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Six (more or less) Degrees of Separation from David Rittenhouse

Let’s play Six Degrees of Separation from colonial period Philadelphia native rock star, David Rittenhouse. The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center owns a stunning late 18th century surveyor’s compass inscribed JOHN HEILIG FECIT, PENNSYLVANIA. John Heilig was the son or … Continue reading

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The Transit of Venus: A Remarkable Astronomical Discovery

“The Transit of Venus was observed in America on June 3rd. No other transit will happen until the 9th of December, 1874. A Remarkable astronomical discovery.” -David Schultz 1769 The transit of Venus was a momentous occasion in 1769, one … Continue reading

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