Originally set for this Memorial Day weekend, the official unveiling of a monument honoring Star Trek: Voyager’s Captain Kathryn Janeway has now been set for October 24, 2020.
Bloomington, Indiana honoring its future hero
Last year the Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective fan group launched a campaign to fund the construction of a monument to be placed in Bloomington, Indiana, the future birthplace of Captain Kathryn Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager. The campaign was successfully funded earlier this year with this weekend picked to unveil the monument. Working with the city of Bloomington, a spot on B-Line Trail, next to the WonderLab Museum in downtown Bloomington was chosen for the bronze bust.
In April the Bloomington Collective announced the unveiling had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This week – on Captain Janeway’s birthday – they announced the new date of October 24, 2020 has been set for the official unveiling. The Bloomington Collective is planning a weekend of Star Trek-themed activities around the unveiling and hopes to have some “VIP persons” in attendance.
Star Trek: Voyager established that Captain Kathryn Janeway was born in Bloomington, Indiana on May 20, 2336. Indiana was featured prominently in the episode “11:59,” where Voyager star Kate Mulgrew played her own ancestor Shannon O’Donnel in the year 2000.
For more information on the Janeway monument and upcoming event, visit janewaycollective.org.
More Star Trek hometowns
Bloomington isn’t the only town that celebrates a future Star Trek hometown hero. The town of Riverside, Iowa stakes the claim to be the future birthplace of Star Trek’s James T. Kirk. There is a commemorative marker and a statue to Kirk in the town, along with the annual TrekFest, which includes a parade and other Star Trek-themed events. Linlithgow, Scottland has embraced Star Trek’s Montgomery “Scotty” Scott as a future son. The Linlithgow Museum has an exhibit dedicated to the famed engineer of the original USS Enterprise. And the town of Vulcan, Alberta in Canada has embraced its name, including opening a “Trek Station” and honoring Leonard Nimoy with a bust of Mr. Spock.
Keep up with all the Star Trek events at TrekMovie.com.