Explore Gaithersburg during Heritage Days

Theo tin trong thành phố Gaithersburg trong quận Montgomery

May 29, 2018 Latitude Observatory The Gaithersburg Community Museum and Observatory Park are among the many historical sites participating in Montgomery County Heritage Days, June 23 and 24, 2018. The annual event celebrates and showcases the County’s rich history, culture and natural beauty with activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and live music and performances for all ages. Explore all countywide events here. All Heritage Days events are free. The following is taking place in Gaithersburg: Observatory Park 100 DeSellum Avenue Saturday & Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. The International Latitude Observatory will be open to visitors with information about the history and importance of the site. Participate in solar observations with the City telescope, weather permitting. On Sunday only, David Doyle will lead guided tours of Observatory Park at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Learn the history and relevance of the National Geodetic Survey work done at the Observatory. Built by Edwin Smith for the International Geodetic Association in 1899 as one of six around the globe, the Observatory played an important role in the efforts of scientists to determine the wobble of the Earth on its polar axis to aid in navigation. Ground markers are still used for GPS purposes today. Self-guided tours of this interpretive park and national historic landmark are available year round. Please note that the park has no restroom facilities. Gaithersburg Community Museum 9 South Summit Avenue Saturday & Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Gaithersburg’s official seal, adopted in 1970, represents Science, Industry and Technology. Staff and volunteers will guide visitors through a number of Earth-Space Science activities provided by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) in collaboration with NASA. Both days feature live performances at 2 p.m. Saturday – John Hadfield’s The Science Show, Science is Everywhere! Sunday – Flumpa and Friends’ Out of This World: A Space Odyssey – An Earth Science Adventure Housed in the 1884 Freight House, the Community Museum is part of the rail complex in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. Explore a caboose and RDC rail car, take a photo with the 1918 steam locomotive, shop for train-related items in the gift shop, and discover the hands-on learning centers in the Museum. You might even catch the sights and sounds of the actual CSX and Amtrak trains that rumble by frequently. Free parking is available in the nearby public garage on Olde Towne Avenue. For more information please contact the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GaithersburgCommunityMuseum.