"Greatest Generation" Exhibit
Opens with FREE Show on
Kansas Aviation History
Saturday, 2pm, Feb.18, 2012:
Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum
will hold a presentation of the show "Born Here: Kansas Aviation History", Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2pm -- free to the public -- as a way to introduce a new exhibit on the 1930s and 1940s.
The Museum is hosting a national traveling exhibit on "Our Lives, Our Stories: The Greatest Generation" --- those who survived the ravages of the Great Depression, rose to the challenges of World War II, and built the United States into the world's foremost military and economic power.
During those years, the Kansas aviation industry underwent an explosive growth, transitioning from a few hundred aircraft a year to producing hundreds of aircraft a week -- while more than a dozen military airbases sprouted up across the prairie to train thousands of combat pilots and aircrews. And tens of thousands of Kansans went to war -- many in warplanes built by their own families, friends and neighbors.
Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, the show is produced and presented by the chairman of the Kansas Aviation Centennial, aviation writer/historian
-- his last Wichita-scheduled performance.
Harris, a former aeronautics instructor, has flown a variety of vintage and Kansas aircraft, and worked throughout the industry. A writer for various aviation industry and history magazines, he has interviewed hundreds Kansas of aerospace industry professionals.
The popular show, first presented in here January to rave reviews --
a dynamic slide show and lecture
-- is rich with historic and action photos, nuggets of tantalizing Kansas aviation secrets, and all of the great, historic Kansas aviation legends -- from 1900 to the present -- that have shaped world aviation today.
The W/SC Museum, 200 S. Main St., is in the castle-like former Wichita City Hall, on Main Street, a block south of Douglas, across from the Wichita Public Library.
For those who would also like to tour the museum, and view the exhibits, general admission is $4 ($2 for kids ages 6-12, and free for younger kids). Doors open at 1p.m., and the museum is open until 5pm. Come early to find parking (The Women's Fair, at nearby Century II, is filling up the local parking; but a huge parking garage, behind the museum, is available for about $4-5.)
Come see the Kansas aviation story!
MORE... (KHC Kansas Aviation History show webpage)
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FOR MORE INFORMATION,
Kansas Aviation Centennial Committee
Richard Harris, Chariman,