Planetarium Info

"Follow the Drinking Gourd"

Debuts at the Dupont Planetarium

The Dupont Planetarium is proud to introduce its newest show. "Follow the Drinking Gourd" joins the repertoire of other fine shows at the planetarium: "Through the Eyes of Hubble", "'Tis the Season", "Journey Into the Living Cell", "Magellan, Report from Venus", "The Voyager Encounters", "More Than Meets the Eye" and "Larry Cat in Space."

"Follow the Drinking Gourd" is a show about how slaves used astronomy and song to escape the bondage of slavery and travel to Canada. Slaves would develop songs that contained a secret code to help them travel to freedom in the north. This show will follow one slave family and see how they used the song, "Follow the Drink Gourd", to help them travel safely to Canada. Planetarium patrons will have opportunity to sing along with the song and learn that the Drinking Gourd is another name for the Big Dipper. Other common constellations will also be discussed during the show.

This show will be available for viewing in conjunction with black history month (February) on January 5, 6, 19, 20 and February 2, 3, 16, 17, 2001. Show times are at 7:00 and 8:00 P.M. each night.

Costs for the shows are

$4 for adults,

$3 for senior citizens,

$2 for children and students.

Dupont Planetarium Public Show Schedule


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