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Tales from the Hidden River Expedition with Allen Crawford and Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Sun, Oct 30, 2011, 1pm - 3pm
Join us at Bartram’s Garden for a lecture with author and illustrator, Allen Crawford, recounting his recent Hidden River Expedition; a forty-mile, three day kayak journey from the historic Quaker town of Holly, New Jersey to Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia.
While on his journey, Crawford re-explored three rivers: the Rancocas, the Delaware, and the Schuylkill (which… in Dutch means hidden river.) At one time, these rivers were bustling waterways that were vital to the regions culture and commerce.
Today, the Rancocas, Delaware, and Schuylkill are recovering from generations of abuse and neglect: wildlife not seen in decades (beaver, sturgeon, oysters) are beginning to return. They are living threads of history: along their banks are the ruins of Native and African American settlements, farms, ghost towns, suburbs, tidal marshes, battleships, industrial ruins, urban parks, bridges, shipyards, mansions, and colonial-era forts.
Crawford will also premier his Hidden River documentary, featuring footage shot and narrated during the expedition.
AITA refreshments will be served.
54th and Lindbergh Boulevard
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