April MAS Meeting

Image of the historic Dearborn Telescope

On Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:00 pm at UW Space Place, the MAS general meeting will feature a talk by Craig Deller on the Conservation of the Historic Dearborn Telescope.

The Dearborn Telescope has been in the collection of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum since 1930. Considered the largest in the world when it was built, the telescope has significant historical importance to both Chicago and astronomy. This presentation will examine the telescope’s history, condition examination, and original surface recovery treatment.

Craig Deller is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works and on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Interior Surfaces Conservation Lab.” He has over 30 years in private practice as a rare objects conservator. His activities include work with the International Journal of Young Conservators and Restorers of Works of Art; the Academy of Fine Art, Warsaw, Poland and the Analytical Laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution. He is a board member of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and the board president of Adventures in Preservation. He is the former president of the Chicago Area Conservation Group and a former board member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works.

Space Place is located in the basement of the Villager Mall in Madison, at 2300 South Park Street, on the west side of the street, between Hughes Place and Ridgewood Way, about three blocks north of the Beltline (Google Map).

Park in front near the center of the Mall, and enter at the Atrium Entrance. Once inside, walk down the hallway to the stairs and go downstairs. Space Place occupies the left-hand part of the basement just beyond the doors at the bottom of the stairs. There is also an elevator available.