....Oakland, California - Stargazing since 1924








Spring 1964

 

Chabot Space and Science Center and
Eastbay Astronomical Society timeline

Compiled by Carter Roberts and Don Stone

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Spring 1964
First Biology portable moved in.
Sep 1964
Planetarium opened to students and the public. Biology classes started.
1964-1965
Observatory remodelled, windows removed from big dome. Observatory painted and fire escapes and rooftop observing area added.
07 Feb 1965
Transit disassembled for repair (also replated sometime near this date).
Mar 1965
Repaired clocks.
20 Mar 1965
Transit re-installed.
21 Mar 1956
Facility formally dedicated as Chabot Science Center. EGL is the guest speaker.
May 1965
Construction of Sliding Roof Observatory (SRO) begun.
15 Sep 1965

Building ready for 9.5-inch telescope.

Dec 1965
9.5-inch almost ready for service in Sliding Roof portable donated by OUSD.
Sep-Dec 1966
EAS sends team to 900 High Street to select books to return to Chabot.
21 Apr 1967
Dennis Steele asks to restart Telescope Makers' Workshop.
24 Jan 1969
Linsley dies in Walnut Creek. Memorail service 27 Jan at Lakeshore Ave. Baptist Church.
15 Aug 1969
Report by architect Shigenori Iyama re modernization of Chabot Science Center.
25 Feb 1970
Dr. Kent Friel of OPS conducts meeting at Chabot Science Center re earthquake hazard.
15 Mar 1973
Voters of Oakland approve Bond Measure A to provide earthquake safe schools. $208,600 is specifically earmarked for Chabot Observatory. (The measure is passed by the narrowest of margins!)
27 Feb 975
EAS proposal for relocation to Sugarloaf site (next to Merritt College).
1974-1975
34,052 attend programs +1,457 for Science Fair and 1,036 for Burckhalter exhibit. PTA and other meetings.
22 Dec 1975
Letter from Superintendent of Schools Ruth Love to Bd of Ed recommending a study of relocating the Observatory. A budget of $550,000 has been set aside for this purpose.
1975-1976
29,069 visitors.
1976
Kingsley Wightman becomes Director of Chabot Science Center (until 1986).

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