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Bethlehem Steel

An Exhibition of Photographs by Jack Murphy
November 1 through December 30
Artist’s Reception: Sunday, November 11
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Artist’s Statement
These photographs are part of an ongoing series, about the growth of the United States during the 19th century onward, as influenced by the Industrial Revolution and the development of the country’s transportation systems.  This is a subject of particular interest to me, and one which has many roots in this part of America.  Easy day trips from Ulster County, New York, can take you to textile mill towns all over New England, to lumber mills in New York, paper mills in Connecticut, to stone quarries in Vermont, iron mines and early blast furnaces in the Hudson Valley, the cement mines of the Rosendale, NY area, coal mines in Pennsylvania, and to early industrial centers like Danbury, Naugatuck and Waterbury, Connecticut, Schenectady, Amsterdam, Utica, and Little Falls, New York, and North Adams, MassachusettsThese images of the Bethlehem Steel Mill, on display at the Gardiner Library, are a continuation my project to document the growth of industry in the Northeastern United States.

I am a member of the Society for Commercial Archaeology, a group dedicated to the study and preservation of roadside archaeology primarily through the study of the effects of the automobile and the highway system on American history, and also a member of the Society for Industrial Archeology, which is concerned with the industrial heritage and architecture of industrialized societies. 

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  • To help local artists increase their public exposure.

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