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Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

February 21, 2003
CONTACT: Catherine Rogers Arthur

Historic Lighting Demonstrations
Offer a Glimpse into the Past

Homewood House Museum will present two historic lighting demonstrations Thursday, March 13, and Thursday, March 27, as part of its exhibition O Say Can You See? Revolutions in Lighting Technology. Both demonstrations will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Remsen Hall on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

"1,000 Years of Lighting Technology: A Working Demonstration of Lamps from Primitive to Kerosene" will be offered on March 13. Author Dan Sohn, a Baltimore native and board member of the Rushlight Club (International Association of Collectors and Students of Antique Lighting), will demonstrate lighting technologies from primitive lamps to the Industrial Revolution. Daniel W. Mattausch, author and past-president of the Rushlight Club, will continue the progression of historic lighting by demonstrating lamps from whale oil to kerosene, including historic lamps used in the new Civil War epic "Gods and Generals."

On March 27, experience the soft flicker of gas lights as our ancestors knew them with "The Romance of Gas Lights: A Working Demonstration of 150 Years of High-Tech Lighting." Mattausch's talk will include the burning of the oldest gas light burner in America, a burner from the Peale family, which started the first gas light company in America in Baltimore.

Prior to each talk from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Homewood House Museum, also located on the Homewood campus, will be open for a reception and the opportunity to see the lighting exhibit. The cost for each talk is $5 for Homewood members; $7 for non-members. To make reservations for the programs and for directions to Remsen Hall, call 410-516- 5589.

O Say Can You See? Revolutions in Lighting Technology will continue through March 30. Visit www.jhu.edu/historichouses for more information on the exhibition or www.rushlight.org for more information on the talks and lighting demonstrations.

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