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Session 24 - HAD II.
Oral session, Monday, January 13
Pier 4,

[24.05] Restoration of the Detroit Observatory at the University of Michigan

P. S. Whitesell, P. Seitzer (U. Michigan)

The Detroit Observatory, located on the University of Michigan's campus, was erected in 1854 and named in honor of its many benefactors from the City of Detroit. It is the most significant unaltered mid-nineteenth century observatory in America with its original astronomical instruments still intact and operational, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The Observatory is an important physical legacy of the University's early scientific preeminence, since it served as the training ground for many of the most prominent astronomers of the 19th century. A full restoration of the building is currently underway. When completed, the Observatory will serve as a museum of astronomical and meteorological science. As part of the project, the 12 5/8 inch Henry Fitz refracting telescope (1857) and the 6 inch Pistor amp; Martins meridian circle (1854) will undergo historical restoration.

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