River of Revolutions in the Schuylkill Valley

Visitors enjoy colorful displays on the Industrial Revolution at the center's grand opening.

Visitors explore innovative, interactive exhibits on the American, Industrial, and Environmental Revolutions during the new Interpretive Center’s grand opening celebration.

Schuylkill River NHA

Quick Facts


A Call to Action
Action Item:
Out With the Old
Also Promotes:
What’s Old is New
Year Accomplished:

The Schuylkill River National Heritage Area recently celebrated the grand openingof the state-of-the-art River of Revolutions Interpretive Center, located at 140 College Drive in Pottstown, PA.  The event was attended by Congressman Jim Gerlach, state and local officials, and a multitude of partners, stakeholders and the interested public.  The Northeast Region of the Park Service was represented by Barbara Pollarine, Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships who has been an advocate for the area since her time as Deputy Superintendent at Valley Forge NHP.  A result of six years of development, the new interpretive center will serve as an anchor for the planned Schuylkill River Academic and Heritage Center, a unique educational partnership between the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area and Montgomery County Community College.

The new center shares space with the Schuylkill River Greenway's (SRGA) offices, the management entity for the heritage area, and engages visitors with interactive stories about the region's critical role in the American, Industrial, and Environmental revolutions.  The offices and interpretive center are located in the Schuylkill River Center, a sustainably-redeveloped structure built in 1911 as a switching station for the Philadelphia Electric Company and now the centerpiece of the 30-acre municipally-owned Riverfront Park.