Market Days: Heirlooms

Food, Experiments, Tools, and Traditions

Saturday, October 19, 2013 • 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15
Free (Market Days is a free outdoor program. Ticket required for museum admission.)

Explore the diverse treasures that we preserve and pass along to future generations. Learn to create explosions of native heirloom flowers by making seed bombs with Explorables volunteers, and shop for heirloom vegetable seeds from organic seed vendors. See how a 100-year-old hat shop preserves the tradition of making and wearing fedoras, top hats, and bowlers. Get in touch with the raw material of human heritage by extracting DNA from your own cells with the Explainers. Learn traditions of making and doing practiced by professionals and homesteaders alike, such as using wild bacteria to make uniquely flavored cheeses. Plus, hear Exploratorium scientists discuss some of the earliest scientific theories, refined and built upon over the centuries.

List of Presenters:


Cole Canyon Farm
Heirloom plants

Chinese Historical Society Museum
Items brought by early Chinese immigrants

Marin School Garden Network
Seed-starting demonstration

Compass Green Project
School garden/greenhouse on wheels

Bernal Cutlery
Japanese whetstone knife sharpening

True Grass Farms
Raising livestock by nurturing natural cycles

Cowgirl Creamery
Cheese-making demonstration

Paul’s Hat Works
Custom hat makers

The Long Now Foundation’s Rosetta Project and PanLex
Add recordings to a digital library of human languages

Wendeanne Ke‘aka Stitt
Hawai‘ian kapa cloth demonstration

Make heirloom seed bombs and a seed viewer
Explorables volunteers

Dissect flowers to see where seeds come from
Exploratorium Explainers

Home movie screenings and a film preservation demonstration
Exploratorium Cinema Arts

Evolutionary relics: ancient forms of life
Exploratorium Senior Biologist Karen Kalumuck

Curiosity Catering