In tandem with other LSRCorps initiatives, this cooperative, public research seminar will begin meeting in October 2016. The seminar is convened by Peter DeCarlo (Drexel), Danielle Redden (Bartram’s Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (UPenn), enlarging existing river-based collaborations to include more researchers with the twin aims of 1) supporting and connecting Schuylkill River research and 2) building a shared archive for present and future river research.
These meetings are conceived with the first goal to provide research support for the #LSRCorps initiative to build digital tools (a public, co-created archive; a website; and an app) that allow people to experience the historical and contemporary richness of the lower, tidal Schuylkill River. They build on the momentum of two visioning meetings held at Bartram’s Garden in conjunction with The WetLand Project, the first in December 2015 and another in April 2016, and attended by individuals representing over 30 different organizations working in the Schuylkill watershed. The digital tools are designed to be used and adapted by individuals and organizations who are on the river--whether for recreational purposes, for education, for work, or for stewardship.