November 9, 2019
508 Old Skippack Pke
Harleysville, PA 19450
Historical Society of Montgomery County Annual Luncheon
Saturday, November 9, 2019
This year’s topic for our Annual Luncheon presentation is: "The Astronomical Achievements of David Rittenhouse". 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. David Rittenhouse, the man Thomas Jefferson called an example of "New World Genius".