MAPS History Project

As the society’s historian and archivist I have been compiling a data base of information about the history of MAPS. This is an on-going pursuit, and I invite you to send any information or documents regarding MAPS history to me:

John T. Meader
Northern Stars Planetarium
Fairfield, ME 04937

MAPS NSTA Enrollment Plaque 1965

Presented to
Middle Atlantic
Planetarium Society
Upon enrollment as
An Affiliate
of the
Science Teachers
Association, NEA

Audio: James Orgren Planetarium Society Letter 1966

Enjoy the early history of MAPS in audio format

“Lost in Space: Now What” – Don Knapp, Margaret Noble Address

“Lost in Space: Now What” – Don Knapp, Margaret Noble Address presentation at the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society’s 2013 Conference. Includes an introduction by Patty Seaton.

MAPS Recognized by NSTA

MAPS recently responded to the National Science Teachers’ Association call for financial support from its affiliate organizations in their effort to complete the new John Glenn Center for Science Education in Washington, D.C.

MAPS History

The organization came into formal existence on Saturday, May 22, 1965, during a meeting of planetarium educators held in the Earth and Space Science Laboratory of Frederick County, Frederick, Maryland.

The original objectives of the society were described as follows:

MAPS History Data Base

The following two .pdf files are the present state of the data I’ve been collecting. Please peruse these two documents and feel free to send additions and corrections. All the information provided here has been gleaned from past issues of the Constellation, documents in the archives, and personal contacts from members. There are also fields that will let you know what documents we have in the archives. For example, you may see that we are missing certain issues of “The Constellation”, if you have any of the missing issues we would love to have copies. I will update these documents as new information and documents become available.
MAPS History Data Base 1965-1985
MAPS History Data Base 1986-2006
MAPS History Data Base 2007-2015

MAPS Oral History Project

In 1999 I began a project at the meeting in Lancaster, PA. That year I started interviewing MAPS members, collecting the history, stories and anecdotes of our organization. I interviewed Charlie Walker, Sam Storch, Tom Stec, Laura Deines (Meader), and Norm Dean. I am interested in interviewing more people. I enjoy the process and I coordinate this effor from my home in Maine. I don’t travel our territory as much as I would like, so this is where you can get involved and help out.