How Refrigeration Works – A Community Read Program

April 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wyck Historic House Garden and Farm
$5 pp/ Friend of Wyck $4/ pp (Children $4/pp)
Mariel Rosati, Development and Programs Manager
The Way Things Work Now Cover Art
Publishers: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Wyck's Ice House
Ice House at Wyck, built 1836

This Spring we join with local libraries and community partners for the annual Community Read sponsored by Longwood Gardens. This year’s community read aims to explore—and explain—the science, technology, and engineering concepts inherent in our world today with these two titles: The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay and Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. Get the books and start reading today! Learn more: #CommunityRead

Inspired by David Macauley’s book and Wyck’s historic connections to science and technology, Wyck is happy to present a family series on How Refrigeration Works.  Join Libbie Hawes, Preservation Director for Cliveden, as she explains the evolution of keeping things cool.  Ms. Hawes will give a brief introduction to the topic in Wyck’s ed shed, and then lead the group to see and discuss Wyck’s Ice House and Ice Box. Learn the local history of refrigeration techniques and imagine a time before this modern convenience!  Young children may enjoy a story time and activity while Libbie leads the program for adults and older children.


Libbie Hawes,Libbie Hawes headshot Preservation Director, Cliveden of the National Trust

As the Preservation Director, Libbie manages the stewardship of the buildings and grounds at Cliveden.  Her responsibilities include planning and supervision of capital projects and cyclical maintenance of the site.  She also works with Cliveden staff to expand the interpretation of Cliveden’s diverse history over 250 years.

Libbie received her Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, where curriculum included a site management and planning track, enriched by study of traditional building materials and practices in the Delaware Valley region.  Libbie’s thesis research studied the practice of collecting architectural fragments focused on the Architectural Study Collection at Independence National Historical Park.

Libbie contributes to the Philadelphia preservation community by serving on the steering committee for the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance, the Preservation Alliance Advocacy Committee and the Historic Germantown Operations Committee.

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