Chemical Heritage Foundation
We work to build, preserve, and interpret the history of chemistry and technology, engaging scientists, engineers, and laypersons alike in understanding science’s effect on our world. Our goal is to advance the understanding of the roles science and technology play in shaping society so that the history of the field will be as commonplace as histories of nations and empires, literature, and art, and scientific discoveries will be recognized as crucial driving forces in modern society.
CHF’s four programmatic areas address specific parts of our overall mission:
- The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History. The Othmer Library houses our major collections of rare and modern books, papers of prominent scientists and organizations, and historical photographs. Together with our museum’s collections of artifacts, scientific instruments, and art, they form a valuable resource for studies in the history of science and technology.
- The Roy Eddleman Institute for Interpretation and Education. The outreach arm of CHF, the Eddleman Institute is the operational home of the Museum at CHF and our magazine and podcast, Distillations.
- The Institute for Research. The Institute for Research initiates, coordinates, and conducts research to foster dialogue on science and technology in society. Through the Center for Oral History and the Center for Applied History, staff and fellows capture history in the making and make it relevant to all.
- The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry. The Beckman Center attracts and supports a community of visiting fellows.
In The News
- Audio tour highlights historic preservation flash points in Philly's Old City, Newsworks, June 19, 2017.