The Roebling chapter is the New York/New Jersey regional chapter of the national Society for lndustrial Archeology. The chapter promotes the study of the physical survivals of the technological and industrial past in our region. We encourage and sponsor recording field investigation, research, and the dissemination of information on all aspects of industrial archeology, history preservation and adaptive reuse. (Roebling Chapter Bylaws-PDF)
Our activities include an annual meeting in January, a corn roast in the late summer, a Symposium in the fall, and ad hoc field trips to sites of interest year round. Recent trips have included sites as diverse as the Oradell Water Works, a trip on the Fireboat John J. Harvey, Paterson New Jersey's historic industrial district, archeological remains of the Morris Canal, and a harbor cruise with special attention to IA areas of interest.
Since 2003, the Roebling Chapter has presented the “John Augustus Roebling Award for Contributions to Industrial Archeology” in recognition of an individual, group, or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage of the greater New York-New Jersey area. This annual award includes a citation read at our Symposium, a framed certificate and a cash award of $250.
Our newsletter keeps members informed of chapter activities and items of IA interest (go to Newsletters for recent copies). The Roebling chapter hosted the 31'st annual SIA national conference in June of 2002, as well as the 14th annual conference in 1985 and the annual fall tour in September 1987. We have often been cited as the most active of the SIA local chapters!
Roebling chapter membership is $20 for the calendar year; couples who receive a single newsletter mailing pay the same amount. Memberships received after October 15th will be good for the following year. You may join the chapter without being a member of the national SIA, but national membership is encouraged and is required if you wish to be a voting chapter member. To join, fill out the application and send with your check to Aron Eisenpress, Secretary, RCSIA, 235 West End Ave, Apt 14C, New York, NY 10023-3648.
If you have any questions about the Chapter please feel free to email the Chapter President, Jim Mackin at RCSIAprez@aol.com
Check out the story of the New Roebling Logo. The article was written by former SIA President Mary Habstritt, a
Roebling Chapter member.