Early August Update

It’s been an unseasonably hot two months since AeroKnow Museum observed the end of our first year at our new home at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. As a result I’ve not spent more than 30 consecutive minutes in the five rooms on the second floor where there is no air conditioning. There have been visits to the Upstairs Operations Room where the computer, not internet-connected, is paired with the fine scanner our first major supporter provided soon after the Museum began to arrive. The SOP here is to download digital images to that computer to master files, from which copies can be made and shared with you and others via Internet here in the air-conditioned office downstairs. The model assembly and repair materials and desk are in the same room. I’ve not spent more than five minutes at workshop table since May.

The few minutes in the adjacent research room have spent delivering newspaper and magazine clippings for filing when the temperatures there (and in the rest of the rooms) plummet to a chilling 80 degrees or less.

Last Sunday, when an aviation enthusiast, Elizabeth, and her significant other Anthony visited, I risked showing them the entire collection because I really wanted to make a positive impression.
First top upstairs was the Model Kit Room.
Book RoomThe Miscellaneous Files and Books Room at the end of the hall is neither air-conditioned nor heated though even in winter enough warmth radiates through the downstairs ceiling to keep the water pipes from freezing. Anthony is looking at the aircraft monographs and anthologies arranged by country and then manufacturer and aircraft. Also in this room are files about airlines, articles about aviation history arranged in chronology, human space flight, and more.
About 95 percent of the magazines in AeroKnow Museum are maintained in the Periodicals Room across the hall from the Miscellaneous Files and Books Room. The rarest and in the downstairs office. Organization of resources surrounding Anthony and Elizabeth is a major priority. Most titles are together with others of their title, but all await further organization by date and year with the newest issues first, working back in time. When the weather moderates, I will be spending hours a plenty here, especially if efforts to recruit volunteers to help, mostly in the cool and warm Welcome Office downstairs meet with more success in our second year than they did in our first.

Not shown in this post is the Research Room with 20 file cabinets full of clippings about aircraft and aviation people, combat units and all aspects of model airplanes, flying and static display.
Elizabeth expressed interest in helping as her schedule permits, and I’ll know in the next few weeks if good intentions connect with intentions made action.

In the meantime, I could tell from the drive over from the full-time day job that things are likely livable upstairs now, a sense confirmed on arrival after opening every window upstairs and letting the cool come in. It’s  a few minutes after 7, and I’m going to catch up for an hour in the Periodicals Room.

If you’d like to volunteer to help, e me. I will contact you.

Sustain the vision. Build the dream!


About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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