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Nov 3
Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
5:00 pm  - 8:00 pm

Do you ever look back at key moments in history and think, “I would’ve made a better choice”? We’ll test that assumption using a real-world scenario with local roots.


Philadelphia, 1798: Five pestilence-free years have passed in Philadelphia since 5,000 people died from yellow fever in a single summer. Each year we have approached the summer months with fear, sure this will be the season when the disease strikes again. So far we have been lucky. But Philadelphia’s leaders have been too slow to prepare for yellow fever’s inevitable return.


Now, on the cusp of another outbreak, the city seems poised to tear itself in two. Will you side with the contagionists and issue a quarantine? Or allow goods and people to circulate freely, risking the spread of a deadly disease?


Join us for a First Friday adventure where you'll get to step into someone else’s shoes, and—using your wits, luck, and all the best information available to you at that moment in history—see where your choices land you!


The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m, and the Museum at CHF will be open for self-guided tours from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  • A Case of Infectious Fever
    Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.