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Brian M Albright
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Senior Historian
11 Penn Ave

Collingswood, NJ  

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About My Work
As part of the Section 106 mitigation efforts for PennDOT's I-95 Improvements Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania I have been researching the growth of the city's Kensington-Fishtown neighborhood from its founding by Anthony Palmer in the eighteenth century into the 1960s. My research is focused largely on the social, economic, and demographic changes the neighborhood experienced in response to local, national, and global events. Of particular note are changes to the economic and social importance of long-established Kensington-Fishtown families like the Cramps, Vaughans, and Bakeovens as well as the changing fortunes of the area's shipbuilding, fishing, glass making, and textile industries. Although project relies heavily on census and city directory data, contextual information is derived from a wide range of source materials including historical maps, photographs, artwork, family histories, Kensington District publications, city records, and archival collections housed at local repositories including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the Independence Seaport Museum. Much of the resulting historiography will be made available to the public through the project's website.
AECOM. "Digging I95."

Brian Albright. "Iron Production | The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia." The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities.
Professional Associations
LCP's Program in Early American Economy and Society.

American Historical Association.

National Council for Public History.