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Streatorland Historical Society will dedicate a mural for Streator, Illinois native Clyde Tombaugh on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 2:00 pm in the 300 block of East Main Street, downtown Streator. The dedication is part of Streator’s Heritage Days celebration held from Friday, May 23rd through Monday, May 26th featuring a carnival, crafts, vendors, food and entertainment.
Local artist John Betken designed the mural as a tribute to Tombaugh’s accomplishments. The mural depicts early astronomers Tombaugh as a young stargazer on the family farm, his days at the Lowell Observatory where he discovered Pluto, and the New Horizons space mission currently on its voyage toward the planet Pluto.
Guest speakers from New Mexico, Annette Tombaugh-Sitze and Alden Tombaugh, (daughter and son of Clyde Tombaugh) will offer insight into their father’s life and discoveries. The public is encouraged to attend.