Friends of the Zeiss Public Statement For
Telephone: 412-561-7876 By Glenn A. Walsh:
Electronic Mail: < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Internet Web Site: < http://www.planetarium.cc > Zeiss II Reassembly
2007 March 27
morning, I am Glenn A. Walsh of
In 2002, The Carnegie Science Center dismantled three historic artifacts, from the original Buhl Planetarium and placed them in storage in their warehouse.
promised the City of
in the world, and the large Mercator’s Projection Map of the World would be reassembled by the end of 2005. They also said the 10-inch Siderostat-type
Telescope would be reassembled once the
the May, 2003 collapse of the proposed $90 million expansion project,
year; they said nothing about reassembly of the other two artifacts. That
second deadline has come and gone with no effort on the part of the
any of the three historic artifacts. Oh, last year they did apply-for, receive,
and spend a one million-dollar grant to totally renovate the existing
planetarium into the “Buhl Digital Dome;” but not one penny was spent to restore Buhl Planetarium historic artifacts!
The reassembly of the Zeiss
Projector had been planned for the second floor, near the current planetarium
entrance. Without a
reassembly would take space
away from the
As I mentioned last year, I
Immediately following the RAD Board meeting exactly a year ago, new Carnegie Institute President David Hillenbrand told me that plans were still underway for
reassembly of the historic artifacts; I have heard nothing since.
It is now quite clear that The Carnegie Science Center has no interest in the historic Buhl Planetarium artifacts and has no intentions of reassembling them;
they do not see display of these artifacts as part of their mission. All of their “delays” are simply meant to drag-out the process, hoping that people will forget
these artifacts exist—the old adage: “out of sight, out of mind” !
The Zeiss Projector, Siderostat Telescope, and Mercator’s Map belong in a location where they can actually be used to teach Science to children. This cannot and
will not happen at The Carnegie Science Center. It can only happen in the original Buhl Planetarium building, now being used by the Children’s Museum.
I ask that you direct that these three City-owned artifacts be returned to the City-owned Buhl Planetarium building, to be used to teach Science to children
visiting the Children's Museum. Otherwise, they will languish in warehouse storage indefinitely, collecting dust and educating no one.