History of Vaccines at the Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

We had the pleasure of hosting a table at the Kensington Derby and Arts Festival on May 11, 2019. The festival is held every year in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, and it includes a “kinetic sculpture” race as well as vendors offering goods and services. Our table was in “Kid’s Science Corner,” and we were approached by a wide variety of people.

We had an interactive table game to show how immune and non-immune populations are susceptible to disease. It was an improvement on the tabletop bowling toys we presented the previous week at the Philadelphia Science Festival. The people who used the game gave us high marks on a more hands-on model of how vaccines work at a population level.

Desktop demonstration of how vaccines work using wooden figurines and magnets

Joining us at the table were Izza Choudhry, a docent at the Mütter Museum, and Ashley Bowen, PhD, a medical science historian. Dr. Bowen talked to visitors about the upcoming Spit Spreads Death exhibit that opens in October at the Mütter Museum. Ms. Choudhry talked to visitors about the museum, hours of operation, and some general history. We also provided informational pamphlets and flyers about The History of Vaccines and the Spit Spreads Death exhibit.

As the summer begins, we will be looking for other opportunities to talk to the public about The History of Vaccines, so please make sure to mention any events in the Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington region that we could attend.

Author: René F. Najera, DrPH

I am the editor of the History of Vaccines site, an online project by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. All opinions expressed on these blog posts are not necessarily those of the College or any of my employers. Check out my professional profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/renenajera Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen