Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum This Baltimore County historical park and museum celebrates the life and accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker. The park land was once the lifelong home and farmstead of Mr.

Banneker. Visit the homestead of freeman Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), self-taught mathematician and astronomer, published author of six successful almanacs, naturalist, surveyor, clock-maker, bee-keeper, and abolitionist. Enjoy the museum gallery celebrating his life and visit a re-creation of his cabin and gardens. Walk the trails across his 100-acre farm and orchard. Be inspired by his incredi

Banneker. Visit the homestead of freeman Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), self-taught mathematician and astronomer, published author of six successful almanacs, naturalist, surveyor, clock-maker, bee-keeper, and abolitionist. Enjoy the museum gallery celebrating his life and visit a re-creation of his cabin and gardens. Walk the trails across his 100-acre farm and orchard. Be inspired by his incredi

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Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds can’t resist bee balm! But the scent of this North American native repels mosquitos…...
07/25/2021

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds can’t resist bee balm! But the scent of this North American native repels mosquitos…nice! Plus, bee balm is naturally antimicrobial and is used in herbal teas, medicinal salves, oils, and more. Bee balm most likely had a place in Mr. Banneker's kitchen garden. Historically, the leaves were used in poultices to sooth headaches, sore muscles, and infections.
#beebalm #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #summergarden

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds can’t resist bee balm! But the scent of this North American native repels mosquitos…nice! Plus, bee balm is naturally antimicrobial and is used in herbal teas, medicinal salves, oils, and more. Bee balm most likely had a place in Mr. Banneker's kitchen garden. Historically, the leaves were used in poultices to sooth headaches, sore muscles, and infections.
#beebalm #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #summergarden

Pizza!!! What a great finish for Explorers Summer Camp!  We loved our week of hiking, astronomy, colonial history, natur...
07/24/2021

Pizza!!! What a great finish for Explorers Summer Camp! We loved our week of hiking, astronomy, colonial history, nature exploration, hands-on activities, and just plain FUN! #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #summerfun #summercamp #earthoven

Beautiful day for a picnic! Happy Friday!#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #summerfun #maryland
07/23/2021

Beautiful day for a picnic! Happy Friday!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #summerfun #maryland

Beautiful day for a picnic! Happy Friday!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #summerfun #maryland

Play like a colonial! Our summer campers are learning the skills and games enjoyed by colonial kids. #bannekerhistorical...
07/21/2021

Play like a colonial! Our summer campers are learning the skills and games enjoyed by colonial kids. #bannekerhistoricalpark #baltimorecountyrecreationandparks #bannekermuseum #colonialkids #coloniallife

W**d or wildflower, Queen Anne’s Lace is a common sight along roadsides and meadows at this time of year. Did you know t...
07/19/2021

W**d or wildflower, Queen Anne’s Lace is a common sight along roadsides and meadows at this time of year. Did you know that QAL is a member of the carrot family and is sometimes known as wild carrot? Like other American colonials, Mr. Banneker may have eaten the taproot as a vegetable or added it to a soup or stew. Due to its high sugar content, several cultures used it as a sweetener. But beware! To the untrained eye it can be confused with its cousin, poison hemlock, so don’t take any chances!

W**d or wildflower, Queen Anne’s Lace is a common sight along roadsides and meadows at this time of year. Did you know that QAL is a member of the carrot family and is sometimes known as wild carrot? Like other American colonials, Mr. Banneker may have eaten the taproot as a vegetable or added it to a soup or stew. Due to its high sugar content, several cultures used it as a sweetener. But beware! To the untrained eye it can be confused with its cousin, poison hemlock, so don’t take any chances!

Beautiful, creamy white magnolia blooms enjoying the shade on a bright June day...
06/20/2021

Beautiful, creamy white magnolia blooms enjoying the shade on a bright June day...

Beautiful, creamy white magnolia blooms enjoying the shade on a bright June day...

Planning a summer day trip? Bring the kids to Benjamin Banneker's farmstead to walk his land, visit a replica of his cab...
06/18/2021

Planning a summer day trip? Bring the kids to Benjamin Banneker's farmstead to walk his land, visit a replica of his cabin and gardens, and learn about his remarkable life and achievements.

Planning a summer day trip? Bring the kids to Benjamin Banneker's farmstead to walk his land, visit a replica of his cabin and gardens, and learn about his remarkable life and achievements.

What a great day to explore Mr. Banneker's kitchen garden!#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #kitche...
06/16/2021

What a great day to explore Mr. Banneker's kitchen garden!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #kitchengardening #summerfun

What a great day to explore Mr. Banneker's kitchen garden!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #kitchengardening #summerfun

Come visit Benjamin Banneker's homestead! The cabin and museum are open, the herbs are growing in the garden, the birds ...
06/03/2021

Come visit Benjamin Banneker's homestead! The cabin and museum are open, the herbs are growing in the garden, the birds are singing in the orchard, the history is ready to unfold for you and your family.
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #baltimorecountyrecreationandparks #africanamericanhistory #blackhistory #marylandhistory #walkthepark

Come visit Benjamin Banneker's homestead! The cabin and museum are open, the herbs are growing in the garden, the birds are singing in the orchard, the history is ready to unfold for you and your family.
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #baltimorecountyrecreationandparks #africanamericanhistory #blackhistory #marylandhistory #walkthepark

Jack in the Pulpit is a pretty cool character, hiding out in the shadows in his pinstripe suit!#benjaminbannekerhistoric...
06/02/2021

Jack in the Pulpit is a pretty cool character, hiding out in the shadows in his pinstripe suit!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #jackinthepulpit #walkinthewoods

Jack in the Pulpit is a pretty cool character, hiding out in the shadows in his pinstripe suit!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #jackinthepulpit #walkinthewoods

Woohoo! Summer camps at Banneker just became ALL-DAY! Ages 6 and up. Half day, ages 4-5. See our Events page on FB.Photo...
05/26/2021

Woohoo! Summer camps at Banneker just became ALL-DAY! Ages 6 and up. Half day, ages 4-5. See our Events page on FB.
Photo: Frank McKenna
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #summercamp #sunsoutfunsout #bannekermuseum #bannekerpark

Woohoo! Summer camps at Banneker just became ALL-DAY! Ages 6 and up. Half day, ages 4-5. See our Events page on FB.
Photo: Frank McKenna
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #summercamp #sunsoutfunsout #bannekermuseum #bannekerpark

05/26/2021
What's your child doing this summer? How about astronomy, history, outdoor exploration, and critical thinking? Just like...
05/24/2021

What's your child doing this summer? How about astronomy, history, outdoor exploration, and critical thinking? Just like Mr. Banneker! Check out our summer camps for ages 4-12 on our Facebook Events page.
Photo: Kelly Sikkema
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #summercamp #sunsoutfunsout

What's your child doing this summer? How about astronomy, history, outdoor exploration, and critical thinking? Just like Mr. Banneker! Check out our summer camps for ages 4-12 on our Facebook Events page.
Photo: Kelly Sikkema
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #summercamp #sunsoutfunsout

It's National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Are you aware of invasives?  Here at Banneker Historical Park we find at ...
05/20/2021

It's National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Are you aware of invasives? Here at Banneker Historical Park we find at least three. Multiflora rose, garlic mustard, and wineberry were all brought to the US in the 1800's from Asia or Europe. Since then they have escaped to the wild and are challenging to native species.
Two things you can do: make sure to talk to your local nursery when selecting plants for your garden and volunteer at community removal efforts.
#bannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #invasivespecies

How about your own private workshop to learn traditional cooking and baking techniques?  You and your friends will work ...
05/19/2021

How about your own private workshop to learn traditional cooking and baking techniques? You and your friends will work with Foodways historians and go hands-on with a wood-fired hearth and period utensils. You can even take home your creations!
$25 covers supplies. Maximum, 6 participants; minimum, 3. Adults and children ages 11+ with an adult
Interested? E-mail [email protected]

How about your own private workshop to learn traditional cooking and baking techniques? You and your friends will work with Foodways historians and go hands-on with a wood-fired hearth and period utensils. You can even take home your creations!
$25 covers supplies. Maximum, 6 participants; minimum, 3. Adults and children ages 11+ with an adult
Interested? E-mail [email protected]

Many thanks to our volunteers on Saturday who gave the pollinator garden lots of love! They also enjoyed learning about ...
05/18/2021

Many thanks to our volunteers on Saturday who gave the pollinator garden lots of love! They also enjoyed learning about various plants and invasives and the roles they play.
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark

Many thanks to our volunteers on Saturday who gave the pollinator garden lots of love! They also enjoyed learning about various plants and invasives and the roles they play.
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark

The first cicadas at Banneker Historical Park emerged this past weekend and there we were to study them just like Mr. Ba...
05/17/2021

The first cicadas at Banneker Historical Park emerged this past weekend and there we were to study them just like Mr. Banneker! We talked about the life cycle of cicadas--- did you know they survive on the sap of trees and bushes while underground?
We searched for their tunnels in the park and everyone was able to hold a cicada. Filled with this knowledge and hands-on experience, we each made our own cicada!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #broodx #cicada #bannekerpark #bannekerhistoricalpark

They're here! Benjamin Banneker would be so curious, making scientific observations and recording them in his journal!#b...
05/17/2021

They're here! Benjamin Banneker would be so curious, making scientific observations and recording them in his journal!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #cicada #broodx #bannekerpark #bannekerhistoricalpark

The wait is over! The museum and cabin re-opened on Tuesday,  May 18th!#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #banneke...
05/14/2021

The wait is over! The museum and cabin re-opened on Tuesday, May 18th!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekermuseum #africanamericanhistory #reopening #bannekerpark

The wait is over! The museum and cabin re-opened on Tuesday, May 18th!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekermuseum #africanamericanhistory #reopening #bannekerpark

Plenty of sunshine for our weather-delayed Cinco de Mayo program! We had fun learning about the Battle of Puebla against...
05/12/2021

Plenty of sunshine for our weather-delayed Cinco de Mayo program! We had fun learning about the Battle of Puebla against French invaders and comparing it to the US struggle against the British. We even learned a little Spanish. Me gusta!
Making mini-maracas was a big hit and even 'Carlitos' the Tortuga came out for a visit!
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekermuseum #bannekerhistoricalpark #cincodemayo

Come celebrate Juneteenth at BBHPM! Registration required.
05/11/2021

Come celebrate Juneteenth at BBHPM! Registration required.

Come celebrate Juneteenth at BBHPM! Registration required.

Just chillin' with the chives in Mr. Banneker's garden. #bannekerhistoricalpark #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum...
05/08/2021

Just chillin' with the chives in Mr. Banneker's garden. #bannekerhistoricalpark #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #kitchengarden

The sun is out!
05/05/2021

The sun is out!

The sun is out!

04/28/2021

We're looking for a Summer Camp Director!
All inquiries must be made by email.

Benjamin Banneker loved to read! If you would like to feed young minds and donate books to our free children's library, ...
04/27/2021

Benjamin Banneker loved to read! If you would like to feed young minds and donate books to our free children's library, please email [email protected]
Thank you!
Photo: Aaron Burden

Benjamin Banneker loved to read! If you would like to feed young minds and donate books to our free children's library, please email [email protected]
Thank you!
Photo: Aaron Burden

We're looking for a Summer Camp Director!All inquiries must be made by email.
04/27/2021

We're looking for a Summer Camp Director!
All inquiries must be made by email.

We're looking for a Summer Camp Director!
All inquiries must be made by email.

Ah, Earth Day! Let us consider the flowering dogwood! Native up and down the east coast and as far west as Texas, this b...
04/22/2021

Ah, Earth Day! Let us consider the flowering dogwood! Native up and down the east coast and as far west as Texas, this beauty supports a forestful of critters! Chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, fox, deer, beaver, and more love to nosh on its fruit. Deer and rabbits partake if its leaves, bark or twigs. Humans have benefited from it as well. Historically its sturdy wood has provided weaving shuttles, spools, tool handles, pulleys, and more to native and early Americans. Perhaps Mr. Banneker himself had a dogwood mallet or chisel? The dogwood also yielded medicinal teas for illnesses such as malaria. Could Benjamin's mother, Mary, have used dogwood in one of her medicinal teas?

Photo: Karen Dillon
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #bannekerhistoricalpark
#earthday #dogwood #nativeplants

Ah, Earth Day! Let us consider the flowering dogwood! Native up and down the east coast and as far west as Texas, this beauty supports a forestful of critters! Chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, fox, deer, beaver, and more love to nosh on its fruit. Deer and rabbits partake if its leaves, bark or twigs. Humans have benefited from it as well. Historically its sturdy wood has provided weaving shuttles, spools, tool handles, pulleys, and more to native and early Americans. Perhaps Mr. Banneker himself had a dogwood mallet or chisel? The dogwood also yielded medicinal teas for illnesses such as malaria. Could Benjamin's mother, Mary, have used dogwood in one of her medicinal teas?

Photo: Karen Dillon
#benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #bannekerpark #bannekerhistoricalpark
#earthday #dogwood #nativeplants

Here's a busy bumble lovin' up the lilac!#bannekerpark #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #pollinators #bumblebee
04/18/2021

Here's a busy bumble lovin' up the lilac!
#bannekerpark #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #pollinators #bumblebee

Here's a busy bumble lovin' up the lilac!
#bannekerpark #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum #pollinators #bumblebee

04/16/2021

A lonely American toad sings out in a spot of sunshine. His tremulous call can last 5-30 seconds and when several toads form a chorus, they each trill at a slightly different pitch. Impressive! These boys usually sing their invitations in the twilight hours, but they will make an exception on warm, wet days.

The orchard awakens with apple blossoms and violets.#bannekerpark #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum
04/14/2021

The orchard awakens with apple blossoms and violets.
#bannekerpark #benjaminbannekerhistoricalparkandmuseum

We're predicting a summer filled with discovery, learning, and exploration! Kids, come explore the stars above, the natu...
04/12/2021

We're predicting a summer filled with discovery, learning, and exploration! Kids, come explore the stars above, the natural world around us, and our nation's earliest years. Sign up today for summer camp!
#bannekerpark #bannekermuseum #summercamp

We're predicting a summer filled with discovery, learning, and exploration! Kids, come explore the stars above, the natural world around us, and our nation's earliest years. Sign up today for summer camp!
#bannekerpark #bannekermuseum #summercamp

Here come the bees! All those spring flowers need pollination! Did you know that not all bees sting? Miner bees are nati...
04/08/2021

Here come the bees! All those spring flowers need pollination! Did you know that not all bees sting? Miner bees are native to Maryland and are not aggressive. Nice!
Female miners make solitary homes in well-drained soil; you may see nests clustered together on banks or hillsides. Safe in their burrows, the young have been overwintering in a prepupae stage. This month they will shed their skin and emerge as adults to pollinate your flowers.
So if you find a cluster of holes on a slope in your yard, let it be. Your garden will thank you!
Source: USDA Forest Service
#bannekerpark #minerbee #pollinators #gardening

Here come the bees! All those spring flowers need pollination! Did you know that not all bees sting? Miner bees are native to Maryland and are not aggressive. Nice!
Female miners make solitary homes in well-drained soil; you may see nests clustered together on banks or hillsides. Safe in their burrows, the young have been overwintering in a prepupae stage. This month they will shed their skin and emerge as adults to pollinate your flowers.
So if you find a cluster of holes on a slope in your yard, let it be. Your garden will thank you!
Source: USDA Forest Service
#bannekerpark #minerbee #pollinators #gardening

This is my waking up face.All of our box turtles are up and out (but maybe still a little grumpy).  Come by some time an...
04/07/2021

This is my waking up face.
All of our box turtles are up and out (but maybe still a little grumpy). Come by some time and say good morning!
#bannekerpark #boxturtle

This is my waking up face.
All of our box turtles are up and out (but maybe still a little grumpy). Come by some time and say good morning!
#bannekerpark #boxturtle

Early yellow blooms on long, graceful branches, is it a forsythia? No, it's a native spicebush! Just crush a few leaves,...
04/02/2021

Early yellow blooms on long, graceful branches, is it a forsythia? No, it's a native spicebush! Just crush a few leaves, inhale the spicy aroma, and you'll understand its name. Yellow flowers give way to bright red berries that the birds and other wildlife love. Native Americans and settlers brewed medicinal teas from the spice bush for a long list of ailments.
#bannekerpark #spicebush

Early yellow blooms on long, graceful branches, is it a forsythia? No, it's a native spicebush! Just crush a few leaves, inhale the spicy aroma, and you'll understand its name. Yellow flowers give way to bright red berries that the birds and other wildlife love. Native Americans and settlers brewed medicinal teas from the spice bush for a long list of ailments.
#bannekerpark #spicebush

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300 Oella Ave
Catonsville, MD
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Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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Ben would have paid attention to where to look for Venus in its apparition as the evening star. Here it is seen with the young moon earlier this month from the rise by the Gazebo at the Banneker Park property. The moon has moved on, of course, but Venus is still visible about 20 minutes after sunset each night, and will stay visible to the west all summer and fall this year, gradually rising higher with Greatest Elongation on October 29th, and getting brighter after that into December as it gets closer to us, catching up with Earth's orbit around the Sun. The Park will be open late this coming Saturday, 7/31, for some observing, and it might be a good opportunity for you to catch your own view of Venus from the Gazebo at Banneker Park!
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For Juneteenth (6/19) BRAND NEW https://soundcloud.com/hillipsand/when-the-freedom-come (Recorded in Baltimore)
I am resident of Rockville, MD, and will be offering a PowerPoint lecture program at the Montgomery County History Conference 2021, January 22 – 30, 2021. See https://montgomeryhistory.org/2021-mchc/ My program will be entitled "Periodical Cicadas in Montgomery County: An Intersection of Natural History and Human History". In the program I will talk about Benjamin Banneker's observations on periodical cicadas during the latter 1700s, and his likening them to periodic comets. Here is a summary of the program. I hope you can join in with the virtual Conference. Program Summary: Montgomery County is a very ethnically and culturally diverse community. This is one of our great strengths. Montgomery County also has some lesser known, yet very numerous, native residents, the 17-year periodical cicadas that visited us with great gusto in 1987 and 2004. They are expected to be with us again in the spring of 2021. The reappearance of the periodicals, on schedule, every 17 years suggests a certain measure of stability in our local environment, a natural sign for us. These cicadas are not dangerous. They do not sting or bite and carry no diseases. They do not eat our vegetation and gardens. They tend to be very numerous, and plague-like at times. When these periodical cicadas appear and are so numerous, they offer wonderful opportunities for observing and studying nature, right in our own backyards and neighborhoods. Cicadas require trees for their life cycle and survival. Without trees, there are no cicadas, and without trees in our neighborhoods, our quality of life would be less. Trees also help to sequester or remove carbon from the atmosphere and thus combat climate change. So, we have something very much in common with our cicada friends, we both need trees! This PowerPoint lecture will demonstrate the intersection of cicada natural history and human history. An example will be a focus on cicadas in Bethesda during 1987. The studies of Benjamin Banneker on periodical cicadas during the 1700s in Maryland will lay the cornerstone for the historical progression of the cicadas every 17 years since then. As we look ahead to this spring of 2021, welcome these native Montgomery Countians back into our neighborhoods. .................................................... Some of my notes on Banneker, cicadas, and comets are these, which I'll discuss at the conference: Perhaps the earliest observation and study of these periodical cicadas in Maryland, were those of Benjamin Banneker on his farm. Benjamin Banneker was one of the first naturalists to record scientific observations of the 17-year cicadas. He did so in the area of Ellicott Mills and Ellicott City, during the middle and late 1700s. Banneker was a free African American, living from 1731 – 1806, in Maryland. He was mostly self-educated, and became proficient in mathematics, astronomy, and natural history. He wrote several almanacs, was a surveyor, land owner, and farmer. He helped Andrew Ellicott with the survey that established the borders of the District of Columbia, in 1791 and 1792. He kept a series of journals and notebooks on his many scientific and astronomical observations, including his cicada studies. As a naturalist, Banneker’s scientific observations of cicadas are not well known. But they were accurate, informative, and right in line with the 17-year periodicity of the cicadas we talk about here today. He was among the first naturalists to make those observations. Banneker wrote in his journal, in the year 1800: “The first great Locust [cicada] year that I can Remember was 1749. I was then about Seventeen years of age…Again in the year 1766…they made a Second [appearance]…I then being about thirty-four years old…Again in 1783 which was Seventeen years since their second appearance to me, they made their third…and they may be expected again in the year 1800…So that if I may venture So to express it, their periodical return is Seventeen years, but they like the Comets, make but a short stay with us…” Banneker compared the periodic and predictable lives of the 17-year cicadas, which we observe, to be like that of comets, which also are periodical and predictable. Both take a long time to re-appear, but when they do re-appear, it is with great gusto. Both get our attention! So, Banneker observed these cicadas for 51 years, and correctly predicted the next emergence. His cicada observations for the 17-year periods of 1749, 1766, 1783, and 1800 align perfectly with every 17-year cycle since then, to lead us to 1987, 2004, and into this year of 2021. Periodical cicadas have a long recorded history in Maryland. By the will and grace of Mother Nature, a comet will make a pass by Earth this spring, concurrent with the pass-by of the periodical cicadas, during May and June. Comet Pons-Winnecke will be visible in the sky from mid-May through latter June. This comet is named for the French astronomer who first discovered and described it during the 1800s. Jean Louis Pons originally discovered the comet in 1819, and it was rediscovered in 1858 by German astronomer August Theodor Winnecke, who helped to describe the orbital period. Comet Pons-Winnecke has an orbital period of about 6 1/3 years. It will be closest to Earth, on this pass, in late-June, and will be seen during the late night and early morning hours. So, by my rough calculations, these two natural events - the re-appearance of the periodical cicadas every 17 years, and the re-appearance of Comet Pons-Winnecke, every 6 1/3 years - might not coincide again until about the year 2072, 51 years from now. So, this is a rare concurrent event, seen by most people just once in their lifetime. And we will see and witness both of these events, together, during May and June of this year, 2021. Here is a sky chart I found on the internet. It is from Holland, the Netherlands, so it is a European view of what is expected. I am searching for something similar that in a North American view. But, look at the track of the comet from early May through late June, 2021. During 1987, my data shows that the cicadas were emergent in Montgomery County from May 13 – June 26, and during 2004 from May 7 – June 14. These two events really will be coincident or concurrent. The entire above ground existence of the periodical cicadas in the spring 2021 probably will be covered, or matched here, during the pass-by of Comet Pons-Winnecke. And, the comet will be seen to cross the plane of the planets on June 4, between Jupiter and Saturn. [Note Pluto and Neptune at the extreme ends of the orbital plane]. Jupiter and Saturn will become aligned here in December very soon, in the SW sky, around the time of the winter solstice.
Loving all of the events and programs you have coming up this fall. Thank you!
It's a great place for gathering, hiking, festivals, history and an enjoyable day outside.
Sun Don’t Set in the Mornin’ sung by Jubilee Voices on Saturday at the Fair.
Thanks to all the museum staff and volunteers who helped make the Colonial Market Fair a success!
Ben would appreciate this view--with the Earth's moon alongside Jupiter dimmed by clouds, one can see the Moons of Jupiter in the same view. https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap190523.html Jupiter is bright and high in the sky around midnight now, reaching opposition on June 10th.
A memorial yesterday at Mount Vernon:
Historic London Town & Gardens near Annapolis is hosting events this weekend of interest to folks here: 1) Uncertain Freedom: 1864 each day 10-4:30 Sept. 1-2, Meet people of color there anticipating the Union Victory, and 2) Freedom on the Horizon, Saturday evening 6:30-8:00 Nastassia Parker-Gross (demonstrator at Banneker Colonial events) debuts her one-woman show about Oney Judge, born at Mount Vernon, who escaped here slavery in 1796.
Banjo festival this coming Sunday may interest folks who enjoyed the Colonial Market Fair music last weekend.