Moving to a Climate Controlled Archive
The big move to our new climate controlled archive started this week. 10,000 books, magazines, and catalogs; 20,000+ negatives and photos, and other vintage aviation stuff all had to go to the new building and up a flight of stairs. Thanks to everyone who helped so far…there’s plenty more work
Independence Day Challenge!
In the spirit of Independence Day, we have received a $2,500 challenge from an anonymous Wisconsin donor. We’ll receive $2,500 if we can raise an equal amount before the end of the day on Saturday, July 10. We’re less than three weeks from opening day, July 23. Help give us
Phase II Building Update
What a day! We had electricians and floor polishers and builders and IT nerds and all sorts of work going on in the Phase II building. 18 days until the Grand Opening on the 23rd. Will we make it? (Spoiler alert….yes we will!)We had some nice donations come in today
Bill’s Air Park
This article was originally published in Forward in Flight magazine, a publication of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. “Bill’s Air Park” 75th Anniversaries aboundBy Patrick Weeden My friend Joe Snow recently mentioned that his trusty little Cessna 140 will turn 75 years old this year. A quick search of
Museum Grand Opening!
After five years of fundraising, planning, talking, and dreaming,The Kelch Aviation Museum will celebrate with a takeoff party on July 23rd! Our Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., with a formal ribbon cutting, special tours, and maybe even a speech or two. More details to come, but mark your
Wing Rigging on Travel Air 4000
Lights, camera, action! The latest in our continuing series of virtual aircraft tours, “Airplanes With Ami!” has been published. Join Collections Manager Ami Eckard-Lee & Archivist Hannah Schickles as they rig and balance the wings on a Travel Air 4000 Biplane.
The Dangers of Flying the Mail
Air Mail pilots like William “Wild Bill” Hopson faced many dangers, but none so menacing as being cut out of foam board with a sharp knife by our Archivist, Hannah. Wild Bill is featured in the museum’s Air Mail exhibit, curated by Hannah. You can see him when we open
U.S. Air Mail Bags
What do you do when you can’t find authentic 1920s Air Mail sacks for your new museum? You make your own! Collections Manager Ami and Archivist Hannah researched and fabricated these U.S. Air Mail bags from authentic materials and inking processes. They look awesome! We’re one step closer to opening
LeRoy LaBarre Memorial Challenge Grant
The Kelch Aviation Museum has received a $2,000 challenge grant in memory of the late LeRoy T. “Bud” LaBarre, longtime Brodhead Airport manager and aircraft builder. A challenge grant means the museum will receive $2,000 from a generous local donor if we can raise an equal amount from the public.
Travel Air 3000 Wing Work
The latest in our continuing series of virtual aircraft tours. Join Collections Manager, Ami Eckard-Lee as she works on a historic wing from a Hollywood Travel Air 3000 and gets it ready for display.