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.
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.