Science at Home: The Science of Spying

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Friday, November 27, 2020
12:00 p.m.

Join us as we write our own secret messages using homemade invisible ink, just like spies did during the Revolutionary War.


Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, oil on canvas, 1851.

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During the Revolutionary War, both the American and British armies employed spies to keep track of troop numbers and movements.

But how did Revolutionary spies get their information through enemy territory? How did they know their messages wouldn’t be intercepted and read by the other side?

The answer? Invisible ink.

About the Series

Science at Home is a family-friendly digital program that looks at the history of scientific discoveries through the lens of a hands-on activity that families can do together at home. Sessions will be either live or pre-recorded using storytelling to introduce a science topic and connect it to an at-home activity. This program series combines history, science, and fun, while highlighting the stories we tell and the collections we house in our museum.