(l-r) Katie Osman, Chamber Ambassador and Flagstar Bank; Ella Sharp Museum President Dan Machnik, managing partner, Willis & Machnik; Ella Sharp Museum Director of Learning & Engagement Katie Gigliotti; Hurst Foundation President Anthony Hurst; Ella Sharp Museum Executive Director Diane Gutenkauf; Planetarium Operator Austin Edminster; and Mollie Bolton, Edward Jones, and a Jackson County Chamber director at large and ambassador.

Photo by Mary Steinmetz

The Ella Sharp Museum held a ribbon cutting for the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium on Jan. 17 to celebrate the 50th anniversary and recent updates. In 2018, the Hurst Foundation awarded the museum a grant of $60,000 to support the expansion of the planetarium, resulting in new seating and physical plant upgrades that have helped broadened astronomy events and education.


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