This year’s topic for the Historical Society of Montgomery County Annual Luncheon presentation is: "The Astronomical Achievements of David Rittenhouse."
The event will be held on Nov. 9 at the Bay Pony Inn in Harleysville.
Tickets are $45.00 per person. Reservations due by November 1, 2019.
The Bay Pony Inn is located at 508 Old Skippack Pike, Harleysville, PA.
Thomas Jefferson called Rittenhouse an example of “New World genius.”
Born in 1732, David Rittenhouse came of age at a time when the entire world was turning its head towards science. Self-taught, Rittenhouse would become a craftsman, an astronomer, a surveyor, an instrument maker and a scientist. Alongside the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Rittenhouse would lead the early United States into the world of enlightenment. Rittenhouse served as President of the American Philosophical Society and as treasurer of Pennsylvania, and the first Director of the U.S. Mint. He observed the transit of Venus and helped to survey Pennsylvania’s borders.