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Othmer Library Open House: Back-to-School Night

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Chemical Heritage Foundation

315 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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How has STEM education changed over the past few centuries? Explore little-known lessons from school days gone by as we open our vaults in celebration of American Archives Month.

Browse an assortment of stereographs, the PowerPoint slides of 19th-century classrooms. Step back in time to a 1950s science fair, where elementary-school kids reported on hot topics like “Commercial Applications of Atomic Energy” and “Amino Acid Development in Radishes.” Chat with our archivists and librarians, enjoy light refreshments, and—if you’re up for the challenge—test your skills in our archives-themed Escape the Room game.

There is an alchemy-themed mystery that can only be solved with some archival detective work. Can you make the grade?

Escape the Room is first-come, first-served for groups up to eight people. There will be three time slots offered, at 6:15, 6:45, and 7:15 p.m. Sign-up will be available at the check-in table when you arrive.

You won’t want to miss this exclusive peek at our archives! Registration is encouraged but not required.


About American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month, an opportunity for archives and archivists around the country to celebrate their work and raise public awareness about the value and accessibility of historical records. In conjunction with participating institutions throughout the Delaware Valley, the Delaware Valley Archivists Group has assembled an exciting calendar of events at Philadelphia’s most notable archives, special-collections libraries, repositories, and other cultural institutions.


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For more information about this event please contact Alexis Pedrick at 215.873.8293 or APedrick@chemheritage.org.


Image credit: Wilson College chemistry club, ca. 1937. CHF Collections.
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