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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Outer Space ➔ Life Magazine, Roger B. Chaffee Archival Collection #6

Identifier:
E1999.1.104
Description:
This Life Magazine from February 3rd, 1967 features a cover story addressing a shuttle fire on January 27th that took the lives of astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Grand Rapids native Roger Caffee. The three pilots were completing a test launch in preparation for the Apollo 1 mission when an electrical fire broke out and engulfed the cabin, claiming the lives of all three men.
Date:
February 3 1967
Materials:
Paper
Dimensions:
13.5" h 10.5" w 0.25" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Source:
Gift Of Estate Of Ruth Herrick
Rights:

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Discovery Kit: Space Exploration (October 25 2019)
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Maker/Donor
Estate of Ruth Herrick
Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.