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The Birth of the SIA and Reminiscences by Some of Its Founders (1991)


The roots of the Society for Industrial Archeology can be traced back to a seminar on industrial archeology held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 1967. Kenneth Hudson, the prominent British archeologist, was the featured speaker and main attraction. More than 30 people attended this day-long seminar, including state and federal government officials involved in historic preservation; museum professionals from the Smithsonian, other technology museums, and a handful of historic sites and parks; and representatives of several engineering societies. The sessions concentrated on what was being done in Great Britain and on the Continent to promote the study of industrial archeology, and what needed to be done in the United States. This seminar planted the seeds for the eventual founding of the SIA, seeds which germinated for more than four years before bearing fruit.

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Authors & Contributors
Hyde, Charles K.
Baker, Timothy D., Jr.
Jackson, Donald C.
Miller, Carol Poh
Gray Fitzsimons
Darnell, Victor C.
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
History and Anthropology
Industrial archaeology
Civil engineering
Excavations (archaeology)
Eastwood, John S.
Quincy Adams Gilmore
Roland W. Robbins
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
United States
St. Clair Tunnel
Cleveland, OH
Seattle (Washington, U.S.)
U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
Quincy Mining Company
West Point Foundry

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