Meet Author Dava Sobel Event Schedule
December 2018 — Annie Jump Cannon Birthday Celebration
Barnes & Noble In Salisbury Maryland
Lewes Public Library
Old State House
Dover Public Library
Hockessin BookShelf Book Store
Annie Jump Cannon House
Lewes Public Library
Panel with Cannon Scholars Old State House
Meet & Greet
Annie Jump Cannon House
Conference NOTICE - November 30, 2018
ALL local and regional press are invited to a press conference to interview DAVA SOBEL, NY Times Best Selling Author of THE GLASS UNIVERSE.
Location: State Street Inn 228 N. State Street Dover DE 19901
DATE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018
TIME: 6:oo PM
Meet and Greet immediately following AT 6:30 of the greater community committee which is sponsoring this program. Welcoming remarks by Wesley College President Clark, Dover Mayor Christiansen and Mary Mason, President, Friends of Old Dover.
ALL REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE RECEPTION.
The full schedule of events in the city and throughout the state is listed below and press are welcome to attend. Photo opportunity for Mayor’s Award Ceremony for Annie Jump Cannon Essay contest is at Old State House at 9:00 AM on December 8. All events are free and open to the public.
A Multi-Day Celebration in Dover, Lewes, & Wilmington Delaware and Salisbury, Maryland
Dava Sobel is taking in the Maryland and Delaware parts of the Delmarva Peninsula to help Dover celebrate one of its most revered daughters, Annie Jump Cannon. Be sure to check out the full schedule to learn about one of Delaware’s most famous women whose house was recently placed on the National Historic Register. Learn about her amazing history and the lasting work Annie and the other Ladies of Harvard accomplished while at Harvard. They have been basically an unsung group of women who studied the stars but thanks to Dava’s work, they are enjoying the full light of day in this well researched book.
Here’s what’s being planned:
Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen essay contest about Annie for all students from 4th - 12th grades in the Capital and Caesar. The Friends of Old Dover are also helping in this effort.
The Mayor’s contest closed on November 9. Entries have been judged and press release is in full on right side of this page.
Mayor’s Award Winners Ceremony will be held at the Old State House on Saturday December 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM - All students who enter will receive a certificate. Winners will be offered the opportunity to read their winning essays. The event is free and open to the public. Photo ops are from 9-9:30 approximately as State House opens at 9.
After awards ceremony, Sobel will give a short talk with Q&A period. Booksigning afterwards.
A panel featuring Dava Sobel and moderated by Wesley College Cannon Scholars
Friday Evening December 7 at 6:30 PM Hosted by The State of Delaware at the Old State House
Followed by a booksigning. The event is free and open to the public.
Book Signing in Delaware’s three counties and also one in Salisbury Maryland
Dover Public Library - December 8 - 1:30 PM - 3:30. Dover Public Library will be hosting an event for the public and all librarians throughout the State of Delaware to learn about Annie. and her family’s contributions to Delaware history. This is open for the public and all librarians throughout the State of Delaware are invited to attend.
Barnes and Noble in north Salisbury will be hosting a book signing December 6 at 1 PM and will be including The Glass Universe in their regional display throughout the holiday season. Signed books will be available until the supply runs out. Copies of Galielo’s Daughter and Longitude will also be available for signing.
Hockessin BookShelf is hosting an evening with the author December 8 from 6:30 - 8:30.
Parke Green Galleries will be handling advance book sales. If multiple books are pre-ordered, signing instructions can be obtained to save you time the day of your chosen event. Taylor Collins is the contact at 302.674.1787. Purchase Book here.
WBOC has offered a slot on Delmarva Life - December 6. Be sure to watch.
Sunday December 9, 2018 - 1:30 PM
Tribute at Cannon gravesite located at Lakeside Cemetery in Dover Delaware
Musical Selection — Jan Crumpley
Laying of Flowers & Stars on Annie’s grave.
Sunday December 9, 2018 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Meet Annie Jump Cannon as interpreted by Linda Chatfield. She will have a short talk and be available during her party to answer your questions.
Meet and greet Dava Sobel. She will be available to sign books.
Meet essay winners of the Mayor’s essay contest and also the Cannon Scholars of Wesley College.
Have a mini-tour of the public level of the Cannon House at 34 S. State Street, hosted by President and Mrs. Robert Clark. Annie’s personal desk is on display and you will see the music room where she spent so many happy days. Please note: There is no access to the cupola where she first saw the stars with her Mother. The white marble mantel mentioned in The Glass Universe is in the Women’s Parlor as you enter the home.
Pending VENUE CHANGE Linda Chatfield will also be appearing at the Delaware Historical Society from 2 - 4PM for the Annie Birthday celebration planned for New Castle county children. PLEASE NOTE: The VENUE FOR LINDA”S Appearance will be DECEMBER 8 at DOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY from 2 - 4 PM.
Birthday cake will be enjoyed by all. And of course, there will be flowers and stars for all who wish to lay them on Annie’s gravesite located in Dover as well. For those wishing to a arrange advance interviews or interviews during visits, please contact Taylor 302.674.1787.
New York Times Best Selling Author Featured at Several December Events during 2018 Annie Jump Cannon Birthday Celebration
Books make the perfect holiday gift, too.
The Annie Jump Cannon Page on this site has quotes and a viewable complete schedule. If you wish to print out the schedule, please click below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2018
ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE MAYOR’S ESSAY CONTEST 2018
Theme: Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer: defying limitations and paving the way for women in science
Dover, Delaware - Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, in conjunction with the Friends of Old Dover, would like to congratulate the winners of the Mayor’s inaugural Essay Contest celebrating the life and work of one of Dover’s most famous residents: Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941). Classifying more than 300,000 stars while she worked at Harvard, she became known as the “Census Taker of the Sky,” and her classification system is still used in the field of astronomy today. The Mayor would also like to congratulate all students who entered the contest and thank teachers, parents, and administrators for their support.
The winners, selected by Head Judge Kari Ann Ebert, are:
· 4th-5th grade division: Patrick Devine (4th grade, Hartly Elementary School)
· 6th-8th grade division: Natalie Lewis (7th grade, Stonegate Academy)
· 9th -12th grade division: Alyssa Wilson (12th grade, Caesar Rodney High School)
· 4th -12th grade honorable mention: Noel Kim (6th grade, Fred Fifer III Middle School)
Winners will have the opportunity to read their winning essays at an awards ceremony on Saturday, December 8th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. but arrive by 9:00am for a photo op at the Old State House (25 the Green, Dover). They will receive their awards, and any student who submitted an essay will receive a certificate from the Mayor. Short remarks will also be given by visiting New York Times best-selling author Dava Sobel who wrote The Glass Universe about Annie and her associates. This event is free and open to the public.
In addition to the awards ceremony, several events have been scheduled to celebrate Annie Jump Cannon’s birthday. To learn more and download a printable schedule of the events (partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum), visit the program website at http://www.parkegreengalleries.com/anniejumpcannon/ or contact Project Director Taylor Collins at 302.674.1787.
The stars inspire those in the arts - words, music, dance, paintings. All things creative dancing in a midnight sky.
Poem by Taylor Collins read at Annie’s grave in the first birthday celebration celebrating her birth.
The birthday celebration at the house is a ticketed event due to limited space. It is suggested that tickets be purchased at your earliest convenience. This poster highlights Cannon’s early life in Dover, Delaware.
Annie’s Early Life
Cannon’s earliest Dover roots are explored in this convenient poster which can be used for informational or display purposes. If you desire a large scale poster quality, please click on the link for a high resolution graphic design quality file. Our “Census Taker of the Sky” first saw the stars with her Mother in her historic State Street home.
We are pleased to announce that the Delaware portion of this programming has been funded with a grant by Delaware Humanities to one of our partners in this event, Friends of Old Dover for this Annie Jump Cannon Birthday Celebration project. The DH’s Application Review Committee read the application carefully. They appreciate the importance of educating the public about Delaware’s own extraordinary astronomer, by celebrating the rich history and impact of women in the fields of S.T.E.A.M. Because of this, the staff of Delaware Humanities has chosen your event as the kick-off for our DEstination Space: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Grant initiative. We feel that your project encapsulates what the initiative is about and all three of its sub-themes; Annie’s story is one of an adventurer, who took risks and made mistakes, and combined art and science seamlessly.
We hope that others will apply for like projects they have in mind as endeavors are made to share Delaware’s rich history. We are especially delighted as STEM is expanding to STEAM as we in the arts know how important the arts are to develop a richer appreciation of our world as well as to develop the aesthetic and critical thinking skills required for children to develop a well-rounded education. We are truly excited to be the kick-off project for DEstination Space. Our deepest appreciation to Delaware Humanities.
We gratefully acknowledge The State Inn which will be hosting our meet and greet. They are conveniently located in central Dover in the historic district.
We look forward to a wonderful celebration and hope you can join us in this regional celebration of one piece of our rich Delaware/Delmarva history.
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History is story. Meet Annie in person and ask her what inspired her. What inner calling to explore time and space in the great silence of a star-strewn sky inspired her?
Linda Chatfield as Annie. .