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Name Hardin Planetarium (WKU)
Details Date Built - 1967
Dedicated - Oct. 14, 1967
Architects - Johnson

Namesake:
The planetarium was named for Hardin Cherry Thompson [1938-1963], son of President Kelly Thompson who died during his senior year at Western. Thompson, an Industrial Arts major, was active in the Arts and Craft Club, Scabbard and Blade, the Pershing Rifles and served as a College Heights Herald reporter.

The observatory is located 15 miles west of Bowling Green along Petros Browning Road and has a 24 inch telescope, a photometer and camera.

History:
Dedicated on October 13, 1967, the planetarium is seventy-two feet in diameter and 44 feet high, seats approximately 200 spectators in upholstered seats arranged in concentric circles with radical aisles. It contains a projection hemisphere room, display galleries and offices.["Planetarium One of Nine Western Structures Set for Dedication," Oct. 5, 1967]. The building was dedicated on Oct. 14, 1967.

College Heights Herald:
1966 Oct. 13, p. 2
1967 Oct. 14, p. 4; Dec. 8, p. 14
1968 Mar 14, p. 10 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
1969 Feb. 20, p. 11; July 11, p. 1; Oct. 24, p. 2; Nov. 4, p. 3 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
1970 Mar 6, p. 1; Mar 10, p. 1; Mar 17, p. 7; Apr 17, p. 7; Jul 14, p. 4; Sep. 4, p. 1; Oct. 2, p. 5; Dec. 4, p. 2
1971 Jan. 29, p. 2; Feb. 23, p. 6; Jul 13, p. 2; Sep. 10, p. 5; Dec. 3, p. 8
1972 March 7, p. 7;
1974 April 12, p. 7; Oct. 22, p. 2; Nov. 12, p. 9; Dec. 3, p. 7
1975 April 2, p. 7
1976 Aug. 24, p. 3C; Sep. 10, p. 7
1977 Feb. 4, p. 3; Aug. 23, p. 12
1978 Jan. 19, p. 5; March 27, p. 5
1979 May 3, p. 3
1981 Nov. 17, p. 14
1982 Sep. 14, p. 16; Dec. 2, p. 7
1984 Sep. 18, p. 10; Dec. 6, p. 6
1985 Oct. 29, p. 16
1987 Jan. 15, p. 1
1992 Oct. 22, p. 13
1993 Dec. 9, p. 2
1994 Feb. 22, p. 13

Park City Daily News:
"Apollo 11 Moon Rock Shown at WKU," Sept. 24, 1972.

Broadbent, Stephanie. "A Celestial Stage - Western Program Explores What Happens When Worlds Collide," April 21, 1997.

Dooley, Jason. "Wet Mars," March 10, 2004.

Garrett, Angela. " Observatory Offers View of the Stars," April 14, 1991

Gentry, Margaret. "Styrofoam Dome? That's the Planetarium Plan," Oct. 8, 1966.

Morgan, Stacy. "Planetarium is 'Out of This World'," April 15, 1984.

"Observatory Work Nearing Completion," March 3, 2000

"Planetarium Announces New Program," Dec. 1, 1969.

"Planetarium One of Nine Western Structures Set for Dedication," Oct. 5, 1967.

"Planetarium Telescope Available for Viewing," August 16, 1987

"Planetarium Will Have 3 Programs for Public," Oct. 6, 1974.

Purcell, Denise. "Planetarium Program Gives Viewers Up-Close Look at Sky," Oct. 3, 1991.

Ross, Thomas. "Telescope Completes Observatory," April 23, 1987

"Trip to the Stars is Nearby," Nov. 29, 1981.

Other Periodicals:
Kinslow, Gina. "Take Another Trip to the Planetarium," Glasgow Daily Times, Feb. 10, 2000.

Ryan, Ed. "Shakespeare's Phrases Warms Poetic Hearts, Leaves Scientists Cold," Louisville Courier-Journal, Oct. 10, 1967.

"WKU's Planetarium Has Stellar Shows," Todd County Standard, Oct. 2, 1974.

Documents & Primary Sources:
UA2 Board of Regents - Meeting Minutes - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/bor/

UA3/4/4 Kelly Thompson - Construction File - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/103/

UA11/3 University Relations - Building & Construction File

UA30/1/1 Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/81/

UA66/11/1 Physics & Astronomy - Publications
Archives Entries 33
Library Entries 1
Object Entries 1
Photograph Entries 45

Associated Records

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Records created by the Ogden College of Science & Engineering and its reporting offices: Series 1. Dean's Office Series 2. Architectural & Manufacturing Science Series 3. Computer Science Series 4. Allied Health Series 5. Agriculture Series 6. Biology Series 7. Chemistry Series 8. Geography & Geology Series 9. Engineering Series 10. Mathematics Series 11. Physics & Astronomy Series 12. Hardin Planetarium Series 13. Public Health Series 14. Psychological Sciences Series 15. Nursing Series 16. Mathematics & Computer Science Series 17. Industrial & Engineering Technology

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Records regarding special ceremonies, dedications, groundbreakings not already housed in a particular office.

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Interview conducted by Paul Trafton with Owen Lawson former WKU Physical Plant director.

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 72, No. 29 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3036">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3036</a>. Issue is mis-numbered. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Just a Second Campus Line For the Record / Crime Reports People Poll Sports Diversions Movie Reviews Classifieds Articles in this issue: Stamper, John. Alarm Covers Pulled Lenz, Rebecca. Clinic Offers Medical Alternative Back, Shannon. Cherry Hall Roof Still Not Fixed Stamper, John. Bookstore Bid Beats Out Competitors Lenz, Rebecca & Jason Hall. Campus Cigarette Sal

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WKU Archives - Athletic Media Relations Franklin Studio Hagen-Booth, Sheryl Public Affairs (WKU) Talisman Towers

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

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Transparencies created by Talisman photographers for publication in the yearbook.

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 43, No. 26 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4663">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4663</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Book Marks Hilltopics Looking Backward Social Activities Calendar Alumni News Sports Slants Faculty Facts Horoscope Religious News Intramural Corner Bowling Musically This issue contains articles: Western to Graduate Over 1000 Harold McGuffey to Be Head of Alumni Algie Smith, Ralph Price Win Voices Oakley Award 67 Grads to Be Recognized Ronald Nunn Selected Best Rifleman by C

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 46, No. 3 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4699">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4699</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Coming Events Calendar West on Western Sports The Marquee - Movie Reviews Faculty Facts Intramural Corner Religious News Hilltopics Social Whirl Alumni News This issue contains articles: Willis, Finley. Tax on Earnings to Affect Wages of Westerners Homecoming Committee Picks Theme of Life and Diversify Draft Test Set for November Top Cultural Authorities to Participate in Panel M

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 3 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4730">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4730</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: WKU Enrollment Soars to 10,149 Dedication Oct. 14 for New Buildings - Grise Hall, Helm Library, Taylor Agricultural Center, Bemis Lawrence Hall, Wetherby Hall, Barnes-Campbell Hall, Rodes-Harlin Hall, Hardin Planetarium, Thompson Science Complex Fellowships Available for Top Scholars Frosh Elections Initiate Policy for Voting Another Breakthrough for Greeks; Sorority Housing Is Approved Red Towels t

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 6 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4727">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4727</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Hilltop Highlight - Campus Commemoration Barnes-Campbell Twin to Bemis Lawrence Dorm Honors Sheridan Barnes, Don Campbell Functional Design Keynotes Wetherby Administration Building Homecoming Theme Chosen Thompson Science Complex Expands for Student Needs Planetarium Honors Hardin Thompson; Former Staffer Today's Issue Many Ways Special Greeting from Chairmen of Dedication Celebration Pre-ca

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 14 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4732">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4732</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Hunt, Gary. Administration Discusses Married Housing Plans Wilson Pickett Show Billed Here With New Public Address System Benningfield, Ron. Proposed $39 Million Budget Sent to Education Council University Clarifies Vacation Dean Rusk; Containing China Necessary Benningfield, Ron. Dr. Harold Ockenga Says Belief in God Is Answer to Social Revolution Lowe, Jimmy. Herald Dumb Driver Test Offers Mini-

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 49, No. 10 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4768">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4768</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Associated Students Moves to Boost Entertainment Fare NBC's Chet Huntley May Speak at WKU Neumayer, Rick. Mame to Enliven Season in Most Ambitious Production Who's Who to Honor 38 Western Seniors Planetarium Introduction Scheduled to Begin Series Reflections Tryouts Set Activity Almanac Young Democrats Planning to Attend State Meeting Cinema Guild Adds Three Attractions Panhellenic Reps to At

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 49, No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4779">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4779</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Neumayer, Rick. Associated Students Enlisting Merchants for Student Discount Plan Irving Levine to Lecture Here Thursday Night Wilkerson, Larry. Balloting Today to Decide Local Races, Crucial Issues University Press of Kentucky Representative to Visit WKU Campus Science Prof Delivers Papers - Elmer Gray Interfraternity Council Adds Presidents November Program Set for Planetarium Laotian Interv

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 49, No. 19 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4783">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4783</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Neumayer, Rick. Group to Study Student Role Whitney Young Speaks Here Tuesday White, Alana & David Sutherland. Lettermen Demonstrate Ability to Hold Their Own in Rock Show Views Sought at Symposium Atkinson, Marthalee. Western Players Bill Caretakers to Begin Next Wednesday Wilkerson, Larry. ROTC Enrollment Decreases; More Cadets Complete Program Wilkerson, Larry. John Lyne Represents Kentuckian

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 50, No. 32 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4786">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4786</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Murray to Lift Restrictions on Some Women's Dorms Western Enrollment Drops to 9,855 for Spring Term William Kunstler Set to Speak Here Holy Ravioli! - Comic Books Resolutions Gain Approval in Associated Students Congress Air Force Band Slates Concerts Here Tuesday Hardin Planetarium Sets February Program Activities Begin for 20 Hopefuls Seeking 1971 Miss Western Crown McDonald, Kathy. If Summe

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 51, No. 4 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4813">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4813</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Registration Rises 6 1/2% to Record 11,432 Two Head Talisman Cramer, Jackie. Parking Problem is Solved Associated Students Approves Committees Girls with 2.0 Eligible for Rush Russell, Steven. Doctor Still Needed for Health Services Law School Admissions Test Dates Announced Roberts, Mike. Americans Still Remain in Well Illusion Over Vietnam War Penoyer, Patt. Downing University Center Closing

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College Heights Herald, Special Summer Edition available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4817">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4817</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Street Opening Set Aug. 17 - Seventeenth Street Firm to Build 150 Units for Married Students Former Westerner is Crowned at Fair - Joanna Smith Lowell Harrison to Speak at Commencement $23 Million Budget is Approved; James Wesolowski, Burch Oglesby, Edmund Hegan Picks Bowling, Camelia. Hardin Planetarium Solves Weighty Problems 2 at Western Trying to Salvage Fountain - Fountain Square Pa

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 51, No. 42 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4857">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4857</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Potter, Jerry. NCAA Says Evidence Indicates McDaniels Negotiated Professional Contract Early Pence, Carter. Associated Students Schedules Drive to Register Voters Odds and Ends Gray, David. Refrigerators Use Affects Food, Vending Services 13 Seek Miss Western Title Summer School Bulletins Available Business Team Wins, Loses Lawrence, Fred. Student Guarded Imperial Gardens - Kazayuki Abe Lack o

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College Heights Herald, Vol. 49, No. 34 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4937">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4937</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Rodes-Helm Lecture Tonight to Feature NBC's Chet Huntley Two File for President Despite Extension - Associated Student Government Solar Eclipse Attracts Students to Planetarium Symposiums Set for Dormitories Met Baritone to Perform in Concert at 8 Tonight - Frank Guarrera Saunders Trio to Appear Friday $2.1 Million Suit Filed Against Western Towers Is Laos to Become Another Vietnam? Dormit