Anyone traveling through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recently may have seen an exhibit by the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum next to Baggage Carousel 1. The Museum has been given the use of two Community Group Windows there for three months beginning July 15. Tom Ahillen, Doug Bent, and Jack Abercrombie transported some of our exhibits to Lambert on the start date and began setting up the display, although several other people were involved in the planning of the layout and the selection of materials.
The display is a great opportunity for exposing the museum to potential visitors, so we wanted to make our display as eye-catching as possible. So we started with some of the TWA and Ozark stewardess outfits. Then we added samples of items from various areas of the museum’s holdings that would keep viewers interested. The total length of the display area is sixty feet, and the case extends about five feet deep behind the windows. Our items are arranged in generally chronological order from left to right.
We have received good feedback from the people on the airport Public Relations staff. Several visitors have come to the museum because they saw the exhibit, so it appears to be accomplishing our goal, too. This has been a learning experience, since we had not previously attempted a display of this size off-site for this kind of an audience. But the location and the impression given by the display appear to go together well.
Thanks especially to Doug Bent for helping setup and donating a mannequin, Joe Gutknecht for making the signs and helping with the layout, Jack Abercrombie for lending us the 1923 aviation map for display, our Curator Mike Burke and to all the others who aided getting this display together.