How to Contact the Governor
to Support Preserving Original Conditions in
The Buhl Planetarium and
Institute of Popular Science

1) Send an electronic mail message directly to Governor Ed Rendell, by completing a message on this Internet web page:

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2) Send a letter, through the U.S. Mail to Governor Ed Rendell, at the following address:

Governor Ed Rendell
Governor's Office
225 Main Capital Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120

Friends of the Zeiss proposes that four conditions be placed on the issuance of an $8 million Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant, for the proposed expansion of the Pittsburgh Children's Museum including their use of The Buhl Planetarium amd Institute of Popular Science. If you wish, you can copy and paste the four conditions, listed below, into your message to Governor Ed Rendell:

1) Buhl Planetarium's Theater of the Stars and Zeiss Pit cannot be altered in any which would prevent the return and use, at some future date, of the historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector. This would include the retention of the historic Westinghouse "Worm-Gear" Elevator and the Zeiss Control Console.

2) The People's Observatory, on Buhl Planetarium's third floor, cannot be altered in any way which would prevent the return and use, at some future date, of the historic 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope.

3) A dedicated lighting system, on the ceiling of Buhl Planetarium's Great Hall, should be retained for return and display of "The Rise of Steel Technology" Mural by local artist Nat Youngblood.

4) A comprehensive inventory of all other City-owned artifacts, from the Buhl Planetarium, should be compiled, so that these other artifacts are not lost forever. The inventory previously compiled and included in the Children’s Museum Lease is not complete.

None of these conditions would seriously hinder the programming of the Children's Museum in the original Buhl Planetarium. Yet, these four conditions would assure that historic equipment and artifacts, important to the history of Pennsylvania, can some day be restored to use by the public.

Detailed Proposal: Preservation of Historic Buhl Planetarium Equipment and Artifacts

Complete Transcript:
Response to the
City of Pittsburgh Request for Proposals(RFP)
For Lease of Equipment and Artifacts of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
2002 May 22

Authored By Glenn A. Walsh
Sponsored By Friends of the Zeiss

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