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Racing: A Need for Speed

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Black American Racers

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Racing: A Need for Speed

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Adult, Exhibits, Featured, Youth

As participants and spectators, Americans love racing.  We race to compete and win, to improve ourselves, and master our machines, to find community with others and simply for fun, thrills and the love of spectacle.  In this original exhibition, explore the colorful history of racing in Bucks County, PA and the Delaware Valley across four sports-motor racing, horse racing, foot racing and cycling,  from the footraces of early Native Americans and colonists to the horse tracks and fairgrounds of the…

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Join the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society for their quarterly program, featuring Carol Simon Levin’s first-person portrayal of the remarkable Emily Roebling, who helped supervise much of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.  Dessert is followed by a short business meeting and the featured program.  Free but donations received will be used to support future programs  

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Mercer Museum

Stories Under the Trees with Darcy Fair

Category:
Youth

Visit the museum grounds on special Tuesdays for a rollicking children’s story hour featuring oral tales, readings, music, participatory activities, and touchable objects from the museum’s education collections.  Bring a blanket, folding chair, some lunch, a cold drink and your enthusiasm.  Programs are presented by Darcy Fair of Buckslore, and are suitable for children of all ages and their caregivers.  Free, drop-in program, sponsored in part by the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society.  Program will be moved inside…

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Mercer Museum

“Follow Rollo” Book Signing

Category:
Adult, Youth

Join us for the long-awaited launch of Bucks County Historical Society volunteer and Doylestown resident Nancy Bergère’s new children’s book “Follow Rollo,”  a delightful new tale that follows the adventures of Henry Mercer’s beloved pet Rollo throughout the grounds of Fonthill Castle. A retired schoolteacher and lifelong educator, Bergère creates a new must-have storybook for children of all ages.

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Mercer Museum

Stories Under the Trees with Darcy Fair

Category:
Youth

Visit the museum grounds on special Tuesdays for a rollicking children’s story hour featuring oral tales, readings, music, participatory activities, and touchable objects from the museum’s education collections.  Bring a blanket, folding chair, some lunch, a cold drink and your enthusiasm.  Programs are presented by Darcy Fair of Buckslore, and are suitable for children of all ages and their caregivers.  Free, drop-in program, sponsored in part by the Friends of the Bucks County Historical Society.  Program will be moved inside…

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Mercer Museum

Black American Racers

Category:
Adult, Featured, Youth

Meet ground-breaking African-American motor racers in this panel and discussion program, led by driver, owner and entrepreneur Leonard Miller. Program includes a preview of a soon-to-be released documentary about Miller, his Black American Racers Association, and his efforts to break the color barrier in motor sports.  A restored Formula “Super Vee” raced by Miller’s team is also on view, courtesy of the Volkswagen Group of America. The program is co-sponsored by the African-American Museum of Bucks County and is included…

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YOUR MISSION: The journey begins in the shadow of the Great Sphinx. Hieroglyphics at the temple of Hatshepsut reveal: “When the sun is in Leo follow the “Golden One” to the snow covered “Zenith of the South.” Beware the giant sand serpents of the  Olduvai Gorge…hold fast to your lapis lazuli charm….  For students who have completed grades 2-6, camp features LEGO Mechanical Devices Kits, plus MIT’s SCRATCH programming. To sign up, call 215-348-9461, ext. 210.

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YOUR MISSION: From “la Cota d’lvoire” ride the howling cyclones west to where the “Mother of the Waters” meets the Atlantis Thalassa. … follow the code carvings of the Jaguar. … Ascend the terraced slopes to the dominion of “he who overturns space and time.” There you shall find the golden essence of “Inti.” For students who have completed grades 1-3, camp features enhanced LEGO WeDo Robotics projects, plus MIT’s SCRATCH programming in developing creatures & mechanisms. To sign up, call 215-348-9461,…

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Mercer Museum

Mercer’s Wizarding Academy

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Camps and Workshops

Calling all witches and wizards! Get sorted into your houses, prepare your wands, and get ready for classes in Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology, Quidditch and more. Come one, come all to earn (or lose) points for the House Cup!  Wizard dress is highly encouraged. This camp experience connects history, science, literature. Space is  limited.  For ages 7-12. To sign up, call 215-348-9461, ext. 210.

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Mercer Museum

Drag Strip Memories

Category:
Adult, Featured, Youth

Join several drag racers, mechanics and engine builders as they remember the action and atmosphere of local drag strips in the 1950s and 1960s.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own memorabilia and stories to share.

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ROLLO'S FACTS

There are 44 rooms in Fonthill including 10 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms and 18 fireplaces. Completed in 1910 Fonthill boasted modern conveniences- 2 dumbwaiters, an Otis elevator, an intercom buzzer system and phones to communicate within the house.
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