Nettie Bullis was 76 years old at the time. For most of her lifetime, "space exploration" referred to the land out west. Six states were explored and officially became part of the United States during Nettie's lifetime: Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, and Hawaii. The idea that the space to be explored was "out there in the heavens" was new to many of us who remember that time.
Whether the space is out west, around the world, or simply "out there," the Bullis collection has some interesting books about those places. In fact, there are LOTS of books on getting acquainted with this planet we live on. There is only one book that covers the moon that Neil Armstrong walked on, and we think it's a very special book:
The Orbs Around Us:
A Series of Familiar Essays on the Moon and Planets,
Meteors and Comets, the Sun and coloured pairs of suns.
By Richard A. Proctor, published by Green and Co. London, 1872
So again, we extend to you a special invitation to stop by the Bullis Room and let us show you (and show off!) these great classic books.