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Sundial 346
State/Province:  Michigan Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   42° 14' N Longitude:   83° 42' W
Location:
  • Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Serzer Observatory, in front of Historic Sherzer hall
 
Description:
  • The original horizontal dial and gnomon of 1909 was cast aluminum, very rare for a turn of the century dial, and have been assigned a safe place in history in the EMU archives. The new sundial face is weathered brass and copper. The sundial is being replaced on campus after a 30 year absence and recent rediscovery. The granite face of the sundial plinth under the metal base has directional lines indicating major cities in Michigan, Ohio, and around the United States. The original 1908 granite pedestal about 4 ft. high is still used.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Eastern Michigan University
  • (Front) Eastern Michigan University - 1849-1999
    (Back) Presented by the Class of 1908
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  • Construction Date: 1909, rededicated 1999