The Museum on Main welcomes scientist Marie Sklodowska Curie to its virtual stage at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. this Wednesday (July 21), as part of this year's virtual Ed Kinney Speaker Series.
One of the world's most renowned scientists, Curie is a two-time Nobel Prize winner who is best known for pioneering the study of radioactivity, but she also faced incredible obstacles just to enter the laboratory. Next week, she will recall her childhood in Poland, early experiments treating cancer with radium therapy, and groundbreaking research to isolate two new elements, sharing the struggles, failures and triumphs behind her scientific discoveries.
The presentation is written and portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak as part of STEM on Stage's virtual tour of "Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie," commemorating the 100th anniversary of her visit to the United States in 1921. STEM on Stage is a STEAM initiative to promote narrative science through theater, film and live events.
"The museum is honored to be the kickoff location for Marie Curie's virtual tour around the country through STEM on Stage's Humanity Needs Dreamers program," education director Sarah Schaefer said.
"Marie Curie was originally scheduled to come to California on her speaking tour in 1921 but never made it out West. We are thrilled the Ed Kinney Speaker Series is helping her complete her original speaking tour 100 years later."
The speaker event will be held virtually on the webinar platform Big Marker. Purchase tickets at www.museumonmain.org or by calling the museum at 462-2766. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for seniors/students; and $10 for museum members. Links to the virtual performance will be emailed one day prior to the performance.