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Old Weird America: Fake News and the Great “Moon Hoax”

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Program Type: Lecture
Age: Adult

Join historian Cathy Polovina as she follows her curiosity and explores "Old Weird America," to look a bit closer at a variety of adventurous, innovative, and unusual characters throughout American history.

Fake News and the Great “Moon Hoax” of 1835
In August 1835, The New York Sun reported the discovery of life on the moon, as seen through the mega-telescope of respected astronomer Sir John Herschel. Why was the public so eager to believe the accounts and images of a moon populated with giant bi-pedal beavers and flying man-bats who built towering temples of sapphire and gold? And what part did author Edgar Allan Poe play in the story?