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Von Del Chamberlain was born in Kanab, Utah on February 24, 1934.  Mr. Chamberlain's professional career focused on astronomymost notably, he worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. (1978-84), where he was chief of the education and presentations division at the National Air and Space Museum.  He then returned to his home state of Utah, becoming the director of the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City (1984-96).  After retiring from his duties at the Hansen Planetarium, Mr. Chamberlain taught classes at Utah Valley State College (1996-2004).  Mr. Chamberlain was appointed Scholar in Residence at Utah Valley State College in 1998, granting him the rank of Associate Professor.  

During his tenure at Utah Valley State College, Mr. Chamberlain taught a specialized class entitled "Astronomy in Our Lives".   He wrote his own text book for the course and drew upon his years of experience in the field of cultural astronomy to teach the class.  Cultural astronomy is a field of study that focuses upon the investigation of astronomy from cultures around the world past and present.  

This collection of photographs, slides and diagrams is gathered from Mr. Chamberlain's own personal photography, as well as imagery that he has collected during a lifetime of research.  It was digitized by the George Sutherland Archives at Utah Valley University in 2017-2018.  Many of these images were used in Mr. Chamberlain's classes and feature highlights of his own work and that of his colleagues in the field of cultural astronomy. Von Del Chamberlain is currently retired and living in Kanab, Utah where he continues to work on publishing articles and books in the field of cultural astronomy.  

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