Through the Telescope – The Observatories of Middlebury College
Mittelman Observatory is proud to announce the opening of the exhibit “Through the Telescope: The Observatories of Middlebury College” by Alexandra Izzard ’20. Please visit go/throughthetelescope.
This exhibit explores the history of observatories, and of astronomy, at Middlebury College from the institution’s very beginning through the present day in the chronological context of both institutional history and scientific discovery.
Key highlights of this exhibit include:
- astronomy has been taught at Middlebury since its inception, being a required third-year course when the College opened its doors in 1800;
- the early Laws of Middlebury College have now been made broadly available and accessible online;
- Old Chapel served as the College’s first astronomical observatory upon its opening in 1836;
- the 1937 observatory that once stood on the knoll north of Pearsons Hall served both the College and community for more than 50 years;
- the modern day Mittelman Observatory atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall draws strongly from the tradition and inspiration of 220 years of history of observatories and astronomy at Middlebury.
The historical research project that serves as the foundation for this exhibit has been two years in the making. Creator Alexandra Izzard ’20 graduated Summa Cum Laude and highest honors with a major in the History of Art and Architecture and a minor in Italian. Alexandra pursued numerous interdisciplinary primary research opportunities that bridged the liberal arts and included the sciences while at Middlebury.
The project’s exhibit also features art by Eva Bod ’20 as well as broad collaboration with the Middlebury College Special Collections team and numerous others.
The online exhibit can now be enjoyed at the link above. The physical exhibit will be opening soon.
Mittelman Observatory. Because the sky is always open!