Thank You Supporters

THANK YOU! From ice-cream serving volunteers to major donors to the friends who spread the word, our “museum family” is what makes the museum and all we do possible. This month we’ll be posting about the amazing, varied, generous supporters who are part of our museum family – including YOU!

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Vintage Holiday Open House

Santa says “Mark your calendars for December 18th from noon to 4pm for the Vintage Holiday Open House at the Kelch Aviation Museum!” Get in the holiday spirit with live music, a bake sale, crafts for kids, free museum tours – and airplanes of course! RSVP and learn more on

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Phase III Construction

This place is hopping today! Excavators, electricians, cribbers, masons…not to mention the usual Brodhead Airport job supervisors. Construction of our Phase III “Wagner Welcome Atrium” has begun in earnest this week. The museum is still open normal hours; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Please mind the barricades and equipment

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All I Want for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas is an airplane… Kids with their (impressive!) homebuilt toy airplane, late 1930s. Many of us dreamed of flying a plane when we were kids, but few of us built a model this elaborate! Donate now to support accessible aviation opportunities and education for kids (and

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Out of Stock…

We’re temporarily out of stock of our biplane Christmas tree ornaments – but they’ll be back this week! Get yours before we run out again: The museum (and gift shop) is open today from 10am to 4pm, or you can shop online at www.kelchmuseum.org/product/biplane-christmas-ornament

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Local History

Brothers Kent and Kurt Van Galder donated two very special items with some incredible local history: A painting of their father, Russell, bailing out of an airplane – and the very same parachute that saved his life in that incident! Many local aviators remember Russell Van Galder, a flight instructor

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Open House!

You’re invited to the Kelch Aviation Museum vintage holiday open house! Come join us for cookies, crafts, cocoa, live music – and oh yeah, AIRPLANES! Invite a friend and RSVP on our facebook event page: fb.me/e/25c4MR8rJ

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Blackhawk Saturday

Instead of Black Friday… It’s BlackHAWK Saturday! We love showing off this biplane – an amazing restoration story, rare running Wright J5 engine, one of only 11 built. Listen to that engine – what a distinct, satisfying sound. Check out this (and 12+ other planes on display), plus free kids

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Limited Edition Ornaments!

New limited edition biplane Christmas tree ornaments for sale now! They’re so cute and hand decorated 🤩 head over to our gift shop to buy one now – in person or online.

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Black Friday….?

15% off all merchandise in our online gift shop this weekend. Call it Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday or whatever, enter code FLY2022 at checkout to receive the discount through Monday, 11/28. https://www.kelchmuseum.org/shop/

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