Today we visited Caledonian Dye Works in North Philadelphia a textile dyeing factory. When we arrived, we walked in to a very big brick building and from its outward appearance you could tell the building was fairly old. The bricks have been faded from a strong red to more of a faded red almost pink looking brick. You could also tell from the outside due to its large scale it must have been some sort of factory earlier on. When we went inside we walked into a small hall way that lead us into the office of the owner, inside the hallway there were many black and white pictures on the sides of the wall of what the factory used to look like. After a few questions, we began our tour on the ground floor of the dyeing factory. When we initially walked there were rolls of various fabrics and cotton in many carts, the owner explained the process of how the factory worked, and explained that the rolls of fabric were sent in by the customers to have them dyed for different reasons. On the first floor there were a lot of different machines. It was very hard to hear with all the noise the machines were making so I was not really able to hear the explanation, but I was able to use common sense to figure out which machine was which. The actual steamer to help open the fibers of the fabric sent clouds of steam out of it and it helps open up the fibers so they are able to absorb the color. The dyeing machine themselves is what was causing much of the noise. To me the machine looked like an over sized rice cooker to be honest, but inside it holds the rolls of fabric and adds the dye to them. After this we went upstairs and saw the machines that help finish and make the final product. Upstairs they have the fabrics dry and then have them re-spun on to different rolls. This area upstairs was my favorite because being able to watch the actual fabric being spun at such high rates and the same model machines was so fascinating to me. Next came a room which was very incredible. It was a room where they use various technology and chemicals to match the color of the thread to the color the customers may want. This experience was incredible and was truly and insight to what the textile industry used to be.
The assignment of this blog post was to visit a site from you Philadelphia first and at first I thought I was going to the right place, but it turns out I was wrong. The first address that I visited was the original site of the first recognized women’s medical college in Pennsylvania. The original address was 3300 Henry st, Philadelphia so I went to this destination first. But upon my arrival I was very thrown off, it did not look like a college campus and I was very confused. The place I ended up was the Falls center. It is part of the medical college of Pennsylvania hospital but was not the site I was looking for. After re reading the article I found out that my site was actually bought by Drexel university and it was luckily only down the street. So I walked over to the new site. Once I reached there was a sign (which will be in my pictures) where I read about the historical relevance and learned about how it was the first female medical school to be recognized as a women’s institution even though there have been other previous that have not been recognized. Once inside I told them about my project and they let me walk around freely around the school. It is no different than your average college lecture hall. I think a lot can be learned from this site. This school was one of the pioneers in women’s education, being the first all women’s medical school.
The American Philosophical Society Museum put a grand exhibit on Charles Wilson Peale. Upon entering I was actually greeted by “Mr. Peale” himself, he introduced himself and gave me a little history of his whole life. Once his introduction was done he brought me over to the portrait of George Washington, and he explained how this was one of the many copies he made of the picture to make some money. On closer inspection of the portrait, I pointed out two soldiers behind George Washington and asked Mr. Peale who they were. He informed me that the two soldiers faces were based of him and his brother. As I continued through the exhibit I came upon the various sketches he had is his sketch bad. One something I had picked up on was how close Peale must have been with George Washington, because there were two sketches of them together. I also appreciated the other sketches in his sketch book, it was incredible to see how much detail Peale put into his work even though his sketches have now become faded. Something else I found interesting were the letters that were sent and received by Peale, with letters from Thomas Jefferson and other big figures through the American revolution. One part of the exhibit showed off the annual ticket holders book with signatures from John Adams and James Monroe, showing how well-known Peale’s museum. I was very surprised by this because I was not aware of how far an outreach Peale’s museum had on the world and how many big figures attended the museum. This exhibit was great in relation to class because I was able to see the public influence that Peale and his museum had on the expanding America. One thing that I was very disappointed in was the lack of things from Peale’s museum. They did not have a lot of things that were related to the museum but more on Peale, his family, and his relation to famous American patriots. It was sad because I was hoping that the exhibit would expand upon his accomplishments in museum and show some of his biggest attractions.
My name is Kyle Chin. I am a freshman who graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School. My current major is in sports management and tourism hospitality. History is one of my favorite subjects because it is a very broad field. You can learn the history of anything, whether it being the history of America, the history of the New York Knickerbockers, or even the history of your own lineage. There are so many routes that you can explore and each is sharing it’s own history. Everything in history tells a story and no two stories are ever alike. History is also very interesting to me because in the past we have had some very bad things happen and it is our job as the future generations to see what has happened and know what not to do so we are destined to repeat it. I am also very interested in math. Ever since I was young I had loved doing math equations. I always envisioned math problems as puzzles that I had to solve and over the years I loved the complexity that slowly came along with higher up math. Over the past two years I have discovered a way of combing my favorite hobby which is basketball and my favorite subject which is math. Combined it is a field called sports analytics, the most notable person in this field was the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane. He was able to use data that he collected from scouting players to build a team and to win a national championship for his franchise. My goal is to one day work for the New York Knickerbockers in their sports analytics department, using data analytics to scout players and teams so we are able to game plan for the upcoming opponent and hopefully win a championship. My ultimate dream would be to become the president of basketball operations for any NBA team.