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At the top: A group of Middletown residents gathers to witness the groundbreaking for the Van Vleck Observatory on June 17, 1914. In the foreground, a man digs the first shovelful of earth. Vertical Files Photograph Collection, Box 38, Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library, Wesleyan University.