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A Shaker of Science

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A Shaker of Science is a pay-what-you-wish, interactive virtual happy hour where Academy scientists and staff can share their stories and adventures in a casual setting.

A Shaker of Science: A librarian and an archivist walk into a bar...
Thursday, December 16, 2021, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

A shaker of science

Pay What You Wish
Ages 21+
Zoom; registration required

Imagine walking through a collection of one-of-a-kind finds that spans five centuries of research, creative expression and discovery. The history in the air is palpable, and as you twist and turn through shelves of rare books, journals, artworks, manuscripts, photographs and artifacts you can’t believe your eyes. You’ve found yourself inside the Academy Library & Archives, and you wonder what it would be like to work here and stroll these hallowed halls every day.

At our December Shaker of Science, you can find out—without having to leave your home! Enjoy a beverage and join a casual virtual conversation with our thoughtful and hilarious librarians and our intriguing archivist. They’ll share their favorite items and provide a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be among the few lucky individuals to work within the walls of the Academy Library & Archives.

More about the Library & Archives

The Academy Library & Archives is internationally recognized for its extraordinarily rare and historic books, journals, art, artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, and the unique papers and research of Academy members and staff. The Academy Library holds more than 250,000 titles, and two-thirds of all titles predate the 20th century. The 2,000 Archives collections contain over a million items, including manuscripts, field notebooks, correspondence, films, journals, and photographs from 1692 to the present.


Previous Shaker of Science Events:

A Shaker of Science: Paleontology in the Field

Ever wonder what it is like to excavate fossils in the field and how you can do this yourself one day? Dino-lovers, rock collectors and fossil diggers unite to talk excavating and paleontology with Jason Schein, executive director at Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute. You’ll get to hear cool stories from the field, learn some do’s and don’ts of paleontology and get an exclusive chance to ask the paleo professionals a few questions.

Shaker of Science: Adventures in Entomology

Did you know the Academy of Natural Sciences has two insect collections? Over 3.5 million specimens are housed and studied in the Entomology Department, but there are also hundreds of LIVE insects cared for and presented by the live animal programs staff. Learn everything you can about both during this virtual happy hour! Meet the experts and hear their stories of collecting, caring for and identifying insects all over the world and right at home at the Academy.