Sudsy Science: Making Soap with the Franklin Family

Science on Tap
Monday, December 14, 2020
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. EST (UTC -5)

Learn about the Franklin family soapmaking business at this virtual Science on Tap featuring the APS Museum’s Janine Boldt.

Jane Franklin Mecom once had to explain to her famous brother, “There is a good deal of Phylosephy in the working of crown soap.” Why was soap so difficult to master? Join Janine Boldt as she discusses 18th-century soapmaking and why we should take trade sciences as seriously as the Franklins. See the Franklin family soap recipe and get to know some of the women in the Franklin family who made, sold, and experimented with the trademark soap.

About the Speaker

Janine Yorimoto Boldt

Headshot of Janine Yorimoto Boldt

Janine Yorimoto Boldt.

Janine Yorimoto Boldt is the 2018–2020 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Library and Museum. She is the lead curator of the 2020 exhibition Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist and was cocurator of Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic. She received her PhD in American studies from the College of William and Mary in 2018 and specializes in the study of colonial portraiture.

About the Series

Our Science on Tap monthly speaker series is now online! This monthly gathering features brief, informal presentations by Philadelphia-based scientists and other experts followed by lively conversation and a Q&A. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!