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Taber Museum to hold Children’s Workshop

Two children’s workshops, an inventor and theologian and Monarch Madness, will be held at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society in the Community Room, 858 W. Fourth St.

The workshops are free and open to the public but pre-registration is suggested. A child may be registered by calling 570-3226-3326. These workshops are a part of the series of scientific Children’s Workshops, supported by a grant from the Free and Accepted Masons.

Joseph Priestley

Inventor and theologian “Joseph Priestley,” who is credited with discovering oxygen, will be visiting from his Northumberland home at 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Priestley will be portrayed by Ron Blatchley. The workshop includes hands-on scientific experiences for children.

Priestley was a theologian, known for his outspoken views regarding religion. His house was burned in his native England, suggesting that he was no longer welcome in his own country. He fled to the relatively obscure town of Northumberland in 1794 and continued his experiments with scientific endeavours, preached and wrote controversial articles.

In scientific circles, he is credited with discovering the physical properties of oxygen. He counted among his friends and associates Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

Monarch Madness

Katie Cassidy will conduct Monarch Madness at 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Children will learn about the journey of Monarch butterflies, their life cycle and eating habits. During the workshop, students will also learn about migration patterns, why some stay put and what you can do to help boost Monarch populations at home. Participants will create a seed ball to take home and plant and their own paper finger butterfly.

Cassidy has a forest biology degree and a master’s degree in agricultural extension education from Penn State University. She is the program and outreach coordinator for the Wildlife Leadership Academy.

She works with students interested in wildlife, conservation and the outdoors.

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