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Obscura Society DC: Ships, Clocks & Stars

Stay on course with Obscura Society DC and the Folger Shakespeare Library with an exclusive tour of an exciting new exhibit

Feeling adrift? Stuck in the doldrums? Get your bearings and set your sights on exploration with a tour of Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for the Longitude at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

This special exhibition showcases the crown jewels of the UK’s National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, including the earliest marine chronometers that solved the problem of determining longitude at sea.

Come hear about the swashbuckling scientific endeavor to determine time and position at sea, and learn why the Prime Meridian on our maps runs through Greenwich, UK and not Meridian Park, DC.

Our expert helmsmen for the evening will be Dr. Andrew Johnston, Geographer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and author of Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There and Daniel De Simone, the Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Afterwards, join us for rations of salt-pork and ale at the Hawk ‘n‘ Dove.

Notes for this Adventure:

Patrick O’Brian fans who fail to attend shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods or womanhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That explored with us upon this Thursday.

- The Folger Shakespeare Library is located two blocks east of the Capitol (38°53'21.6"N, 77°00'10.7"W).

- Parking will be tough and we recommend taking public transportation.

- Space is limited so please pack light. There will be a coat room to hang outerwear but it will be unattended.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at alex@atlasobscura.com.