Welcome to the official Save Yerkes Observatory website
Mission Statement: #SAVEYERKES seeks a smooth, productive, and mutually beneficial transition of operations at Yerkes Observatory, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, from the University of Chicago to the Observatory. We look to to bring together the university, staff, community, and all stakeholders by promoting positive feedback and stories through the #saveyerkes platform. Concerned with upholding of the values of the Observatory and maintaining its link to the surrounding community, we have taken to social media to uphold these principals and values throughout the transition process.
The University of Chicago has announced plans to end its activities at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and formally cease on-site operations by Oct. 1, 2018. The purpose of this website is to bring awareness to the closing of Yerkes Observatory and advocate for the 77 acre property to be turned over to another 501c3, another university or consortium of universities or the State of Wisconsin and continue to be used as a place education in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
This is a time where members of the Geneva lake community and residents of Wisconsin can help preserve this 120+ year historic site.
Please show your support by signing the petition at:
***Please note - this is an independently operated website that supports but has no affiliation with Yerkes Observatory or the University of Chicago.
We have "Save Yerkes Observatory" sticker packs for sale. All proceeds will go to shipping, making more stickers and raising awareness...maybe some t-shirts ;)
For questions please email us