MILESTONES


 


2012:

PSF Completes their "Stairway to the Heavens" Project

2011:

PSF receives a $10,000.00 donation from The Willow Springs Foundation toward the construction of our future observatory.

1876 Banwarth House & Museum begins weekly scheduled programs

PSF begins partnerships with the JETS Observatory in Freeport, IL

2010:

PSF involvement with the April 14th fall of the Mifflin, Wisconsin meteorite.

PSF begins partnership with the Apple River Fort State Historic Site Astronomy programs

2009:

Grand opening of 1876 Banwarth House & Museum

2008:

Purchase of the Banwarth House in Elizabeth, IL (new PSF Headquarters)

PSF participation in the Tawani International Antarctic Expedition

PSF pledges its meteorite collections to the Field Museum of Natural History in order to establish the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies

2005:

PSF enters into partnership with the Challenger Learning Center of Woodstock, Illinois.

2004:

PSF enters into a research partnership for Polar Studies with the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

2003:

PSF moves into a new central office in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

2002:

PSF undertakes a third Antarctic scientific expedition to the Pecora Escarpment and to the South Pole in a continued effort to collect meteorites and ice samples for the study of microorganisms.

2000:

A second Antarctic expedition to the Thiel Mountains and to the South Pole takes PSF in search for meteorites and microorganisms.

1999:

PSF conducts a geological and solar eclipse expedition to Turkey with 32 participants.

1998:

PSF enters into a a meteorite research partnership with NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

PSF conducts a Solar Eclipse expedition to the Caribbean (Aruba) with 42 participants to view a total solar eclipse.

PSF conducts its first Antarctic scientific expedition to Patriot Hills and to the South Pole, in search of meteorites.

1994:

Mrs. Violetta DuPont donates the entire James M. DuPont Meteorite Collection, which today is the 10th largest meteorite collection in the world.

PSF conducts its first Antarctic educational expedition.

1991:

PSF is the principal force behind construction of the Karl G. Henize Observatory in Palatine, Illinois.

1989:

PSF is chartered as a not-for-profit organization.

ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER SPEAKERS:

2009 -- Apollo 16 Astronaut Charlie Duke; Actors Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow
2007 -- Skylab III Astronaut Jack Lousma
2006 -- Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden
2005 -- Mercury 7 Astronaut Scott Carpenter
2004 -- Apollo 14 Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell
2003 -- Apollo 7 Astronaut Walter Cunningham
2002 -- Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean
2001 -- Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison A. Schmitt
2000 -- Apollo 13 Astronaut James L. Lovell
1999 -- Apollo 16 Astronaut Charles Duke
1998 -- Skylab Astronaut Owen Garriott
1997 -- Shuttle Astronaut Samuel T. Durrance
1996 -- Star Trek Script Writer Andre Bormanis
1994 -- Star Trek actress Majel Barrett-Roddenberry
1993 -- Shuttle Astronauts Byron Lichtenberg
1992 -- Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean