First Friday: Suited for Space

Test pilots show off the flexibility of the lightweight Mark IV suits with a game of baseball.

Test pilots show off the flexibility of the lightweight Mark IV suits with a game of baseball. Courtesy of Goodrich Corporation/University of Akron Archives. 

Date: September 5, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

Ever wonder what happens to a space suit once it returns to Earth? Join us for a talk with the curator and conservator of our newest exhibition, Suited for Space.

Talks will take place at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m.

About the Speakers 

Cathleen Lewis is curator of International Space Programs and Spacesuits at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, where she specializes in Soviet and Russian programs. Lewis received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Russian and East European studies from Yale University and a PhD in history from George Washington University. Her current research is on the history of the public and popular culture of the Russian fascination with the idea of human spaceflight in the Soviet Union. 

Lisa Young is an objects conservator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. She received her degree from the University of Wales in object conservation and an undergraduate degree in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Mary Washington. She served as president of the Washington Conservation Guild in 2005–2007 and is a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation. She has spent the last decade researching the deterioration and preservation of space suits and related modern materials. She actively participates in all aspects of objects conservation at NASM and her research interests include conservation of polymers, modern metals, and public outreach.   

About Suited for Space

Discover the ingenuity and innovation behind the ultimate life-support system—the space suit. Suited for Space will be on display from May 19, 2014, to November 14, 2014. Suited for Space is developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The national exhibition tour is generously supported by DuPont. 

About First Fridays

CHF joins over 40 Old City museums, galleries, and shops in opening its doors from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for First Friday. Learn more about First Fridays in Philadelphia’s Old City Arts District.

First Fridays at CHF are always free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information about our First Friday programs, call 215.925.2222 or e-mail


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