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The History of Aviation

Saturday, March 21, 2009 to Saturday, May 23, 2009


Fly Now!
3.21 to 4.25.09

Fly Now! will offer  a fascinating traveling exhibit from ExhibitsUSA featuring high quality reproductions of aviation posters from the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum collection. The posters date from 1860 to the present, encompassing a spectrum of countries and styles. 

Heroes of the Sky
Adventures in Early Flight, 1903-1939
4.11 to 5.23.09

From the National Endowment for the Humanities comes Heroes of the Sky: Adventures in Early Flight, 1903-1939, celebrating the 100th anniversary of flight through stories of fliers, businessmen, and inventors from the first forty years of aviation.

Early Birds - The Birth of Aviation in Tompkins County
3.21 to 5.23.09

Containing some of the earliest aviation photographs in The History Center’s collections, Early Birds - The Birth of Aviation in Tompkins County, focuses mostly on Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation, that pioneer airplane factory from Brindley Street and South Hill that captured the attention of the world with such innovative bi-planes as the “Tommy” Scout and the MB-3. Thomas-Morse customers included the US Navy, the British Admiralty, and the US Army Signal Corps. This remarkable exhibit highlights the planes and the people, the triumphs and the setbacks that color the early history of flight in Tompkins County.

Fly Now and Heroes of the Sky: Adventures in Early Flight, 1903-1939, has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment of the Humanities, is brought to you by the Mid-America Arts Alliance and was organized by The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.



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