Photo by Amy Gesch
A crowd gathered Monday for the dedication ceremony of the new
Founder's Wing within the EAA AirVenture Museum.
July 27, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - With
EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny calling it a "very, very
special dedication with lasting meaning for the organization," the
newest area of the EAA AirVenture Museum was dedicated late this morning.
The Founders' Wing was designed to preserve
EAA's history and culture, showcasing Paul and Audrey Poberezny's personal
collection of letters, pictures, artifacts, media clippings, and more.
The lower level of the Founders' Wing will
be used for museum events, while the mezzanine level features a recreation
of EAA's first office, a library with discussion area, and an archival
"It's a complex that will forever
preserve the legacy and culture of EAA," Poberezny said. "The
Paul and Audrey Poberezny Library presents and preserves artifacts that
tell a story you can't explain with words."
Several of the organization's charter
members were also in attendance, including donors Fred Telling and Russ
MacFarlane, and were recognized during the dedication ceremony, which
included Paul and Audrey Poberezny officially cutting a ribbon.
Founder Paul Poberezny thanked the group
gathered for the dedication ceremony for being part of the EAA family.
"I didn't realize then that all the stuff we saved and collected
would mean so much."
Audrey added, "I am pleased you could
all be here to enjoy this with us. It has been a wonderful experience. I
hope you enjoy it as much as I do."
Telling, also an EAA board member, said he
was glad to see the area completed. "I think the saddest thing, in my
mind, is if we hadn't done this before Paul and Audrey weren't here to see