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Disease in the Water: Typhoid Fever

Presented by the Science History Institute

with expert instructor Nyomi Gonzalez

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About the Science History Institute

The Science History Institute is a museum and library dedicated to expanding knowledge and challenging perspectives in the history of science, revealing how the scientific past is embedded in our daily lives and catalyzing the reimagining of our scientific and technological future.

About the class

By 1896, Philadelphia was a bustling city full of opportunity. It was also horribly overcrowded. Along with a growing population and a booming industrial complex, Philadelphia was plagued by typhoid fever, which killed thousands of Philadelphians every year. In this live, online class, students will learn about typhoid fever, answering questions like, "What did politicians do to protect their residents from the disease?" Students will also learn how to test their own water for issues like disease-causing bacteria.

Meet your instructor, Nyomi.

Nyomi Gonzalez has been working in museums for over 10 years. She loves engaging with and learning from audiences of all ages. When she isn't working, Nyomi enjoys reading, playing video games with her husband, and trying to snuggle with her two cats.


September 30
Thursday @ 4:00 PM-4:45 PM EDT
1 x 45min session (45 minutes)
All ages welcome
(Best for grades 3-8)

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