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Mon June 3, 2013
Unique Teaching Tool Found at High Plains Museum
If you google the galaxy planetary system made by The Thomas Kane & Company, you won't find it. You will find information about their manufacture of blackboards, furniture, and maps, but not this interesting little galaxy gizmo made in 1881. However, the one place you can see and learn about it is at the High Plains Museum in Goodland, Kansas.
This object helped teachers, typically in a one-room or rural schoolhouse, give students an understanding of where to find constellations in the night sky. Instructors would place the coordinates into the apparatus, which then provided the approximate celestial location of the stars.
You can learn more about the High Plains Museum and this unique doodad at: highplainsmuseum.org.