Unveiling the Past: A Historical Look at Solar Eclipse Expeditions through Manuscripts and Science

Library of Congress Science Historian Shares Insights on WC Eclipse

On Monday, April 8th at 4:30 p.m., the Hoyt Science Center at Westminster College will host a discussion on the historical significance of solar eclipse expeditions. The event is in collaboration with the Office of Professional Development and Community Engagement and is open to everyone for free.

Josh Levy, a historian of science and technology in the Library of Congress’ manuscript division, will be leading the discussion. Levy has a Ph.D. in modern U.S. history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, making him an expert in science and technology.

During his presentation titled “From Pemmican to Palembang: Eclipse Expedition Collections at the Library of Congress,” Levy will explore manuscripts from three solar eclipses: 1860 in northern Saskatchewan, 1889 in coastal Angola, and 1926 in Sumatra. Each expedition provided valuable insights into the relationship between science and empire as well as the human encounters that shape scientific knowledge.

Attendees are invited to join a reception following the event for light refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Department of History at Westminster College, making it an excellent opportunity to learn more about solar eclipse expeditions and their historical significance.

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