Smith’s and Windmill Islands once sat in the Delaware River channel, between Center City Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. Join Adam Levine as he explores the history of these islands, from the siting of a windmill in the river channel in the 1700s, to their uses for industry and amusement and as a refuge for poor children, to their eventual destruction by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1890s. The fate of these islands—removed to provide large ships better access to the Philadelphia harbor—is relevant today, as deepening the river channel continues to be discussed by proponents of shipping improvements and environmentalists opposed to the work.
Join the Map Collection and Print and Picture Collection for this free lecture in the Rare Book Department’s Elkins Room. Tickets for the lecture are free, but registration is required through Eventbrite. No food or drinks are allowed in the Rare Book Department.