Boswell Observatory, built in 1883, was named for Charles Boswell of Connecticut, whose stepson taught at Doane. He was also a close friend of Doane’s first president, David Brainerd Perry. He donated $5,000 for the building and astronomy equipment, which included an eight-inch equatorial telescope and a meridian transit used by college founder and civil railroad engineer Thomas Doane. The observatory is believed to be the first weather service headquarters in Nebraska. It has been altered several times, including following a fire in 1930. The observatory now serves as a mini-museum for historical equipment, as well as for sky viewing with the restored original telescope. It also houses the Doane Family Association archives.
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