Thursday, March 27, 2014

Zenith radio ... a blaring part of history

Zenith radio console with push buttons, model 78582
The Carnegie Museum has several examples of household items such as radios and phonographs from years ago, including a 1941 radio. At one time, radio dominated the entertainment and news industry. In fact, on December 7, 1941, millions of Americans first heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Do you want to see a 1941 radio in person?

Visit the Carnegie Museum, opening again March 1.

Did you know?
The Zenith Corporation was founded in Chicago in 1918 and utilized the famous slogan of "The quality goes in, before the name goes on."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NOVA Making Stuff Workshop

March 29, 1-5pm

Do you like to build things? Do you like to know howthings work? If so, our Making Stuff workshop will be fit just for you! Come in March 29th, next Saturday, from 1-5 to experience how to make things Wilder, Colder, Faster, and Safer. Everyone's  welcome and will be able to do each of the four stations. Don't miss out on this fun learning experience! 

Space suits and beyond ...

Joe Allen, Crawfordsville-born astronaut, has quite a display at your Carnegie Museum (re-opening March 1st, so make plans to drop by!). As a member of Mission Control, Joe Allen took part in Apollo 15 and 17. In 1982 and in 1984 he was a mission specialist aboard the Discovery shuttle. Allen logged 314 hours in space.
Joe Allen's space suits are displayed at the Carnegie Museum

In this display, Allen's helmet, space food and other Astronaut memorabilia can be viewed.
Allen's snoopy helmet.
Flight manuals used by Allen

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pi Day 2014!

Pi Day 2014 at the Carnegie was a success. 255 attended our event; young and old enjoyed the activities -- and the pie! Here is some "pi" for those who could not make it: 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Joe Allen: Author, Astronaut & Administrator

Crawfordsville has its own astronaut! Check out Joe Allen in the Carnegie Museum's WOW Gallery after March 1st.

Joe Allen was born June 27, 1937 at Crawfordsville. Joe attended Mills School and graduated from CHS in 1955. DePauw was his next stop earning his bachelor of arts degree in math and physics. Yale is where he gained a masters degree and Ph.D. in physics.
At the time of his flights, Joe was 5'6'' and 125 pounds,
 thus earning the title "Little Joe."
There is a copy of Allen's book in  the RA
section of the Crawfordsville Library

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Atwater Kent Radio set, circa 1925

Frank J. Stewart donated this beautiful Atwater Kent Radio Set
See this historic radio in your Carnegie Museum after we re-open March 1st.

The receiving unit, a tabletop box model, ran on batteries with sound coming through the horn-style loudspeaker.

Atwater Kent was the leading manufacturer of radios in the 1920s, producing high-quality units and sponsoring one of the most popular entertainment radio programs of the era, the Atwater Kent Hour. In the 1930s, sales were hampered by the Great Depression and the expiration of component patents, which allowed other companies to more easily enter the market. In 1936, tired of dealing with the competition from lower-priced and lower-quality units, Atwater Kent closed his company and retired a very wealthy man.

Horn-style loudspeaker
Dials, Controls

Monday, March 3, 2014

Pi Day 2014

Saturday, March 8 from 2-4 pm!
Admission is free

Celebrate Pi (3.1415) Day with us as Wabash College professors and students entertain and amaze museum visitors.

Witness and explore physics firsthand. Bring the whole family! And of course we will have a little pie!

Wabash College Physics professor Martin Madsen, "Pi Day this year will include an exploration of video game physics.  Imagine what would happen if some of your favorite games came to life!  How hard would it be to really shoot an "Angry Bird" at fortified pigs?  How hard is it to shoot a laser beam at a moving target?  Imagine playing "Fruit Ninja" with real moving objects.  We will also activities looking at the physics of human-computer interactions including new and interesting ways to play games."

Admission to the museum is free and the museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


The day has arrived!  It is March 1 and the new exhibit is open.  Be the first one to visit and learn about MAPS and Montgomery County history - what a fun family adventure!
Compass Rose

United States map