Monthly Lectures

Monthly lectures are usually held on the third Saturday of each month (except in the summer and December), at 2:00 PM at the Community College of Philadelphia's Main campus in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Exceptions are noted below.

Parking is available for $4.00 in the college parking garage on 17th St. The garage is open until 6 PM. Note: Free parking in the Bonnell lot across the street is no longer available.
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PhACT thanks Dr. David Cattell and the Philadelphia Community College for providing us with an excellent meeting space.

The general public is more than welcome to attend our lectures. You do not need to be a PhACT member to attend.
For more information, contact Bob Glickman at president@phact.org
Executive meetings are held prior to the monthly lectures, at 1:00 p.m. Any member may attend.

Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - PhACT Expedition to Haycock Mountain

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: On site Details
Speaker:
In the 19th and early 20th centuries there were countless peculiar articles about American wild men, reportedly hairy, man-like beings, in newspapers across the country. It was once believed that civilized people who went into the wilderness to live might revert to an animalistic state and grow a coat of fur all over their bodies. And, in the early 20th century, one of these feral men was thought to be haunting 980 foot high Haycock Mountain in Upper Bucks County.
Our guide, Don Nigroni, will relate the legend of the Wild Man of Haycock Mountain. Robb Kerr and Jeff Cooney will be providing zoological and botanical information about this Piedmont site, which overlooks scenic 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon, and professional photographer Ned Levi will be photo-documenting the day's activities. We will meet at the Nockamixon State Park boat rental concession (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/nockamixon/) at 10:00 AM. Then we will caravan to nearby Haycock Mountain where one search party will ascend the hill, a steep and difficult climb requiring some bouldering, while a second search party will proceed along an old logging road at its base, a flat and easy walk. After a noon lunch at the picnic tables by the boat rental concession, participants can take a short drive caravanning past the nearby mysterious Rosicrucian pyramids, stop at the historic Levi Sheard Mill, a grist mill dating back to at least 1798, and drive over the 130 foot long picturesque Sheard's Mill Covered Bridge (1873). Also, the Nockamixon State Park boat rental concession (http://www.nockamixonboatrental.com/) provides kayaks and pontoon boats with a five person capacity for those interested in boating on the lake.
Although we may not find the Wild Man of Haycock Mountain, we will learn about his legend and inspect his wild habitat. Bring insect repellent, sturdy shoes, lunch, and a camera. The event is free and open to the public. Feel free to join us for any or all of these activities.

Sunday, July 31, 2016 - Annual PhACT Picnic

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Mondauk Common Park, Upper Dublin Details
Speaker:
Our annual picnic at the pavilion in the woods at Mondauk Common Park in Upper Dublin. Bring food to eat (a grill will be available), things to throw, and books to trade.


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