAT:  Second annual interactive exhibition of national treasures excavated from the archeological work conducted in the historic Delaware River Ward neighborhoods of Philadelphia as part of  PennDOT’s I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange Project. See http://www.95sustain.com.

 WHEN:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts – 1901 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. The event entrance is across from the Berks Street SEPTA Station, with convenient transit via the Market-Frankford Line and SEPTA buses 3, 5, 25, 57 and 89. Free off-street parking is available – and the school is ADA accessible. Light refreshments will be served.

 Due to standing room only crowds last year, the event has been moved to this larger venue – exciting in itself as the first LEED Platinum high school in the United States.

 WHY:  The Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) and URS Corporation are sponsoring this free public event geared for the entire family. All Philadelphians will want to experience the exciting historical and archaeological discoveries from Philadelphia’s River Wards – from Native American settlements to the industrial heyday of the “Workshop of the World”. Senior archeologists Douglas Mooney and George Cress of URS Corporation will share exciting archeological and historical findings unearthed from PennDOT’s I-95/Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project.

 The evening will highlight the historic value of Philadelphia’s riverfront through engaging stories, 3-D images and interpretative displays with actual artifacts recovered from PennDOT’s ongoing archaeological digs. Attendees can talk with archaeologists about discoveries including the country’s oldest spectacles, early glass manufacturing, the 160-year-old intact canal under Aramingo Avenue, the amazing lives of our local ancestors, and Native American settlements from 4000 BC that lie just beneath our neighborhoods. Partners will host civic group outreach tables and a recording booth to preserve locals’ stories.

 BACKGROUND:  The Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) is a 501(c)3 volunteer-based coalition of civic and public interest nonprofits that advocates for implementation of the Civic Vision of the Central Delaware riverfront. CDAG supports community awareness of the changes along and the value of Philadelphia’s Delaware riverfront and recognizes the importance of its past as it transitions into the future. PennDOT’s Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project will reconstruct I-95 from approximately Allegheny Avenue to the I-676 Interchange.

 CONTACTS:  For further information about PennDOT or the I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project, contact Eugene Blaum, PennDOT Assistant Press Secretary at 610-205-6800.

 For event specific information, please contact Laura Lanza at 215-990-3196 or Lanza.cdag@gmail.com.

All inquiries about the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG), please contact Rene Goodwin, CDAG Media & Communications Coordinator, at rgcdag@comcast.net.

WEBSITES: Additional information on the I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange Improvement Project is available at:  http://www.95revive.com. Additional information on the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) is available at:  https://centraldelawareadvocacygroup.wordpress.com/

See:  http://planphilly.com/second-look-i-95-artifacts-chance-tell-your-own-river-ward-history.

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