Valley Forge Watershed Association




Harry L. Rinker



Rinker is a nationally recognized expert on America’s canal history. He helped found the Pennsylvania Canal Society (serving as its first present from 1966 to 1976), was the first executive director of Hugh Moore Park (a seven and one-half mile site along the Lehigh Canal at Easton, Pa.), published several canal related books as owner of Canal Press from 1972 to 1977, and authored The Old Raging Erie … There Have Been Several Changes in 1985. His American Canal Research Center is one of the largest private research sources for the study of the American canal era.

Currently Rinker is: consulting editor for Wallace-Homestead Book Company; editor of Warman’s Antiques and Their Prices and Warman’s Americana & Collectibles; author of Collector’s Guide to Toys, Games, and Puzzles, Rinker on Collectibles, and How to Make the Most of Your Investments in Antiques and Collectibles; syndicate columnist of Rinker on Collectibles; president of Rinker’s Antiques and Collectibles Market Report; and director of the Institute for the Study of Antiques and Collectibles. As one of America’s leading antiques and collectibles authorities, Rinker lectures throughout the United States, appears on numerous radio and television shows, and performs appraisal and consulting services.

Enjoying the Schuylkill Navigation in the 1990s

When visiting the Schuylkill River valley, you can enjoy the portions that remain and learn more about the Canal by visiting: Manayunk Canal, Manayunk; Monte Clare--Port Providence Reach, Schuylkill Canal Historic and Recreation Area, Monte Clare; Laurel Locks Farm, Marshall residence, North Coventry Township, Chester County; Museum of the Historical Society of Berks Country, Reading; C. Howard Heister Canal Center, Berks Country Heritage Center, Bern Township (between Bernville and Reading); Museum of the Northern Berks-Southern Schuylkill Historical Association, Port Clinton; Museum of Historical Society of Schuylkill Country, Pottsville; and Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad, Temple to South Hamburg (seasonal).

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