Known as the "Workshop of the World," Philadelphia once produced an extraordinary array of manufactured goods—from hosiery and hats to ships and locomotives. In a highly illustrated lecture, Jack McCarthy, a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian, will trace the history of Philadelphia’s manufacturing—from the small shops of colonial craftsmen to massive industrial plants of the 19th and 20th centuries—as well as the dramatic downsizing in manufacturing that began in the mid-20th century and the city’s recent transition to a post-industrial, service-based economy.
The event will take place in the ETC Auditorium on Thursday, March 30, at 7 pm.
The lecture is part of the Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series that showcases topics of area cultural and historical interest. The series invites a distinguished speaker to Holy Family University each semester for a lecture on a topic in American history from the War of 1812 through the early 20th century, which is the period of time interpreted by Glen Foerd on the Delaware, the historic house museum located a few blocks from campus. All lectures are free and open to the public.