Heritage Day is a celebration of the achievements and promise of the sciences and technologies that shape material culture. Each year CHF hosts this celebration at its Philadelphia headquarters, located just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Independence National Historical Park. 

The cornerstone of Heritage Day is the presentation of the Othmer Gold Medal for multifaceted contributions to chemistry. CHF also presents the Richard J. Bolte, Sr., Award for Supporting Industries on Heritage Day, along with an award given in partnership with the American Institute of Chemists.

This year’s Heritage Day events will take place on May 15, 2014. Visit the event page for details and registration information.

Hear It Firsthand

CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to winners of CHF’s awards, including

  • Arnold Beckman, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000)
  • Robert Allington, winner of the Pittcon Heritage Award (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi, winner of the Othmer Gold Medal (2000), the AIC Gold Medal (2004), and the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer (1995)
  • Gordon Cain, winner of the Petrochemical Heritage Award (1997)

Listen to their extraordinary stories today!


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Help us preserve and share the history of chemistry and related sciences. Make a tax-deductible donation online.