Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Where did Eclipse Visitors Come From?



The Eclipse was a big event for the college. It brought in more than 3,000 people from all over the globe. Dr. Faulkner put together this list. At the end you will find yet another letter from visitors who expressed gratitude for the event.

Canada
China
Dominican Republic
England                                            
France                                              
India
Italy                                                 
Scotland
Spain

United States
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland                                         
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
New Jersey
New York  
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania                                    
South Carolina
Texas                                                
Vermont                                           
Virginia
Washington D.C.                              

Dear Dr. Faulkner,
Thank you for making your campus an eclipse watching location. I drove to Tennessee from Gettysburg, PA with my husband and adult daughter. We planned our eclipse adventure based on the information you submitted to the American Astronomical Society website. We arrived on your campus at 6:30 am and stayed until 2:00 pm. The security guard at the entrance gave us such a warm welcome that we knew we had come to the right place for this "once in a lifetime" adventure. 


Every volunteer was informative, helpful, friendly, and seemed to share our excitement. We loved your welcoming remarks, the lectures on history and math of eclipses, the shared telescopes, the maps, restrooms, and the way your campus made it an affordable day for everyone. 

My most memorable time was sitting on the library lawn listening to a NASA specialist and a science teacher narrate the eclipse by conversing with each other. When they told the crowd to remove their glasses to witness totality, the communal gasp of wonder was exhilarating! Your staff gave us an amazing day. Please share my gratitude with the people that worked so diligently to make August 21, 2017 truly meaningful. Bravo to Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee!
Sincerely, Eileen Mathias

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