Phrenology in the 19th Century was the belief that a person’s abilities could be determined by the shape of one’s skull and the size of the “bumps” thereon. Thoroughly discounted by science today, phrenology was proscribed to be a true science by most intellectuals of the time. It is estimated that over 2,000 “Practical Phrenologists” had set out across America to read the heads –“having their heads examined,” of a population eager to better themselves. Prof. Phineas Fairhead P.P. a.k.a. Lee Slider will provide an entertaining lecture on this little known aspect of 19th Century popular culture.
Date: Saturday, August 20
Time: 1:30 PM
Macon County History Museum
5580 North Fork Road. Decatur, IL62521
Cost: $2 admission fee