“The database will be a cataloging of the museum’s entire collection and library,” said Mark Badasch, the museum’s Director. ”This will lead to better preservation of artifacts, greater availability to the public as well as, eventually, online browsing of the collection.” The management of the records associated with thousands of artifacts and many more historic documents and media items is a daunting task. “Having the information on each item at your fingertips is essential for managing the collection and fulfilling our public education mission,” added Carmelo Turdo, museum 2nd Vice President. “Implementing this system will be challenging,” Turdo continued, “but I am looking forward to learning a lot more about the collection as we proceed through the installation process.”
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum wishes to thank Ameren Illinois for providing the grant needed for this important project. Members of the community are invited to visit and lend their talents to continuing the mission of the museum:
Serve the public through preservation and display of historic air and space artifacts and by providing educational programs to foster the spirit of flight in today’s youth and in future generations.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum will unveil on Monday the restored McDonnell Aircraft factory cart used by company Board Chairman and CEO James S. McDonnell to drive President John F. Kennedy around during his visit in 1962. The cart will be dedicated May 6 at a ceremony held at the Museum, located at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport. It has been a part of the Museum collection for over 20 years, and has been on display there and at the St. Louis Science Center. The cart was caught in the floods of 1993 when the Museum was located at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, and was later cleaned and again displayed. The 2013 comprehensive restoration, funded by the Boeing Employees Community Fund, was completed by North Town Auto Body in Collinsville, IL along with: tires, tubes and battery from Master Auto Care; battery cables from O’Reilly Auto Parts; keys from Village Locksmith in Collinsville, IL. The Museum thanks everyone involved in the restoration process, including Museum members Trent Duff, Doug Bent, and Rick Rehg for leading this project.
For news coverage of the cart, please visit http://fox2now.com/2013/05/03/golf-cart-used-by-jfk-to-tour-mcdonnell-douglas-to-go-on-display/ and