TASM to Host Commemorative Celebration

Imagine visiting the Tulsa Air and Space Museum to learn about Tulsa’s rich aerospace history and sitting down to chat with a former astronaut, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor or a World War II B-17 tail gunner?

That’s what guests have in store when they attend the upcoming Hometown Heroes event to be held on Oct. 15, from 5-8 p.m. at the Sherman and Ellie Smith Hangar One Museum.

In conjunction with the special traveling exhibit, Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation, Hometown Heroes is an evening specifically dedicated to those in the Tulsa community that are a part of America’s Greatest Generation. Highlights of the event will include hometown cuisine at the canteen, complimentary beverages, an exciting silent auction, “War Bonds” for sale to include a rousing raffle for a P-51 flight, music of the era, and re-enactors of the Greatest Generation.

Lending additional excitement, fly-ins with one of a kind vintage aircraft will thrill guests with their arrivals at 5:15pm (weather permitting) and live entertainment will be provided by the Tulsa Swing Dancers. Glenn Wright, Executive Director and Kim Jones, Deputy Director will salute the Hometown Heroes with a special presentation.

Born in the 1910s and 1920s, America’s Greatest Generation was shaped by events and circumstances, from the prosperity of the Roaring 20s, to the Great Depression, to World War II. They began with a sense of hope and optimism only to be knocked down by economic devastation and a surprise attack on U.S. territory. Over two decades of strife and starvation hardened them for meeting head-on, the challenges of World War II. Once they had survived and triumphed over the evils of the Second World War, they developed the most powerful nation on earth, landed men on the moon, and created and lived “The American Dream”.

Event guests will have the opportunity to tour the inspirational exhibit that highlights the experiences of the Greatest Generation through free-standing photomural panels graphics small object cases; plus, freestanding immersive environments. Artifacts include household items, Civilian Conservation Corps materials, toys, military and homefront items from World War II, commercial objects, clothing, books, baby boom artifacts, and travel/tourism objects.

Sponsorships are still available and reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased 24/7 by visiting www.TulsaAirAndSpaceMuseum.org or reserve your tickets by phone at (918) 834-9900 ×115. Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is a non-profit 501 ©(3) organization. Proceeds from the Hometown Heroes event help fund TASM’s educational programming for the Sherman and Ellie Smith Hangar One Museum and the James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is located at 3624 N. 74th East Ave., across from the Tulsa Zoo/Mohawk Park entrance.

Updated 10-12-2011

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