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Peoria Planetarium Expert Retires

He reached for the stars, now for retirement.
PEORIA - He's been a part of Peoria museums for 38 years, but now planetarium curator Sheldon Schafer is facing a new chapter; retirement.

Schafer previously worked at the Lakeview Museum and was a part of the transition into the Peoria Riverfront Museum. He played a key role in the planetarium alongside teaching astronomy at Bradley University. Schafer said he's looking forward to traveling in his spare time. Looking back on the decades, he mentioned one project that had a large impact on his career.

"We have the largest most complete large scale model of the solar system in the world, you know that's been a lot of fun creating those two models and those will carry on and draw visitors for years from around the country," Schafer said.

The Illinois Community Solar System Grand Re-opening is on February 8th. Schafer will continue to teach at Bradley and said he'll keep an eye on things at the museum as a volunteer.
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