History of Vaccines at the Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

May 13, 2019 Rene F. Najera

We had the pleasure of hosting a table at the Kensington Derby and Arts Festival on May 11, 2019. The festival is held every year in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, and it includes a “kinetic sculpture” race as well as vendors offering goods and services. Our table was in “Kid’s Science Corner,” and we were approached by a wide variety of people.

We had an interactive table game to show how immune and non-immune populations are susceptible to disease. It was an improvement on the tabletop bowling toys we presented the previous week at the Philadelphia Science Festival. The people who used the game gave us high marks on a more hands-on model of how vaccines work at a population level.

Table Top demonstration of how vaccines work at the population level

Joining us at the table were Izza Choudhry, a docent at the Mütter Museum, and Ashley Bowen, PhD, a medical science historian. Dr. Bowen talked to visitors about the upcoming Spit Spreads Death exhibit that opens in October at the Mütter Museum. Ms. Choudhry talked to visitors about the museum, hours of operation, and some general history. We also provided informational pamphlets and flyers about The History of Vaccines and the Spit Spreads Death exhibit.

As the summer begins, we will be looking for other opportunities to talk to the public about The History of Vaccines, so please make sure to mention in the comments any events in the Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington region that we could attend.