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.
MAPS was pleased to have Mr. Bob Redfern of the Military Collectors Television Series visit the museum on June 20th.
Mr. Redfern shown in these pictures along with Mr. Reed Kimball the Education Director here at MAPS, was filming for a feature on the MAPS Air Museum for his show that will air in December of this year on the Pursuit Channel.
More information on the show will be provided at a later date so “Stay Tuned”.
MAPS also sends a big Thank You to the Fairfield Inn and Suites – Canton South, located at 4025 Greentree Ave, Canton (330-484-0300) for providing the accommodations for the TV crew while they were here in town.
Four MAPS Members; Doug Perry, Don Block, Bob Withee and Kim Kovesci were interviewed on WHBC for a Memorial Day Show hosted by Pam Cook and Joe Palmisano.
To listen to the two hour program click on the following link, HERE then click on, Podcast, then Memorial Day Podcast 2017.
Col. Reed Kimball was the featured speaker at the Memorial Day Ceremony for The Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Col Kimball spoke about the true meaning of Memorial Day and what it has evolved into. We want to thank Col. Kimball for taking the time to give this wonderful message. All Americans should hear what he had to say.