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Clay Center planetarium named for Caperton

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Tom Hindman Kathy Bush, chief development officer for the Clay Center, discusses a $14 million fundraising campaign in the center’s recently digitalized theater and planetarium, named in honor of former Gov. Gaston Caperton this week.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Tom Hindman
Kathy Bush, chief development officer for the Clay Center, discusses a $14 million fundraising campaign in the center’s recently digitalized theater and planetarium, named in honor of former Gov. Gaston Caperton this week.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Clay Center has renamed its giant screen film and planetarium theater the Governor Gaston Caperton Digital Dome in honor of the former governor who led a partnership that recently donated $1 million to the center’s Full STEAM Ahead Campaign to bring hands-on, high-impact educational exhibits and activities to West Virginia’s children and families.

The donation brings the Clay Center to within $2.5 million of a $14 million fundraising goal to pay for a complete redesign and transformation of the center’s Avampato Discovery Museum and to fund a newly created Exhibit Renewal Endowment to maintain and refresh future exhibits.

The Caperton Digital Dome, formerly known as the Electric Sky Theater and Planetarium, was recently digitalized…

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