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Stars Rising: Why U-M's Detroit Observatory Matters and Where It's Going

1854 painting of Detroit Observatory and 2019 rendering of addition under construction 1854 painting of Detroit Observatory and 2019 rendering of addition under construction
1854 painting of Detroit Observatory and 2019 rendering of addition under construction
Why is an observatory in Ann Arbor named for Detroit? What made the Detroit Observatory a milestone for the University of Michigan and American higher education? How was the Observatory central to the growth of American astronomical science, when did it lose that role, and how did it get it back? And who were some of the people who made it all happen? Gary Krenz of the University’s Bentley Historical Library will explore these and other questions in this talk. In its 165-year history, the Observatory has gone through many transformations, and it is currently going through another—the construction of an addition to improve access, education, and programming. Krenz will also look at what that project entails and what lies ahead.

This event is in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library.

This lecture launches a new lecture series on University of Michigan history, sponsored by the Bentley Historical Library.
1854 painting of Detroit Observatory and 2019 rendering of addition under construction 1854 painting of Detroit Observatory and 2019 rendering of addition under construction
1854 painting of Detroit Observatory and 2019 rendering of addition under construction
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