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Frewsburg Lions Club Celebrates 75 Years

Congratulations to the Frewsburg Lions Club for 75 years of service! The Martz-Kohl Observatory is very proud to be located in the hamlet of Frewsburg, in the Town of Carroll, New York and greatly appreciates support from the town, its businesses and other organizations. One of the Lions Club’s strategic objectives is to prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.

One emphasis of our association is observational astronomy, well-rooted in public education and enjoyment of the starry skies.We celebrate and are humbled by the inclusion of an image of our facility’s telescope domes on the 75th anniversary commemorative medal of the Frewsburg Lions Club. Thanks to the club and we hope to join you in many more years of service!

 Visitors Welcome!

The Martz-Kohl Observatory is happy to host groups, large or small! Scouts, school classes, civic organizations, clubs, and groups of family and friends are invited to experience the wonders of the night sky. Our mission is to inform, educate and inspire the general public and support teaching in the sciences of astronomy and physics. Groups can use our contact form to obtain more information. Use our event calendar to learn about lectures by educators, scientists, astronomy & space professionals, as well as observatory members — which are open to the public.

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Aurora of April 24, 2023. Image by member, Dave Wilkins of Warren, PA.

This summer, Martz-Kohl Observatory and Falconer Central Schools are thrilled to offer Chautauqua County students entering grades 6 through 9 a weeklong “launch into space” STEM camp experience. Students will learn about the history of space observations and explorations, build their own telescopes, learn how to use the 24″ telescope at the observatory, and build and launch model rockets. NOTE: applications are closed for this camp. Check back next year 🙂

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The Martz-Kohl Observatory is run by the Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association Inc. a not-for-profit voluntary group of people interested in astronomy. The observatory is located in Frewsburg, New York in Chautauqua County, not far from Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake.