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18th Century Science Day
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July 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am
See history and science come together to highlight the impact of science during the colonial era at Pottsgrove Manor’s 18th Century Science Day on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Philadelphia was the capital of scientific thought and experiments in Colonial America. Discover how natural philosophy shaped 18th century life through experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Living History interpreters will highlight how scientific thought impacted medicine in the Apothecary and botany in the garden. Converse in the coffeehouse about the new ideas of the day and sample some 18th century drinks. Take part in some of Dr. Benjamin Franklin’s famous experiments and learn about how he revolutionized science in Philadelphia. Help fill a paper balloon with hot air and watch it rise above the ground. Test your knowledge about colonial education with a tutoring lesson in the Hands-On Room. Plus, find out how some ideas were not entirely correct with a test of spontaneous generation. Scientific knowledge was viewed as fundamental to a proper education; learn about the many ways that science opens up the past at Pottsgrove Manor!
Parts of the Potts family 1752 manor home will be open for tours. The Museum Shop will be open to purchase books, games, period reproduction items, and much more. This event is rain or shine and welcomes all ages. There is a suggested $2 donation per person for this event.