WASP HOMECOMING 2017
So many gave of themselves to make Homecoming 2017 special for WASP veterans. Your dedication exemplifies the spirit of Sweetwater and makes it possible to fulfill our mission to educate and inspire all generations with the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
CONSTRUCTION OF EXPANSION STARTED;
However, Your Help Is Still Needed
Construction started on HANGAR No.1, the climate controlled expansion of the National WASP WWII Museum, and the Memorial Plaza in late October, 2016. HANGAR No.1 will house new exhibits, museum archives with a research library, an expanded gift store, staff offices, and catering kitchen. There will be space for traveling exhibits, video presentations, special events and community celebrations. The current hangar will house the Museum airplanes and allow access to the runways.
The Memorial Plaza will offer views of the runways and taxiways where the WASP trained in 1943-44. American, Texas and WASP flags will fly proudly above a memorial plaza dedicated to the memory of the first women to fly America’s military aircraft. This area will feature expanded exhibits, and be used for public gatherings and private events.
While much has been accomplished, there is still much to be done. Funds are still needed to complete construction and create new exhibits to preserve the legacy these courageous women. We need your support!
The 7th Annual Run for the WASP 5K Run/Fun Walk
GRANT DIGITIZATION OF COLLECTIONS
Sweetwater, TX — The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to the National WASP WWII Museum and its partner, the Abilene Library Consortium (ALC), under its TexTreasures grant program promoting local heritage, culture, and education. This digitization project will include premiere collections such as Jacqueline Cochran, WASP Helen Wyatt Snapp, WASP Eleanor Brown, WASP Suzette VanDaell Douglas, WASP Peggy Ward, Charles A. Prince, WASP Instructor Paul Hill and the recently transferred WASP collection from the Pioneer City County Museum. These collections provide viewers another avenue to search through over 22,000 unique historical WASP documents which will include images, journals, videos, personal letters from G.I.’s at war, and much more. These data will be available in 2017.
This project is just one of 71 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. “The projects funded by these grants are an amazing panorama of innovation, best practice, and forward direction in museum and library services,” says Mark Smith, TSLAC Director and Librarian. TSLAC awards competitive grants annually, as funding allows. For the 2016 fiscal year, which runs from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017, TSLAC has awarded approximately $1.5 million in competitive grants. The TexTreasures Grant will provide assistance and encouragement to six organizations to provide access to their special or unique collections and to make information about those collections available to the public across the state, including the WASP Museum’s project, “Flying High in the Texas Sky: Legacy of the WASP”.
ABOUT THE TEXAS STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES COMMISSION
Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs to improve their lives and communities. TSLAC provides historical and genealogical search assistance, access to federal and state governmental documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.