October 1892 October 4, 1892, at Yerkes' office on 444 North Clark Street, Hale presents Yerkes with the opportunity to finance the building of the World’s Largest Telescope.Yerkes is informed of the recognition that James Lick received in founding the Lick Observatory and views the available disks as an opportunity to create a lasting legacy. Ownership was transferred to the non-profit Yerkes Future Foundation … We will continue to work with interested parties to facilitate the attainment of these goals. Dianna Colman of the Yerkes Future Foundation says the group is launching a big fundraising campaign to … “We are a small, community-focused foundation,” said YFF Chairwoman Dianna Colman, “but our ambitions for Yerkes are not only local and regional, but national and international. As part of the transfer, scheduled for May 1, the University is donating to YFF the historic observatory campus, which includes the observatory building including the large telescopes, and other property on the site. WILLIAMS BAY — A private foundation dedicated to resurrecting Yerkes Observatory says the group could reopen Yerkes to the general public as soon as this summer. A group of residents of the Lake Geneva area of Wisconsin, which is home to UChicago’s moribund Yerkes Observatory, has stepped forward with a proposal to save Yerkes that they say the University has expressed interest in.. About Yerkes Future Foundation & Yerkes Observatory. More than 300 people came to the public meeting in Williams Bay, with questions and comments from about 30 individuals and 42 written comment cards. Ditto for the chairman of the physics department at Northern Illinois University which is not far from Yerkes Observatory. I've been in contact with the head of the local community's Yerkes Future Foundation. The Yerkes Future Foundation is the new owner of the observatory, and it is made up of local people who take great pride in the observatory, spokesman Dianna Colman said. The University of Chicago and the Yerkes Future Foundation (YFF) are pleased to announce an agreement … Yerkes Observatory new owners have restoration plan. Yerkes Future Foundation Inc. is a Educational Institutions and Related Activities organization that provides assistance in the form of Charitable Organization. A small group of Geneva Lake residents formed the Yerkes Future Foundation in 2018, shortly after the Universityâs announcement that it would seek a new long-term steward for the observatory. GLAS preserves the goals and mission of YEO, providing unique learning opportunities for both s Two organizations have asked to remain anonymous at this time. WILLIAMS BAY — Yerkes Future Foundation wants to grow its membership. Dividing the lakefront property into three single-family residences is intended to address those concerns while providing important benefits: Both the University and YFF extended thanks to the Village of Williams Bay for the community’s dedication to Yerkes and its special place in the history and future of the area. The UChicago representatives were Derek Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs, and Edward W. Kolb, Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences. It helps that the organization can now be forthright about engaging in talks with UChicago. Bruised by community rejection of a 2006 condo-and-hotel plan, the university is working with the Yerkes Future Foundation, a group of local residents seeking to preserve the building and picturesque grounds. The meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Williams Bay High School is located at 500 W. Geneva St., Williams Bay, Wis. UChicago representatives speak at village meeting in Williams Bay, Wis. Surprising Stuff The Yerkes Observatory is in trouble again. Speakers at that meeting expressed support for the observatory’s educational programs, along with concerns about the potential for high-density residential development on the site. Yerkes’s new owners have new plan July 4, 2020, 12:59 PM Dianna Colman of the Yerkes Future Foundation says the group is launching a big fundraising campaign to reopen the observatory, which closed to the public in 2018. Douglas said the views expressed at the meeting will be an important consideration as the University continues to evaluates proposals. Some of the educational programs previously offered at the observatory have moved to UChicago's campus in Chicago and a new local organization, Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM, has plans to operate some programs at a new location in Williams Bay, not affiliated with UChicago. Not long after the closure decision was announced, a group of local residents called the Yerkes Future Foundation stepped up to the plate. 'Today’s A Big Day': Wisconsin’s Yerkes Observatory Has New Ownership, Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. The mission of the Yerkes Future Foundation (âYFFâ) is to preserve and protect Yerkes Observatory, celebrate its history and continue to foster its goals of research, education and astronomical observation by providing the opportunity to engage to all. “We remain hopeful that a new long-term steward can continue to support the observatory and its legacy, in keeping with the community’s high regard for that history and the potential for education,” said Derek Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs at UChicago. In a proposal to Williams Bay city planners, the Yerkes Future Foundation is seeking a permit to restore and reactivate the historic scientific facility, which closed in 2018.