Choose Your Own Adventure

Public Events
Thursday, June 28, 2018
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Do you ever look back at key moments in history and think, “I would’ve made a better choice”? We’ll test that assumption using a real-world scenario with local roots.

Philadelphia, 1896: Typhoid fever has been running rampant in the city. The last few decades have seen nearly 16,000 deaths from the terrible disease. Health professionals say polluted water is to blame, but anticontagionists contend the water is pure and safe.

Add to that the manufacturing industries that have brought about a near environmental catastrophe by draining their waste into Philadelphia’s waterways, and you have everything you need for a lively debate about how to make the city’s water safe. But what’s the best solution? Should the city build an expensive filtration plant or invest in a more cost-effective aqueduct system?

Join us for an after-hours gaming adventure where you'll get to step into someone else’s shoes, and—using your wits, luck, and all the best information available to you at that moment in history—see where your choices land you!

Afterward, toast to your success (or failure), and learn more about the history of Philadelphia’s waterways with representatives from the Fairmount Water Works. 

Tickets for this event are $10 per person, and registration is required.

For more information about this event, contact Alexis Pedrick at 215.873.8293 or

This program is presented in partnership with the Fairmount Water Works.

About the Fairmount Water Works

The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center is an education center administered by the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). Located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in a National Historic Landmark, it houses interactive exhibits, models, galleries, and displays that are all designed to educate members of the public about their individual responsibility to help protect our water environment. PWD is committed to making people aware of water and watershed issues, promoting resource conservation and sustainability, and enhancing the public’s enjoyment of the environment through teaching about and interpreting the natural world.