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February 28, 2017

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March 31, 2017

Dr. Blackburn to Keynote at Astronaut Fundraiser

TITUSVILLE — Dr. Desmond K. Blackburn, PhD, Superintendent for Brevard School Board, will give the keynote address at the April 20 "Reach for the Stars Reception," co-hosted by the American Space Museum and the Planetarium at Eastern Florida State College. The event will be held at the planetarium in Cocoa, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will serve as the annual Astronaut fundraiser for the American Space Museum (formerly the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum). Tickets are $125 per person.

"Having Dr. Blackburn speak is just perfect for the educational theme of the evening," said museum Board Chairman Richard Beagley. "There is a real synergy in what the schools are trying to achieve and what we are forging with our new STEAM Space program and makerspace."

The evening will feature heavy appetizers courtesy of Green Turtle catering, complimentary wine and beer, about a dozen astronauts from the Apollo and Shuttle eras, a live auction (overseen by the irrepressible Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey), a silent auction, and the first-ever "Reach for the Stars" Award ceremony, honoring Allison Schroeder, Melbourne High School grad and screenwriter for the hit film "Hidden Figures," and Charles Mars, former NASA manager and long-time President of the American Space Museum.

These etched crystal "Reach for the Stars" awards will honor screenwriter Allison Schroeder
and former NASA Manager and museum leader Charles Mars on April 20.

The Titusville museum (formerly known as the U.S. Walk of Fame Museum) initiated the award as an effort to annually recognize up to two current or former Space Coast residents who have promoted and supported the space program and/or STEM/STEAM education.

The reception committee includes such well-known Brevard community leaders as Dani Clevens, Darcia Jones Francey, Rita Moreno, Polly Molnar and Delores Spearman.

"We are just so honored to have these folks supporting our efforts and guiding this important event," said Museum Executive Director Tara Dixon Engel. "2017 will be a huge year for us, as we ramp up our educational offerings and begin active partnerships with Computers Advancing Education, Inc. and the Space Coast Fab Lab. We are excited about the potential for inspiring and motivating a new generation of dreamers and doers, even as we continue to develop new ways to celebrate and preserve the past."

Corporate sponsors for the event include Jacobs Engineering, Orbital ATK, Delaware North, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Eastern Florida State College, as well as Space Coast Fab Lab and Computers Advancing Education. Attendance is limited to 200 and new reservations are pouring in daily, said the Executive Director. To secure your reservation, call 321-264-0434 or go to

March 7, 2017


Join us on April 20, 2017 for the Reach for the Stars Reception, hosted by The American Space Museum & The Planetarium at Eastern Florida State College

Where: The Planetarium & Observatory at Eastern Florida State College — 1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922 (Take Clearlake to Rosetine (7-11 on corner). R on Rosetine until you see Planetarium sign; R onto campus; follow road to planetarium)

When: Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary wine and beer.

What: Heavy appetizers from Green Turtle Catering. NASA astronauts & VIPs. Silent & live auctions, displays, and Planetarium shows, as well as door prizes and special presentations!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Desmond Blackburn, Brevard County Superintendent of Schools

Guest Auctioneer: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Featuring 1st Annual "Reach for the Stars" Award to be presented to Allison Schroeder (screen writer for "Hidden Figures") & Charlie Mars (for his years of service to the Museum and Monuments)

Why: Money will support the STEAM Space educational programs & the museum collections
How Much: $125 per person
Dress: Business, casual or cocktail attire
Make checks payable to: American Space Museum 308 Pine St. Titusville, FL 32976
Call 321-264-0434 to pay via credit card, or click here to pay by Paypal or credit card.
Invitations will be going out next week, but if you would like to attend and do not receive an invitation, please sign up by calling or by clicking on the link above to reserve your spot at this prestigious gathering.

February 28, 2017

Hidden Figures Screenwriter To Be Honored At Museum Reception

TITUSVILLE - Allison Schroeder, screenwriter for the hit film "Hidden Figures," will be the recipient of the first-ever "Reach for the Stars" Award when the American Space Museum holds its Reach for the Stars Reception on April 20, 2017.

The Titusville museum (formerly known as the U.S. Walk of Fame Museum) is initiating the award as an annual effort to recognize up to two current or former Space Coast residents who have promoted and supported the space program and/or STEM/STEAM education. Also being honored at the event is long-time museum official and former NASA employee, Charles Mars.

The museum is partnering with Eastern Florida State College by holding the event at the EFSC Planetarium in Cocoa. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature astronauts and local VIPs, as well as displays relating to the museum's STEAM Space program, a silent and live auction led by Sheriff Wayne Ivey, planetarium shows and, of course, the awards ceremony. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be supplied by the Green Turtle Market in Melbourne and complimentary wine and beer will be provided. Tickets are $125 each.

Allison Schroeder said that she is honored to be recognized by the museum. "Growing up on the Space Coast, NASA was a part of my childhood. My grandparents worked there, and when I was in high school, I took part in NASA's NURTURE program," she said. "From learning binary coding to how to make a circuit board, STEM was always a part of my life. But when I moved away to college, I realized that wasn't true for many students, especially girls and minorities. I truly hope Hidden Figures inspires the next generation of STEM students, showing them that no matter one's race or gender, they can 'reach for the stars.'"

"When our committee discussed the award recipients for this new initiative, Allison's name was front and center," said Tara Dixon Engel, Executive Director. "Her powerful screenplay for Hidden Figures tells a previously untold story about the role of women and minorities in the success of the space program. That should inspire young people from all walks of life.

And, of course, we also wanted to spotlight the dedication of our former President and current board member, Charlie Mars. Charlie maintained and grew this museum through sheer force of will. His devotion to preserving space history and honoring the men and women with whom he worked is inspiring."

Sponsors for the event include Jacobs Engineering, Orbital ATK, Delaware North, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Eastern Florida State College. Dixon Engel noted that space is limited to 200 guests, and invitations will be mailed soon. Anyone who does not receive an invitation but would like to attend can contact the museum at 321-264-0434 or For more information, go to:

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