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Virtual Lecture – Measuring the Weather: How do You Catch a Cloud and Pin it Down?

August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

| $10 General Admission Virtual Connection/$5 Virtual Connection for BCHS Members

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Date:
August 26
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
$10 General Admission Virtual Connection/$5 Virtual Connection for BCHS Members
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Venue

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle

From the Renaissance to global warming today, scientists have developed ingenious ways to record the changing skies. While Torricelli’s barometer has endured, other instruments have not, like the leech-based electrical “tempest prognosticator” built in 1851 by the appropriately-named George Merryweather. But history shows the secret to measuring weather ultimately lies in combining instruments with innovative social organizations managed by government bureaucrats.

Join us for a Zoom presentation with Roger Turner, museum curator at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, as we explore this fascinating topic. Turner also runs PicturingMeteorology.com, a blog for compelling stories about the people who study weather. 

Purchase tickets for Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.

ROLLO'S FACTS

Henry Mercer was 51 when he began building the first of his three concrete structures, his home Fonthill, 1908-1910.
Rollo's Fact 1

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Please note that Fonthill Castle will close early on Saturday, October 30, 2021, for a private event. The last tour will take place at 2:00 p.m. Please see our mask recommendations here.
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