Fun! We love having the world-famous Yerkes Observatory as neighbor and community partner. Einstein visited here, and brilliant astronomers like Edwin Hubble, Carl Sagan, and Nancy Grace Roman all conducted valuable research at Yerkes. It’s been rightly called “the birthplace of modern astrophysics.” Now, after three years of painstaking restoration, this landmark institution has reopened to the public—and to rave reviews.
We share Yerkes’ passion for celebrating curiosity, exploration, and bold ideas. Historians are also just now discovering and documenting the important role women played in the early work of the observatory. Please visit if you get a chance and take one of their marvelous tours. And, if you go in December, you might get to see the world’s tallest glass tree—a glassblowing extravaganza using donated recycled glass to create an extraordinary piece of community art.
Next summer, you might also get to enjoy other forms of artistic and scientific exploration in Williams Bay. The Grammy Award-winning ensemble called Eighth Blackbird is returning to Yerkes to host their Creative Lab at the Observatory, a two-week residency for young musicians. Yerkes is also emerging as a magnet for visiting professors and their astronomy interns. We are thrilled to be part of the creative community that’s taking shape in this corner of the world.