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Air Zoo to Share Innovative Programs at 2019 Joint Conference

Submitted by Maria Newhouse In October 2019 Air Zoo staff members Christy Kincaid, collections and exhibits coordinator, Mary Lawrence, director of talent management and finance, and Maria Newhouse, development associate, will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to give two presentations at the 2019 Association of Midwest Museums and Michigan Museums Association Joint Conference. Ms. Kincaid and Ms. Newhouse will be presenting on the Air Zoo’s innovative Infant-At-Work program, while Ms.... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019
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Historical Society of Michigan recognizes volunteer Don Sanborn with 2019 State History Award

We are excited to announce that long time Air Zoo volunteer and docent, Donald Sanborn, will be honored Friday, September 27, 2019, at the State History Awards Banquet in Ludington, MI. Don will be receiving the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award, presented by the Historical Society of Michigan as part of the 2019 Michigan History Conference.   The 2019 State History Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service will be given to Donald H. Sanborn of Portage for his decades of... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Sep 16, 2019
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September Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month - Briana Klug

September has arrived, and with it, a new Guest Experience Ambassador Employee of the Month—Briana Klug! Bri has been with the Air Zoo since June of 2019 and is praised for being helpful, versatile, and dependable; and doing so with a cheerful disposition and bright, positive attitude. Bri is a wonderful Ambassador for the Air Zoo team. Great job, Bri, and thanks for everything you do! Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019
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Air Zoo announces SR-71 Spy-Posium details and events!

Portage, MI , August 21, 2019 – The Air Zoo is excited to release details surrounding the highly anticipated SR-71 Spy-Posium events being held October 4-6 at the Flight Innovation Center, their Portage Rd. location.  An outline of the weekend’s schedule is now available on line for the public.  Additional details and announcements will be made public as they become available.    SR-71 Spy-Posium | October 4-6 For the first time ever, the Air Zoo... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019
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Inspiration Starts Young

Submitted by Maria Newhouse On August 4, 2019 two young aviators flew through the cloud tunnel at the Air Zoo and captured the hearts of staff and guests alike for their vintage pilot and Woman Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) outfits. Hailing from Oklahoma, Emberly (5) and Colton (almost 2) are on a mission this summer to see as many World War II bombers and events as they can within driving distance of their home – bringing their parents along for the ride. Their summer journey... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
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August Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month - Lauren Fox

Lauren has been with the Air Zoo since February of 2019. Fellow Guest Experience Ambassadors praise Lauren for being a hard worker with a helpful, positive attitude who is always friendly and cheerful. Lauren is truly a valuable member of our Guest Experience team. Great job, Lauren! Thank you for all you do for the Air Zoo! *Neat photo fact: the photo was taken at the FDC (cool points if you recognize where) the day Lauren was hired! Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Aug 5, 2019
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WWII Coast Guardsman Douglas A. Munro - only member of US Coast Guard to ever receive the Medal of Honor

DOUGLAS A. MUNRO WWII COAST GUARDSMAN Medal of Honor Submitted by Don Sanborn   The Wall of Honor at the Guadalcanal Museum displays those who were awarded the Medal of Honor for service during the Guadalcanal campaign.  Included are honorees from several  U. S. military services and various ranks. Unique is U. S. Coast Guardsman Douglas A. Munro in that he is, to date, the only member of the U. S. Coast Guard to ever receive the Medal of Honor. Douglas... Read More
at Thursday, Jul 25, 2019
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How the Air Zoo inspired a young man and his dream

It can be hard to quantify the positive impact a cultural institution has on its community without experiencing that impact firsthand. MSgt. Darrik Thompson, USAF, retired, is just such a person, and for him the Air Zoo and the positive impact it has had on his life hold a very special place in his heart. “The Delano family [co-founder Sue Parish’s family] introduced my grandparents,” he recounts succinctly, “and my grandfather introduced me to aviation through the Air... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Jul 25, 2019
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The man behind the Air Zoo's SBD-2P “Dauntless” dive bomber

John Henry Lendo One of four children of Polish immigrant Gabryel and Anna Lendo, John Henry Lendo was born July 26, 1918, in Gardner, Massachusetts. An exceptional athlete in high school, John was accepted at Dartmouth College and played on the Ivy League school’s baseball and basketball teams. A member of Dartmouth’s Naval Aviation Cadet Training Program, he enlisted as a pilot in the United States Navy immediately following his graduation in June, 1941.  The next month... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 15, 2019
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July Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month - Randy Toll

This July the honor goes to Randy Toll! I am sure we all agree it is certainly well-deserved. Randy has been with the Air Zoo since March of 2018 and prior to that worked as an intern in the Exhibits & Collections department. Randy is praised for being hard-working, reliable, and always willing to jump in where needed. Great job, Randy! We appreciate all you do for the Air Zoo!   Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 1, 2019
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Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command visited the Air Zoo!

The Air Zoo had a very special visitor on Thursday, June 6th.  Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox, U.S. Navy (Retired) serves as the director of the Naval History and Heritage Command and Curator of the Navy.  He is responsible for the Navy's museums, art and artifact collections, the research library, 150 million pages of archives, and for collecting and interpreting U.S. Naval history throughout the world. Admiral Cox spent the day at our Flight Discovery Center with the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jun 10, 2019
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D-Day remembered at the Air Zoo

It was truly an amazing weekend for our Air Zoo family and the Kalamazoo community!  Quick recap - Our talented Exhibits & Collections team debuted a breathtaking display for the public, surrounding the significant roles airplanes, paratroopers and all things aviation played in the largest seaborne invasion in world history, D-Day, on June 6, 1944.  As America reflects on the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019, the Air Zoo's exhibition which explores the invasion through... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Jun 6, 2019
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