Renowned re-enactor Bill Agress brings Albert Einstein to “life” for children during Princeton’s Annual Pi Day celebration at Morven Museum & Garden, where a “surprise” birthday party is held each year as part of Pi Day Princeton. Attendees at this year’s March 10 surprise party, which starts at 10 am, will have an even greater surprise — they will each take home an historic party favor: a cutting from Einstein’s own begonias.
Morven and the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) are partnering to present Albert Einstein’s surprise birthday for 4, 5, and 6 year olds with HSP providing fun facts about the guest of honor. Morven’s newest exhibition, A Gentleman’s Pursuit: The Commodore’s Greenhouse, opening February 15, together with the Historical Society’s Einstein collection, inform the event.
“We wanted to find a fun and accurate way to connect Einstein to Morven Museum & Garden’s exhibition and we found it through research conducted by Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services at HSP,” Debra Lampert-Rudman, Morven’s Curator of Education and Public Programs said. “I asked Eve if Einstein loved plants or had a greenhouse and she found research stating that he loved begonias and said she even heard that there were possibly people in Princeton who still owned live cuttings.”
The search continued and Vicky Bergman, President of Princeton’s Community Without Walls, was found to “indeed have descendants of Einstein’s begonias…and was happy to share cuttings with children in the community.”
All “little geniuses” should plan to arrive by 10:00 a.m. to meet and sing “Happy Birthday” to Einstein, enjoy a piece of birthday cake (donated by McCaffrey’s of Princeton) learn fun facts and decorate pots to plant their cuttings to take home.
Registration is limited and tickets may be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pi-day-princeton-a-surprise-party-for-albert-einstein-tickets-42685407202
ABOUT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PRINCETON: Founded in 1938, The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is a museum and research center dedicated to interpreting the history of Princeton, New Jersey. HSP’s headquarters, Updike Farmstead, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and lies within the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Historic District. Visit us at www.princetonhistory.org.
ABOUT MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN: Situated on five pristine acres in this university town, Morven is a short walk from the Princeton Campus. The museum boasts a growing collection of fine and decorative arts, including loans from the Boudinot Collection at the Princeton University Art Museum. Morven’s second floor galleries serve as a changing exhibit space with new shows opening every few months that celebrates the cultural heritage of New Jersey.
For more than 200 years Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation. Originally part of a 5,500-acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1701 by the Stockton family, it became the site of the home of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. As well as serving as a Stockton homestead into the 20th century, Morven was also home to Robert Wood Johnson and his family, and eventually five New Jersey governors. In 1982, the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion was relocated to nearby Drumthwacket and Morven began its conversion to a museum and opened to the public in 2004. To learn more: www.morven.org.
Morven Museum & Garden is supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism.