Preserving & Promoting the History of NE Philadelphia since 1905
HISTORICAL SOCIETYOF FRANKFORD
The Center for Northeast Philadelphia History
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 – 7:30pm
WHO IS SYBILLA RIGHTON MASTERS?
Torben Jenk – Historian
Sybilla Righton Masters was the first person to get a patent in the Colonies – preparing “Tuscarora Rice” in the former Governor’s Mill. She mechanized a process that she apparently saw the neighboring Native Indians do by hand. She earned a second patent for the weaving of hats. Master Street, two blocks north of Girard Avenue, is named after this Masters family. Their vast estate stretched from the Sugar House to Temple University.
Torben Jenk has an interest in the industrious genius of the early settlers, the social struggles demonstrating the emergence of American society, and the variety of voices which animate the neighborhoods. Visit his website at http://www.workshopoftheworld.com/, and view over 150 industrial sites in Philadelphia, PA from “Workshop of the World Revisited (2007) and other sources, organized in 17 neighborhoods by industry classification or alphabetically.
Refreshments served. Members free; Others $5.00
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF FRANKFORD
1507 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124