Armstrong museum offers ‘Buckeyes Aloft’ with former Smithsonian curator


Buckeyes Aloft: Ohio Pathbreakers in Air & Space: 7 p.m., The Armstrong Air & Space Museum Facebook page, facebook.com/ArmstrongAirSpaceMuseum.

WAPAKONETA — The Armstrong Air & Space Museum kicks off its 2021 speaker series with former Smithsonian curator Dr. Tom Crouch speaking on “Buckeyes Aloft: Ohio Pathbreakers in Air & Space” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 through the museum’s Facebook page.

The event is co-sponsored by the Auglaize County Historical Society, the Neil Armstrong Airport, and the First on the Moon Committee.

Crouch, curator emeritus for the Smithsonian, is a leading researcher and historian on aviation and aeronautics. He is a native Ohioan with degrees from Ohio University, Miami University and The Ohio State University.

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Armstrong Museum Hosting Event with Former Smithsonian Curator

WAPAKONETA — The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is kicking off their 2021 speaker series with an online event with special guest Dr. Tom Crouch. The event, scheduled for Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m., will be broadcast through Facebook Live and will be free for the general public to watch. The event will be co-sponsored by several other organizations in the county including the Auglaize County Historical Society, the Neil Armstrong Airport, and the First on the Moon Committee. Dr. Crouch, a former senior curator, now curator emeritus for the Smithsonian, is one of the leading researchers and historians in the history of aviation and aeronautics. The presentation is entitled “Buckeyes Aloft: Ohio Pathbreakers in Air & Space” and will explore the two centuries of flight in Ohio, including the first balloonists in the state, the Wright Brothers, and the modern contributions from the Buckeye State in the field of aviation. “The museum is honored to have Dr. Crouch as a guest speaker,” says Executive Director Dante Centuori. “I can think of no better way to begin our speaker series for 2021, than to have Dr. Crouch expand upon the history of aviation in Ohio.”

Dr. Crouch, a native Ohioan, received his BA in history from Ohio University in 1966, his MA in history from Miami University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in American history from the Ohio State University in 1976. Crouch began his museum career at the Ohio Historical Society as their Director of Education in 1969. Later, Dr. Crouch was hired by the Smithsonian and worked for over forty years in both the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History. Upon retiring in 2018, the Smithsonian made Dr. Crouch a curator emeritus of the institution. “Dr. Crouch is a close friend of the museum and even has a few personal ties to our history,” says Exhibits Specialist Logan Rex. “Dr. Crouch was a fundamental figure in the planning and designing of all our original exhibitions when the museum opened in 1972. It truly is a privilege to have such a key figure from our past as a guest speaker. You will find no other individual who knows as much about Ohio aviation as Dr. Tom Crouch.” For more information on the event, visit the museum’s website at www.armstrongmuseum.org or call the museum at (419)-738-8811.

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Buckeyes Aloft: Ohio Pathbreakers in Air & Space: 7 p.m., The Armstrong Air & Space Museum Facebook page, facebook.com/ArmstrongAirSpaceMuseum.

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