To Advance & Diffuse the Knowledge of Physics: 100 Years of the American Physical Society (1999-2000), at Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC; College Park, MD; Gaithersburg, MD; New York, NY; , Saturday, March 20, 1999

APS Centennial exhibition crowds 1999

This major traveling exhibition showcased archival documents, photos, and artifacts as it told the story of the history of 20th century physics, the American Physical Society, and the dynamic relationship of APS and its journals to American culture and politics. 

Under the Sun: An Outdoor Exhibition of Light (1998-1999), at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY, 1998; the Smithsonian Institution’s Enid A. Haupt Garden on the National Mall, Washington, DC, 1999, Sunday, June 21, 1998

A traveling exhibition that explored how designers, planners, architects, artists, and scientists harness solar energy in order to save, expand, and extend energy resources.  Central to the exhibition was a solar-powered tensile pavilion that not only collected energy and provided shade, but also served as the gnomon of a magnificent sundial marked on the lawn.  Visitors could pace the hours and seasons, and walk through time as they explored this sundial.  They were invited to compare solar time and clock time in another featured element: a sundial set in the midst of a circle of twelve …

The Universe in Your Hands: Early Tools of Astronomy (1995 and ongoing), at Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL, Tuesday, March 21, 1995

A new, permanent installation of artifacts from the History of Astronomy Collection intended to afford wide access to the scientific and cultural contexts of the artifacts.  This interactive, hands-on exhibition explores the lives and knowledge of European and Islamic astronomers of the Middle Ages.  Interpretive elements include evocative tableaux placing artifacts in historical settings; participatory stations offering the visitor an opportunity to use replica instruments; study bays affording in depth treatment of persons or concepts of special historical interest; video programs …

Seeing the Universe (1990-1999), at Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL, Tuesday, March 20, 1990

A permanent exhibit comparing astronomical observatories of the late 19th and late 20th centuries.  Features a mock-up of the Dearborn Observatory, Chicago, ca. 1880, with its original refracting telescope (once the world's largest), side-by-side with a modern, working, observing station capable of operating the ARC telescope on Apache Point, New Mexico.  With a hands-on telescope micrometer and interactive video.


On Time (1999-2006), at National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

This permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution explored the social and technological impact of timekeeping on American life from the colonial period to the present day.  Clocks and watches were viewed as mirrors and agents of cultural change.  The exhibition  examined the economic and social factors that gave clocks primacy over  sundials; explored the conflicts between personal and public time; and investigated the colonization of time. 

Schechner was a researcher assisting Smithsonian curator, Carlene Stephens.