Better An Hour Given Gladly than Six Hours Postponed

It’s hard to deal with the unseasonal chill that impedes my progress getting AeroKnow Museum into visitor-worthy condition. A solid 60% of our resources are in the basement. Collected clippings of articles brought “home” in a rush, just to get it out of the airport, are taking hours a plenty as I sort them and begin a process of distributing them to file cabinets waiting to receive them. These articles are the real meat of what waits for AKM users.

To make more space for them, all files — those established and those being sorted — are being thinned: extra copies of articles are being pitched to dumpsters. It burdens my heart to say goodbye to second copies dating back to the 30s. Future visitors wouldn’t have to settle for xroxes . . . . . but I need the space. About 70% of the foreign aircraft articles are being surplused to File 13, and dealing with that part of the collection is totally set aside for finessing to perfection when time permits. YES, files about DeHavilland Otters will be available, but only those of ac flown stateside by US operators and those flown by US military.

It’s chilly in the basement even today! Files are moved upstairs to where I can endure nominally less chill; also to my part-time, employer where, with his consent, I process files sometimes four hours out of five, four days a week. The progress is steady, but slow.

The model display room is a last concern these days. Arranging glass shelves, begun last October, haven’t been touched since.

Engaging only the built models brought back from the airport, I could fill every shelf that will be arranged in the chilly basement. I will be narrowing the scope of models displayed when things warm up down there. Again, I will hate to dispose of MANY built models, but there is only so much room. Almost all will be of US aircraft/

Big issue lately is sharing pictures with you. When I was posting regularly on WordPress, it was easy to share pictures. Now I’m up against a wall. I don’t know how to do what I did all the time. I will pursue picture capability and have some results by the next post.

See you next time.

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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