May 11th, 2022


Wednesday 11th May, 2022

 Waterloo Grout Museum and Planetarium

Planetarium Renovation and Capabilities


Our guide will be Billie Bailey. She will show the $200,000 renovation of the 65-year-old planetarium in the Grout Museum District. With the touch of an iPad, a new state-of-the-art projection system will transport audiences to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars or any planet, galaxy or star. The audience can travel backward and forward in time. You can be deep in the ancient Mayan jungle, view the Christmas night

sky – the possibilities are endless – and all in amazing detail.

It is an immersive experience that aims to educate, engage and entertain visitors.

New elements include comfortable seating, 4k projector, upgraded lighting, electrical, sound system  and carpet. Most of the work was completed by Bowen Technologies of Indianapolis.

The map below indicates where you enter the building, where to park and where overflow parking are  located. 

Other topics planned for this season:


  June 2022, Glass Tech Tour and Presentation

  July 2022, Mid American Renewable Energy

August 2022, Tall Grass Prairie

September 2022, Tandem Insulin Pump

October 2022, Logistics of Food Bank with Tour

November 2022, Iowa National Guard

Program Chair: Dave Allbaugh 

Guide: Billie Bailey

Dinner Reservations are made via email:

Please make reservations by noon, Monday May 9th, 2022. Guests are always welcome.

You are welcome to make a reservation for dinner or just come to the presentation. A program-only reservation is appreciated for a head count.

Meal: Dinner includes coffee, tea and milk. 

The Lifestyle Inn requests that we collect cash for the meal and not checks. “Cash Please” ☺ 

Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions so that we can provide an alternative for you.


We will meet at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum of History and  Science, 503 South Street, Waterloo, IA.  

6:00 – 6:30 Social time with beer/wine cash bar 

6:30 – 7:15 Self-serve buffet dinner 

7:15 – 7:30 Business meeting with comments by our host, Dave Allbaugh, about Grout  projects 

7:30 – 8:00 First planetarium show, museum tour

8:00 – 8:30 Second planetarium show, museum tour 

8:30 – 9:00 Third planetarium show if needed 

9:00 Doors close 

Dues: Member dues of $20 may be sent to the Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (phone 319-277-2312) or pay at the meeting.  email:

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.