The Goal of the Voices from the Stream Book Project
Our goal grew out of the Riv~ Art show which began ten years ago to look at the Delaware River through multiple perspectives.
We have expanded the collective vision through historical, artistic, scientific and recreation viewpoints and will publish a book in June of 2014. We recall the role of Hudson’s discovery of the Delaware Bay in 1609, some 400 years ago and the impact that it had on this great nation.
We are seeking contributions both intellectual, financial and collaboration from individuals and organizations who wish to support and be a part the project.
The Project Committee:
Mr. Rod Cameron, Mr Kenneth Metcalf, Mr. Jordan Lewis, Mr. Eric Rowe, Ms. Angela Beers, Dr. Frederick Swarts
History Editor, Mr. Al Hall. Art Curator, Mr Edwin Havas. AWS Editor, Mr. Dan Sladich. Science Advisor, Dr. Frederick Swarts. Recreation Editor: Ms. Ninabeth Metcalf, Project Development, Mr. Kenneth Metcalf.
Steering Committee: Mr.Rod Cameron, Mr. Ken Metcalf, Ms. Ninabeth Metcalf, Ms. Rosangela Cameron
Voices from the Stream is an anthology by a host of contributers, here is a sampling from some of those voices:
In Suspect Ground, John Mc Phee
The quartzite– as sand became sandstone. Upward of fifty million years, the sand grains fused together and turned into quartzite in the heat and the crush of more mountains. The Delaware River at that time was not even a cloud in the sky. Rivers of greater size were flowing the other way, crossing at wild angles the present route of the Delaware aware. Rivers go wherever the country tells them to, if the country is in vertical motion. The country would not be right for the Delaware for roughly a hundred million years, and still another hundred million years would go by before the river achieved its present relationship with Kittatinny Mountain.
Excavating the Ancients, David Pierce
In 1972, he received landowner permission to dig along a terrace near the confluence of the Delaware River and Brodhead Creek in Monroe County, near the village of Shawnee. Before the great flood of 1955, when it was cultivated for corn, the site had been a popular place to surface-collect arrowheads. Before long, Kline used a flat shovel to complete two 10-foot-by-10-foot squares to a depth of six feet. He recovered scattered artifacts from the Woodland Period — 1000 BC to the arrival of the first Europeans around 1600 — and Archaic periods, which stretch back to 8,000 BC. But there were no substantial concentrations of historic significance.
Edward Hicks Peaceful Kingdom on the Delaware
Even though after Penn’s time, Indians in Pennsylvania were treated no better than in other places, and they were long gone from Bucks County, Hicks obviously felt that the “Penn’s treaty” moment was one of great significance and had lessons for Americans 150 years after it took place.
Library of Congress – Image by George Heap & Nicholas Scull
Philadelphia, site of both Continental Congresses, was one of the most urban, advanced cities in America in the eighteenth century. During the winter of 1777-78, it was occupied by the British under General William Howe. The British enjoyed their stay immensely, while Washington’s army suffered near starvation at Valley Forge.
Art Hinson – Oysterman
George Hinson Art’s brother was dredging the family oyster grounds and dredged up bottles of Golden Wedding Rye Whiskey. Bootleggers were being chased by Revenuers and threw the bottles overboard. His crew go so drunk they couldn’t function. Bootleggers sailed up the Maurice river towards Millville where the liquor was loaded on to trucks.
Oyster Schooners – Kathy Haney
There is Something About a River – June Saunders
I remember once going to the banks of the Fox in sorrow and coming away with a sense of peace. Rivers have emotional and psychological power, corresponding somehow with the flow of human consciousness.
Without the soaring birds, without the great forests, the free-flowing streams, the sight of the clouds by day, and the stars by night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human.
Cullen Yates - American Artist Along the Delaware, Joan B. Groff
By 1905, Yates came to Pennsylvania more regularly, even during the summer, painting the Delaware Valley. Fortunately, industrialist, Charles C. Worthington settled in Shawnee, building The Buckwood Inn along the river there. Cullen had painted a very large canvas of the inn viewed from afar along the Benekill Creek with the colorful trees and sky framing it. Worthington persuaded Yates to locate nearby in 1908, trading the painting for land and a house just up the road.
Eagles Wild on the River, a collection of observations – Yoke Bauer DiGiorgio
The American bald eagle, symbol of freedom, strength, mobility of our nation and its many cultures, is one of my favorite wildlife species. Back from the near brink of its extinction, this majestic bird can be seen once again soaring over rivers and valleys. Its near extinction signaled a turning point in our views of wildlife conservation, and the environment in which we live in. Its successful recovery is documented by, the increase in nesting pairs, and daily observation of eagles soaring over our skies and fishing in the clear waters of the Delaware River and near by lakes and reservoirs.
Forays Along the Delaware - By Bruce Stutz
In my thirty years collecting wild mushrooms along the Delaware River Valley I’ve never run into anyone else out picking. I’m certain they’re others out there. I sometimes read their postings online. But they’re few and clearly far between. Which is a shame. Because the forests along the Delaware can be great places for forays.
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
This is a beautiful river. Yes, a very beautiful river. I love it more than anything. Often I have listened to it, often I have looked into its eyes, and always I have learnt from it. Much can be learnt from a river.
Richard Genova – Photographer
The New Jersey side of the Delaware allows for slower and more relaxed explorations. Numerous dirt roads head to little visited natural areas – the hemlock-lined Tillmans Ravine, the spectacular rock formations and waterfalls of Van Campens Glen and the beautiful Hidden Falls have been favorites that I’ve found myself returning to often and in all seasons. The Delaware River itself is majestic, flowing smooth and languid between the Pocono escarpment and the Kittatiny Mountains, but it is difficult to access – the banks are steep, pull-offs almost non-existent, and poison ivy prevalent.
The present urgency is to begin thinking within the context of the whole planet, the integral earth community with all its human and other-than-human components.
Falling water, not steam or electricity, drove the gears of industry in 1800, and the lower Brandywine already powered several bustling operations. E.I. surveyed them all — the pounding hammers of the leather, textile and paper factories; the millstones grinding wheat, corn and linseed; even the mill pulverizing tobacco into snuff.
Frederick Swarts – Catskill Mountain Raindrops to the Delaware Bay
Yet, even while immersed in this aquatic, sylvan, and aerial theatre of sights and sounds, one might reach down and touch one of the most amazing wonders on our planet—water.
Quirks of water’s attributes - Lao Tzu
Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.”
Andrew Leslie Phillips - Water Essay
Table of Contents
John McPhee – From, In Suspect Ground
By Carla J. S. Messinger – The First People of the River
Ian Chadwick – Henry Hudson’s Third Voyage in 1609
Samuel W. Heed – The Story of the Kalmar Nyckel - “The Tall Ship of Delaware”
Lenape History – Pike County Historical Society
William Penn – Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley - Crucible of America
Amy Leiser – The Walking Purchase
Nancy Micheal Shukaitis – Legacies from the Lower Minisink
Frank Dale – Mr Durham’s Boat
Washington’s Crossing the Delaware
Larry Kidder – General Cornwallis along the Delaware
Ken Hendricks – Shad & General Washington
Defeat on the Delaware – Fall of Philadelphia
Log Rafting on the Delaware
Larry Kidder – Sawmills on the Delaware
Betsy Ross – A Flag and a Bridge
Richard F. Hope – Easton PA – The River Town
Jack Sterling – Mauch Chunk and the Lehigh Valley - Industrial Revolution – Canals and Rails
Peggy Bancroft – Setting the Stage
Donald Olsommer / Peggy Bancroft – The Great flood of 1955
Shaun D. Mullen – A Tock’s Island Story
Andrew Wyeth – Pennsylvania Landscape
Jackie Lima – George Innes, Spirituality of Color
Harry Philips – Edward Hicks’ Peaceable Kingdom on the Delaware
Harry Philips – The Schuylkill, Realistically - The Art of Thomas Eakins
Frank Schoonover – Artist, Man of the River
Joan B. Groff – Cullen Yates, American Artist Along the Delaware
Kevin Convery – Delaware Reflection
Richard Genova – Between the Pocono escarpment and the Kittatiny Mountains – photography
Jean Marie Perry – The New Hope Art Colony and the Pennsylvania Impressionists”
Peggy Bancroft – His Name was Zane Grey
Gallery of art – Jackie Lima, Penny Ross, Ken Metcalf, Bill Hobbs, St. Clair Sullivan, Ed Lopez, Bev Abel, and others.
Poetry – Dan Sladich, Patricia Markert, Juanita Kirton and others
Gordon Perry – Canals – The Delaware & Hudson Canal,
Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct, Delaware Division Canal
Bethlehem & Philadelphia – Innovated Water Supplies
Mary Greene – Bridges of the Upper Delaware
Yoke Bauer DiGiorgio – Eagles Wild on the River: A collection of observations
Lehigh Univesity – Building the Ben Franklin Bridge
Shipbuilders of the Delaware Valley
Oysters of Delaware Bay – Rise, Fall, Rebirth
Horse shoe crabs, Snow Geese & Red Knots, Lives in peril - Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge
Flowing along a river highway – Energy. Whale oil, Coal,
Petroleum, Chemicals, Water for electricity, Natural Gas
Andrew Leslie Phillips – Water Essay
Masters of the waters – Maya van Rossum, Cynthia Poten – River Keepers, Gary Paulachock – Deputy River Master, Julie Bell, River Manager, National Wild & Scenic Rivers Program, Carol R. Collier, Delaware River Basin Commission
John Serrao – In the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
D W Menscer – Little River Rods
Ed Parkinson – Flies & Watercolors of the Upper Delaware
Dennis Briede – Natural Observation In Knowlton & Trees Along the River
Dave Pierce – Archaeologists’ gold mine marked in Shawnee
June Saunders – There is something about a river
The A. J. Meerwald – Restored Delaware Bay oyster schooner
The Delaware River Sojourn – 7 days down the river
Bruce Stutz – Forays Along the Delaware
Frederick Swarts – Catskill Mountain Raindrops to the Delaware Bay
Maya van Rossum, – The Delaware River’s Story – A Story Being Written By All of Us
Rod Cameron – Voices from the Stream
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