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ASEM in the News

Over the years ASEM and our home at Broemmelsiek Park have made headlines on TV and print.  This page is a record of those stories.

ASEM wins Mo Parks & Rec "Citation" award featured in St Charles County Parks eNewsletter "Active by Nature" May/June 2021 :   

A heartfelt thank you and congratulations goes out to the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) for winning the 2021 Missouri Park and Recreation Association (MPRA) Organization Citation Award. Members of the club recently were presented with the award during a surprise presentation at the Astronomy Viewing Area at Broemmelsiek Park in Wentzville.  

This prestigious award recognizes the ASEM group for their dedicated service to the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department for nearly 14 years. These knowledgeable and passionate men and women have generously donated more than 6,000 hours of their time and talent hosting special events and regular programs throughout the year. 

Every week, on clear Friday nights, park-goers will find these skillful volunteers hosting Friday Night Stargazing events at the Astronomy Viewing Area at Broemmelsiek Park. With the help of these committed volunteers, guests of all ages discover the stars, planets, and the beauty of the solar system through complex telescopes at these awe-inspiring events in the park

In 2020, the ASEM took their volunteerism one step further and graciously donated and installed the largest public-viewing telescope in Missouri at the Astronomy Viewing Area. Because of this generous gift, visitors can now climb the ladder to the top of this massive 32" Dobsonian Telescope to view deep space objects that were once impossible to see in the night sky.

Thank you ASEM members! You are one of the Parks Department's most dedicated and giving volunteer organizations, and we are grateful for your ongoing support and committed service to the community.

CrossRoads Magazine feature (Autumn 2017) on Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy:  (click on each to enlarge for reading)

Dan Gray Interview on Fox 2 prior to the solar eclipse:

FOX 2 News did a PERSEID meteor shower report LIVE at 5PM from Broemmelsiek Park on August 12, 2015.
Very probably as a result, we had close to 1000 people show up off and on that night.

St. Charles County Parks Department has a nice thirty second video about or Friday Night Open Houses (FNOHS) on there site.  Take a minute and view the video here.  It was shot at a daytime event but you'll get the idea of what we do at night. 

Friday Night Open Houses highlighted in the online St. Charles Edition of the Suburban Journal--February 21, 2013 12:15

Russell Korando came out to the park one Friday night and followed it up with a great article the following week.  
You can find the article called "Friday night lights: amateur star gazers meet weekly at St. Charles County park" on the Stltoday.com site here.
Broemmelsiek Park on Channel 5 News--Nov. 9, 5-7 a.m.
KSDK News Channel 5 Meteorologist Scott Connell and his crew came to Broemmelsiek Park from 5 – 7 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9 to feature the Astronomy Viewing Area and Hayrides! See the video and pictures of the event.


Channel 5 at Broemmelsiek Park


Channel 5 at Broemmelsiek Park

Channel 2 Report: You Paid For It – St. Charles Telescopes Cost $465,000  Nov 6, 2012, 11:35 AM

Elliot Davis from Channel 2 did a You Paid For It segment questioning the construction of the Astronomy Area at Broemmelsiek Park.  You can view the story here.   ASEM strongly disagrees with Mr. Davis' conclusions and interviewing techniques.  The story neglects all information provided by Bettie Yahn-Kramer about the usage patterns, events sponsored, attendance numbers, and pictures as part of the interview. The most telling part of the report is that it is an astronomy area and he’s never been there at night.

January 21st Newstime (Wentzville and Lake St. Louis) about Broemmelsiek and ASEM  Jan 21, 2012, 3:14 PM

Our first appearance in the news was a January 21, 2012 Newstime article called Stargazing Observed Every Friday Night at Broemmelsiek Park.  Newstime is a Wentzville and Lake St. Louis community paper.  You can find a scanned copy of the article with a picture of Jim Twellman and his scope here.