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Robert Pearlman
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Charles E. Schumer release
Schumer: Herkimer County Leaders are Pursuing a Memorial to Honor the Life of Astronaut Gregory Jarvis, a Local Hero Who Tragically Lost His Life 32 Years Ago Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger

Schumer Is Calling On NASA To Help Make Project A Reality By Working Side-By-Side With Local Planners & Sharing Memorabilia, Artifacts, And Other Official NASA Insignia That Could Be Showcased Locally

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today urged the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to work with Herkimer County officials to establish a permanent memorial honoring Challenger Astronaut Gregory Jarvis to be displayed in Herkimer County. Gregory Jarvis, who was raised in Herkimer County, was a payload specialist who tragically lost his life on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch. Schumer is calling on NASA to do everything possible to help local officials continue to honor Mr. Jarvis' legacy, especially in his home community.

"Astronaut Gregory Jarvis exemplified the best America has to offer and taught us to always reach for the stars. He is worthy of an effort to help continue to preserve his legacy for generations to come and I commend Herkimer County leaders for spearheading this important project," said Senator Schumer. "Mr. Jarvis was a hero close to the hearts of many in this community, and his instrumental role in advancing the scientific and space exploration efforts of NASA should be permanently enshrined right here in Herkimer County. That is why I am calling on NASA to continue to work side-by-side with local planners, lends its expertise and share artifacts to help make this project."

"This is the best gift we could have asked for. We're thrilled with Senator Schumer's support of Herkimer County youth in their request to acquire artifacts from NASA for the Memorial of Astronaut Greg Jarvis," said Herkimer County Legislator John L. Brezinski

Schumer wrote to Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa officially requesting the help of NASA in the planning and establishment of a memorial honoring Mr. Jarvis. To show the community's enthusiasm for the project, Schumer highlighted an event last year where local students, community leaders, and public officials signed and unveiled a scroll requesting NASA's assistance in creating a permanent display. While the size and style is yet to be determined, local planners are hoping to include artifacts from both his early life in Herkimer County and his career with NASA. Schumer added that NASA's assistance is critical in order for the memorial to most accurately honor Mr. Jarvis' legacy in his hometown.

Schumer concluded that "Herkimer County wants to encourage their youth to look to the future with excitement and believe that no dream is too big. There is no better role model to do so than Astronaut Gregory Jarvis."

A copy of Schumer's letter is below:

I write to request the help of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in establishing a memorial honoring Challenger Astronaut Gregory Jarvis to be located in Herkimer County, New York. Local officials are seeking to create a memorial for Mr. Jarvis, who was raised in Herkimer County, and are hoping to include official NASA artifacts and memorabilia in order to properly honor his legacy. Such support will enable Herkimer County to commemorate the life of this public servant and inspire future generations to pursue their dreams.

As you know, Astronaut Gregory Jarvis was a payload specialist who tragically lost his life along with seven other astronauts on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after its launch. Mr. Jarvis spent most of his childhood in the town of Mohawk in Herkimer County and graduated from Mohawk High School in 1962. After acquiring a bachelors and master's degree, Astronaut Jarvis embarked on a second advanced degree through which he aspired to be the first person to get a college degree in space – a feat he was awarded posthumously – and served active duty in the United States Air Force. His legacy continues to inspire children in Herkimer County where the middle school he once attended now bears his name.

The effort to further honor Mr. Jarvis with a memorial was inspired by NASA's visit to Gregory Jarvis Middle School in Mohawk in the spring of 2016. Dignitaries from NASA visited local schools and spoke passionately about NASA's role in the journey to Mars and the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In conjunction with the visit, an art contest titled "Journey to Mars – My Trip to Space," was held across county schools and Astronaut Lee Morin addressed the county legislature. A year later in May 2017, local officials and students added their signatures to a scroll supporting a memorial for Astronaut Jarvis, officially launching their effort to make this project a reality.

Specifically, officials and students are looking to create a permanent, secure display open to the public. The size and style is to be determined, but officials hope to include artifacts from both his early life in Herkimer County and his career with NASA. Potential artifacts could include, but are not limited to, flight suits, helmets, gloves, patches, pictures of missions and copies of awards/recognitions. It is my hope NASA will work with the County to deliver some of these requests and continue to honor this local and national hero.

Herkimer County wants to encourage their youth to look to the future with excitement and believe that no dream is too big. There is no better role model to do so than Astronaut Gregory Jarvis. The entire community is enthusiastic about this project and are eager to bring it to fruition.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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I would think that some or most of the artifacts they're looking for would be with either Jarvis' family or his employer — or possibly his potential crewmates (as in the 51G, 51I and 61C crews).

NASA is not necessarily the best place to ask. A New Jersey museum asked for artifacts related to Greg Linteris, and received an astronaut jacket. Problem is, not only is it a Challenger-era jacket (the one with the ribbing on the shoulders), but the STS-83 and 94 patches are two different sizes. So there is doubt that the jacket actually belonged to Linteris. The same museum has artifacts related to Mark Kelly, and there's no doubt: Those came from Kelly himself.

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A high school yearbook, opened to the page with his image, is prized among collectors; as well as a video recording of one of his lectures would be things I would look for in a memorial.

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Another source of artifacts/ephemera for a potential Jarvis memorial: We space collectors/enthusiasts. This is especially true of any hard-to-find or rare items like patches of the shuttle missions he would have flown, photos, press kits etc.

They could be gifts or on long-term loan. I know many of us have items that are prized but maybe will never see the light of day and shown to anyone else. It would make a nice and heartfelt gesture, especially if it comes from a fellow New Yorker.

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Jarvis was a graduate of the University of Buffalo. When he was launched aboard Challenger, he carried a large flag bearing the seal of his alma mater. The flag was displayed for a brief time at UB's Jarvis Hall, but according to this article it is now hidden away in the school's archives.

Perhaps this could be an appropriate venue to once again have the flag displayed where many more people can view it.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA will be sending some pieces of equipment that Gregory Jarvis previously used to be displayed in the Herkimer County memorial, Senator Chuck Schumer said on Friday (Oct. 19).
"About a year ago, officials and young students got together and they wanted NASA to send artifacts and memorabilia relating to Mr. Jarvis' life," Schumer said. "Today I can tell you that NASA has said 'Yes,' and they're going to send here to Herkimer County a whole bunch of artifacts and memorabilia that Greg used."

...Jarvis' widow has already sent a Flight 51-L commemoration plaque along with space flight medals and other artifacts.

NASA will soon be sending a Challenger flight suit, his name tag, mission patches, a Challenger era helmet and a replica of the Challenger, Schumer said.

Robert Pearlman
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Charles E. Schumer release
Astronaut Will Attend Unveiling of the Gregory Jarvis Memorial in Herkimer County

Permanent Memorial In Herkimer County Honoring The Life Of Astronaut, Payload Specialist & Herkimer Hero, Gregory Jarvis, To Open In May 2019

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today (April 26) announced that, following his push, NASA astronaut Stanley G. Love will be attending a celebration of the life of astronaut Gregory Jarvis in Herkimer County and the official unveiling of a memorial in his honor on May 3, 2019. Gregory Jarvis, who was raised in Herkimer County, was a payload specialist who tragically lost his life on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after launch.

Additionally, Schumer gave details on the equipment and memorabilia that NASA would be sending to Herkimer County to commemorate his life and legacy, including a shuttle era flight suit with Gregory Jarvis name tag and STS-51-L appropriate mission patches, a 1:100 scale shuttle model and a shuttle era Helmet. Schumer praised NASA and Herkimer County for their efforts to help inspire students of all ages to become part of the next generation of world-class American scientists by putting together such a fitting tribute astronaut Gregory Jarvis, an American hero of the highest order.

"Astronaut Gregory Jarvis exemplified the very best America has to offer and taught us to always reach for the stars; he is more than worthy of this memorial to help continue preserving his legacy for generations to come. I thank NASA for its generosity in sending artifacts from Mr. Jarvis's career and astronaut Stanley G. Love to the memorial's unveiling to help inspire students of all ages to become part of the next generation of great American scientists," said Senator Schumer. "Gregory Jarvis was a hero close to the hearts of many in this community, and I can think of no better place to recognize the role he played in advancing the scientific and space exploration efforts of NASA than right here in his home of Herkimer County.

"NASA astronaut Stanley Love is a veteran of the space shuttle, who traveled to the International Space Station and conducted two spacewalks – we are honored that he will be there to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Gregory Jarvis," added Schumer.

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