Right to the Source: Science for All—19th Century "Edutainment"by: Michael Apfeldorf

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In 19th-century America, one popular way people obtained new scientific information was through traveling lectures and science demonstrations, sometimes held in large halls called “lyceums.” Before the advent of radio and television, these were large public events designed to both educate and entertain. Often, such scientific demonstrations were great spectacles—as much or more about marketing and entertainment as they were about education.

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