Friends of the Zeiss Statement of
Electronic Mail: < email@example.com > 2004 October 12
Internet Web Site: < http://www.friendsofthezeiss.org >
morning, I am Glenn A. Walsh of
Per my request,
at last week’s Council meeting, City Councilman Bill Peduto reported that three
historic pieces of equipment and artifacts, from the original Buhl Planetarium,
had not been affected by the flooding of last month and are in good condition.
I want to thank Mr. Peduto for his timely report. I am sure that the citizens
However, Mr. Peduto’s information, which came
from a September 24 letter from The Carnegie Science Center, included no
information about other City-owned Buhl Planetarium artifacts, which had been
moved to the
This list includes five classic Astronomy “push-button” exhibits, a medium-sized Van de Graaff Electrostatic Generator, four Toledo Planetary Weight Scales, as well as Planetarium and Lecture Hall Sound Equipment.
Also on the list are eleven paintings including The Old Astronomer by Daniel Owen Stephens, which has been published in Astronomy textbooks and in a 1961 filmstrip for schools; Copernicus, a portrait of the Polish Astronomer donated by the Polish Arts League of Pittsburgh; two portraits of Henry Buhl, Jr.; and one portrait of his wife, Louise.
These eleven paintings were
on display from the day the building opened on
Although not included in the 2002 Memoranda of Understanding between the City and The Carnegie Science Center, these artifacts are City property and should be accounted-for. Certainly, the eleven paintings would have a definite financial value.
In a second written request, copy attached to this statement, I am asking Mr. Peduto to make another inquiry, to The Carnegie Science Center, regarding the location and condition of these additional City-owned assets.
Thank you. Gaw