Military Aviation Preservation Society is a mostly all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the history of military aviation.
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Don’t forget to sign up for our MAPS Christmas Party on December 3rd at 6:00PM. The cost is $15 per person plus please bring a food donation for the Family Service Group’s Food Pantry for the troops stationed at CAK. See Bob Schwartz, Reed or Kim to get signed up. Thank you for your support
MAPS to Sponsor WWII Military History Venture Crew
MAPS is sponsoring a Venturing Crew that specializes in this era of our history. Venturing is a program of the Boy Scouts of America which promotes special interest education and experiences. As a member of this crew, you will learn more about World War II by visiting historic sites and museums, participating in living history encampments, parades, honor ceremonies, and reenactments, while interacting with others who share the same interest.
Organizers of this group will be at MAPS on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 1:00 until 4:00 PM, in conjunction with the Santa Fly-in event. All are welcome to visit and find out about how you can become a part of this exciting new program. Both youth and adults are encouraged to join! Regular monthly meetings and events will begin in early January. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 330-575-0730.
Sunday December 3rd is the Santa Fly In, starting at 1:00PM bring your kids and grandkids to see Santa Claus. NOTE: Bring your smart phones or cameras to get a picture of your loved ones with Santa.
Entry is free but please bring in a food donation for the Reserves/National Guard Family Services Food Pantry that services the troops stationed at the Akron Canton Airport.
MAPS Air Museum Education Director, Col. Reed Kimball was interviewed by Gary Rivers on WHBC talk radio Wednesday. They discussed Veterans and MAPS Air Museum. Two very appropriate subjects as we approach Veterans Day. Click on the picture to hear their conversation.
MAPS Veterans Celebration V will be held on November 18, 2017. There are a limited number of seats so please register as soon as possible.
MAPS Air Museum will host a very special event in honor of the Grand Opening of the Ohio Military Museum Room. The room is located on the second floor of the main hangar at MAPS. The Ohio Military Museum was moved from Massillon to MAPS in 2015 and contains over 60 groupings of local heroes from Ohio. There are 13 Congressional Medal of Honor displays from Ohio and we will have 5 Medals on display.
We have scheduled a Military Vehicle Show for 9:00 – 4:30pm on Saturday and 11:30 – 4:00pm on Sunday, August 26 & August 27.
The dedication activities will be on Saturday, August 26 beginning with the orchestra Moonlight Serenade playing from 1:00 – 3:00pm. The actual dedication ceremony will be held at 3:30pm.
We will sell food and want a great turnout so we have reduced the price of admission to $5 for everyone, under 6 years is free. Please come and join us for this very special event.
MAPS Air Museum received an operational grant from the McAlonan Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. This grant will be designated for our education program in Summit County and will help bring summit county high schools to our US History Program. Last year Green, Manchester, Hoban, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, and Norton. This grant fully funded 1,224 students and 43 teachers on a field trip to MAPS where they were treated to a briefing from Colonel Kimball and a tour that focused on Ohio US History Standards. We want to thank the McAlonan Foundation and Akron Community Foundation for their support and generosity.
MAPS Air Museum received a grant from The Timken Foundation. This grant will be used for Phase II of the second floor renovation. The foundation was instrumental in Phase I which included the elevator, radiant heat and the storage room. (The OMM Room was funded by the Ward and Joy Timken Foundation)
Phase II will include the meeting room (funded by Green Lions Club), the restrooms and HVAC for the entire second floor. Phase III (start 2018) will complete the banquet hall and the museum rooms. Phase IV (start 2019) will complete the kitchen.
We want to thank the Timken Foundation, Louise Timken Foundation and Ward and Joy Timken Foundation for their support and guidance over the years. They have been responsible for funding the following improvements:
- renovating all of the restrooms in the hangar
- renovating the gift shop
- renovating the Gallery of Heroes
- renovating the Louise Timken Research Library
- repairing the roofs
- renovating the Ohio Military Room
- installing the radiant heat in the hangar
- installing the elevator
- purchasing bricks for the banding around the hangar
The MAPS Legacy Award was presented at the Green Freedom Fest on June 24, 2017. It is awarded to MAPS Members who:
- had a distinguished military service or have supported our programs that honor our veterans.
- have contributed to their community organizations
- have lived their lives as role models for our young
- and have significantly contributed to the success of MAPS Air Museum
2017 Award Recipients
Bob and Pat Schwartz – Rick Hamlet – Mary Ann and Jim Cameron
Note: Kim Kovesci and Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer were also in the picture.
Congratulations to all and thank you for your service to MAPS Air Museum.