The Real History of Toilets

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Event Type: 
Non-NEHA Event


Spoiler alert: contrary to popular belief, Victorian mogul Thomas Crapper did not invent the modern flush toilet...but if he didn't, then who did? It's time to explore the real history of this ubiquitous bathroom necessity, and how it evolved into the porcelain flushers we all know and love today.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the long and fascinating history of toilets, from rudimentary systems used by close-knit communities in ancient Mesopotamia to today's high-tech plastic or porcelain thrones.

Led by water and sanitation expert Kimberly Worsham, our virtual experience into this mysterious machine we use every day will include:

  • The history of ancient toilets and how they developed into the modern flush toilets we find today in our homes
  • What toilets have to do with Queen Elizabeth I (and why we should be grateful)
  • Why toilets are not as common as we often think they are — from Cambodia to New York City — and what is being done about it
  • A discussion around how you can better your toilet experience in your own home and on the road
  • Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Kim — any and all questions about toilets are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!


Contact Name: 
Kimberly Worsham
(917) 935-0749