Working Group on the Preservation of Astronomical Heritage (WGPAH)


Jennifer Bartlett
Jennifer L. Bartlett

History: Established at the 209th Meeting, January 2007 in Seattle, in response to a report from the Historical Astronomy Division (HAD).

Members: Twelve members nominated by the HAD Executive Committee on the basis of their professional qualifications relating to the preservation of sites, astronomical instruments, and historical documents. Two additional members will represent the concerns of active research observatories.

Term: Three years staggered, terms beginning and ending at the close of the annual summer meeting. Members may be re-appointed.

Chair: Nominated by the HAD Executive Committee; confirmed by the AAS Board of Trustees.

Charge: The Working Group is charged with developing and disseminating procedures, criteria and priorities for identifying, designating, and preserving astronomical structures, instruments, and records so that they will continue to be available for astronomical and historical research, for the teaching of astronomy, and for outreach to the general public.


The Working Group may interact with other academic, international, or governmental organizations, as appropriate to advance the preservation of astronomical heritage.

Board of Trustees Liaison

Committee Chair

Committee Members

Wayne Osborn

Central Michigan University

Term: Jun 2020 – Dec 2026

Observations and Data

E. C. Krupp

Griffith Observatory

Term: Aug 2016 – Jun 2025


Kenneth I. Kellermann


Term: Jun 2016 – Jun 2025

History of Astronomy

Virginia L. Trimble

UC Irvine & Queen Jadwiga Observatory

Term: Jun 2007 – Jun 2025


Stephen Levine

Lowell Observatory

Term: Feb 2024 – Jun 2027

Working Observatories

Stephen C. McCluskey

West Virginia Univ.

Term: Jun 2008 – Dec 2026


Sara Schechner (She/Her/Hers)

Harvard University

Term: Jun 2008 – Dec 2026


R. Elizabeth M. Griffin

Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre

Term: Jun 2007 – Jun 2025

Observations and Data

James M. Lattis

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Term: Jun 2008 – Jun 2025

Historical Observatories

Samantha Thompson

Smithsonian Institution

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2025