Monday, June 6, 2016

June 6, 1942 -- Half-Million Bucks Pledged for New Planetarium

June 6, 1928 – President Edward J. Kelly of the South Park Board announces that a gift of $500,000 from the former vice-president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., Max Adler, will be used for construction of a planetarium on an island east of the Field Museum.  “In giving the planetarium to Chicago,” Adler says, “I have a three-fold conception:  Scientific, popular and philosophical.  One is to further the progress of science.  The second is to enable the people to observe the action of the heavenly bodies as heretofore only astronomers have been able to do.  The third is to emphasize that all mankind, rich and poor, powerful and weak, as well as all nations, here and abroad, constitute part of one universe, and that under the great celestial firmament there is no division or cleavage, but rather interdependence and unity.” [Chicago Daily Tribune, June 7, 1928]

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