MILESTONES

2020

PSF meets its educational goals thanks to a generous grant from the William and Valerie Anders Foundation.

2019  

PSF closes its Earth & Space Science Museum to put more emphasis on meteorite research and creates a virtual museum experience.

PSF receives the donation of the enormous Christina Hollis Meteorite Collection, originally amassed by Conrad Wragg.

2018

PSF honors its members Bill Anders and Jim Lovell on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission that took them (along with Mission Commander Frank Borman) to the moon on December 21, 1968.

2017 

PSF donates the James M. DuPont Meteorite Collection to the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, Connecticut.

PSF Members from all over the country view the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse from many different locations across the United States.

2015  

PSF receives a $200,000 grant from the Willow Springs Charitable Trust in support of our "Science in a Changing World" project.

2014

PSF opens the Earth & Space Science Museum on Main Street in Elizabeth, IL, to showcase its extensive collection of space memorabilia, meteorites, and geological specimens.

2013

The combined PSF and James M. DuPont meteorite collections reach a new milestone with 2,000 distinct, individual specimens, making it one of the top 10 largest collections in the world.

2012

PSF completes their "Stairway to the Heavens" project, offering visitors a more convenient way to access the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum.

2011

PSF receives a $10,000.00 donation from The Willow Springs Foundation toward the construction of our future observatory.

1876 Banwarth House & Museum begins weekly scheduled programs.

PSF begins partnerships with the JETS Observatory in Freeport, IL.

2010 

PSF involvement with the April 14th fall of the Mifflin, Wisconsin meteorite.

PSF begins partnership with the Apple River Fort State Historic Site Astronomy programs.

2009 

Grand opening of 1876 Banwarth House & Museum.

2008

Purchase of the 1876 Banwarth House in Elizabeth, IL (new PSF Headquarters).

PSF participation in the Tawani International Antarctic Expedition.

PSF pledges its meteorite collections to the Field Museum of Natural History in order to establish the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. 

2005

PSF enters into partnership with the Challenger Learning Center of Woodstock, IL.

2004 

PSF enters into a research partnership for Polar Studies with the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

2003

PSF moves into a new central office in Crystal Lake, IL. 

2002

PSF undertakes a third Antarctic scientific expedition to the Pecora Escarpment and to the South Pole in a continued effort to collect meteorites and ice samples for the study of microorganisms.

 

2000

A second Antarctic expedition to the Thiel Mountains and to the South Pole takes PSF in search for meteorites and microorganisms. 

1999

PSF conducts a geological and solar eclipse expedition to Turkey with 32 participants.

1998

PSF enters into a a meteorite research partnership with NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

PSF conducts a Solar Eclipse expedition to the Caribbean (Aruba) with 42 participants to view a total solar eclipse. 

PSF conducts its first Antarctic scientific expedition to Patriot Hills and to the South Pole, in search of meteorites. 

1995 

Mrs. Violetta DuPont donates the entire James M. DuPont Meteorite Collection, which today is the 10th largest meteorite collection in the world. 

1994 

PSF conducts its first Antarctic educational expedition.

 

1991 

PSF is the principal force behind construction of the Karl G. Henize Observatory in Palatine, IL.

1989 

PSF is chartered as a not-for-profit organization. 

ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER SPEAKERS

2009

Charles Duke

Apollo 16 Astronaut

Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow

Leave it to Beaver Actors 

2007

Jack Lousma

Skylab III Astronaut

 

2006

Al Worden

Apollo 15 Astronaut 

2005

Scott Carpenter

Mercury 7 Astronaut

 

2004

Dr. Edgar Mitchell

Apollo 14 Astronaut 

2003

Walter Cunningham

Apollo 7 Astronaut 

2002

Alan Bean

Apollo 12 Astronaut

 

2001

Harrison A. Schmitt

Apollo 17 Astronaut 

2000

James L. Lovell

Apollo 8 and 13 Astronaut 

1999

Charles Duke

Apollo 16 Astronaut 

1998

Owen Garriott

Skylab Astronaut

1997

Samuel T. Durrance

Shuttle Astronaut  

1996

Andre Bormanis

Star Trek Script Writer 

1994

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

Star Trek Actress 

1993

Byron Lichtenberg

Shuttle Astronauts 

 

1992

Alan Bean

Apollo 12 Astronaut