Manor Science Day Charges Up Colonial History

POTTSTOWN PA – Discover the impact of science during the Colonial era as Pottsgrove Manor hosts an 18th Century Science Day on July 20 (2019, Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the manor, the historic home of Pottstown founder John Potts and a Montgomery County historic site, located at 100 W. King St. The event is open to the public, with a suggested $2 donation per person.

Philadelphia was the capital of scientific thought and experiments in Colonial America, Museum Educator Ann Shipley explains. 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. Talk in the coffeehouse about the new ideas of the day, and sample some 18th century drinks. Participate 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 museum’s Hands-On Room. 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.

Parts of the Potts family’s 1752 manor home will be open for tours. The museum shop will be open to purchase books, games, and period reproduction items. This event will be held rain or shine, and is appropriate for all ages.

Pottsgrove Manor is located near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off U.S. Route 422. The manor is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites. For more information, call 610-326-4014.

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