300 Years of the Philadelphia Honeybee

Manum's swarm catcher from 1898 Root beekeeping supply catalog

One month from today, on September 8, 2012, I will be speaking at the Wyck Historic House and Garden for Philadelphia's 3rd annual Honey Fest.  The topic is the history of beekeeping, specifically how it relates to Philadelphia.  There is a lot of beekeeping history here, most famously Lorenzo Langstroth who was born in Philadelphia and used the concept of bee space to build the hive that is widely used in beekeeping today.  I will also be covering local beekeepers, such as Francis Daniel Pastorius who founded Germantown, Pennsylvania and kept and wrote about bees and other materials from the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  There is a lot of great stuff in the collection, including this interesting little pamphlet on beekeeping methods from 1830:

Be sure to come by for a great day of fun at Honey Fest at Wyck on that Saturday, and there are other great events happening on Friday the 7th at the Wagner Free Institute of Science and then on Sunday the 9th at Bartram's Garden.

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