The Inventions That Made Us Who We Are

Distillations Book Review

Anissa Ramirez’s latest book tracks the (sometimes literal) way technology can shape our lives.

Virtual Speaker Series

Friday, May 29 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for a talk by public historian and local shoemaker Damian Niescior, who will present “Footwear for the Revolution: Shoemaking in the 18th Century.”

Pandemic Perspectives


Our new series features topical Distillations stories, including interviews with historians, biomedical researchers, public health experts, and physicians to provide historical context for our current crisis.

David Allen Cole Named President
and CEO


The former executive director of the Hagley Museum and Library is “thrilled to be stepping into a leadership role at an institution with a reputation for excellence.”

Activities and Resources


Our doors may be closed but our free content is always available, including Distillations articles, podcasts, and videos; virtual exhibitions; role-playing games; historical biographies; digital collections; and more.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of the innovators and scientific discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

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