The Union County Museum will conduct a display celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which occurred on July 20, 1969.

The exhibit will feature the collection of Galen Weakley, who was assigned to the Saturn/Apollo program in 1963 and worked at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for seven years. Weakley was there during the moon landing and was the first IBM Saturn/Apollo engineer and charter member of the launch team.

The display includes Kennedy Space Center patches, plaques received by Weakley for his service, photos, booklets, newspapers covering the moon landing and other artifacts.

Weakley passed away in 1995 in Cobden. His widow, Mary Ann Weakley of Cobden, loaned the items for the exhibit.

The exhibit will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and will run through the end of August.

The museum is located on South Appleknocker Street in downtown Cobden.

Operating hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and Friday afternoons by chance.

For more information, call 618-893-2865.

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