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The Shafer Collection contains memorabilia of the United States space program. Exhibited are items relating to the Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 missions.

Apollo 8 was the first manned lunar orbital mission, lasting from December 21 through December 27, 1968. On their return, astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, Richard Anders received tributes on a six-city tour. On January 9, 1969, they received the Congressional Medal of Honor at the White House; on January 10th, they were hosted by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller at the Waldorf-Astoria, a reception attended by Shafer.

Earthrise, Christmas Day, 1968.

On the reverse of this framed photo are autographs of some present at the January 10th event, including Nelson and Happy Rockefeller, Astronauts Lovell, Borman and Anders, Cardinal Terence Cooke, and J.S. Wiggins

Commemorative medallion:
Front: 50 years of Alcoa research 1918-1968
Back: This medallion commemorating 50 years of research by the Aluminum Company of America contains aluminum from the Command Module of Apollo 8 Satutrn V Mission, the first manned moon orbit flight December 21-27, 1968

During the Apollo 11 mission, lasting from July 16 to July 24, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Triumphant returning astronauts Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins make a 45-day world tour, whose stops included an award dinner in Los Angeles on August 13, 1969, attended by Shafer.

Collection of Apollo 11 memorabilia, including an invitation to the August 13th dinner, a First Day Issue of the commemorative stamp, and an Apollo 11 patch.

This Apollo 11 Log Book is fastened to the back of a photograph of the Lunar Module.

Life, August 8, 1969.

Paperweight by Sandglo Studios, Cleveland, Ohio.

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