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Space: The Final Frontier

September 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Whether in President John F. Kennedy’s “New Frontier” or Star Trek’s iconic opening monologue, the frontier metaphor has evoked strong reactions in ways that have been inspiring – and sometimes problematic. Join us as Dr. Margaret A. Weitekamp, chair of the space history department at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum explores the many connections between Westerns and spaceflight through some of her favorite objects: toys. What can we learn from a Buck Rogers XZ-31 Rocket Pistol from 1934? And how does that connect to a Buzz Lightyear that NASA flew in space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery?
Inspired by the Arizona Historical Society’s Tucson exhibit, “Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space,” Weitekamp will use this virtual presentation as a chance to link the collections in Washington, D.C., to the ones on view at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. This program was developed in partnership with staff from the Arizona Historical Society, a Smithsonian Affiliate.
Join us Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m. for this fun event! Use the Zoom link to register and tune in from the comfort of your home!


September 30, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm