A Quick Background of Aviation Heritage Group
UPDATE: December 2006
membership charged the Interim Board with the responsibility of more
clearly defining the qualifications necessary for individual
membership, and also clarifying the rights and privileges of members
representing commercial or for-profit enterprises.
Those proposed revisions to the classes and qualifications for membership may be found here. Once approved, they will become Article II, Section II of the Bylaws.
Interim Board was also responsible for assembling a slate of candidates
to fill out the 11-person Board of Governors, to be elected by e-mail
prior to the end of 2006. Members will also be asked to approve the
revised bylaws in this same election.
Interim Board (listed above) will continue to operate AHG until the
next Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 1, 2007 at
3PM at the Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego,
AHG Launch - 2005
the Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Seminar at Seattle in
March 2005, a group of participants met to discuss the possibility of
establishing a new association to serve the collective needs of the
international aerospace heritage community. A committee of six museum
professionals met at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo in August 2005 to develop a
concept for the new organization. The group consisted of:
- Bob Elllis, Kalamazoo Air Zoo
- Ben Kristy, Evergreen Air Museum
- Frank Lennon, USS Saratoga Museum Foundation
- Bill Sheridan, Quonset Air Museum
- Adam Smith, EAA AirVenture Museum
- Tony Smyth, Canada Aviation Museum
This meeting resulted in the formation of the Aviation Heritage Group (AHG) with the following goals:
educate its members about best practices for them to employ as they
inform the public about the role that aviation and space exploration
have played in world history;
act as the unified voice of the aviation heritage community on matters
of mutual concern, not only in the United States but worldwide;
communicate and encourage the use of the best professional standards in
the preservation, restoration and display of artifacts and memorabilia;
act as a clearinghouse for information, products and services that may
help institutional members manage and operate their facilities in more
cost-efficient and professional ways;
- To host meetings, events and other networking opportunities to facilitate an exchange of information;
- To provide a tangible return on the membership investment by offering benefits that save money, save time and increase revenue;
help members do all they can to ensure that future generations never
forget the sacrifices of those who have gone before.
organizing committee hosted a charter membership meeting at the 2006
Mutual Concerns seminar in Washington, DC. A report on the successful
launch can be found here.
the 2006 public meeting, the charter members approved draft bylaws,
subject to clarification of certain membership categories and
privileges. Those approved bylaws (March 2006 version) can be viewed in
their entirety here.