History of EAA, History of Your Chapter
By Trevor Janz, EAA 656941
EAA Manager of Chapters and Eagle Flights
August 21, 2012 - "History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tiding of antiquity." - Cicero (106BC -43BC).
Here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of your organization. Many EAA chapters are celebrating 50-plus years along with us.
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny has kept an amazing collection of EAA and aviation mementos over the past 60 years. I'm amazed each time I visit the Founders' Wing Library to see all of the items that he has collected over the years. Why does Paul collect everything? To remind him of how EAA has grown over the past six decades as well as to preserve and perpetuate the EAA legacy for generations to come.
Last time Paul and I met he gave me three photos of his very first meeting at Curtiss-Wright Field in Milwaukee in 1953. I wanted to share these photos with you. Notice how everyone is dressed? Notice the pencil sharpener, Campbell's Soup wooden box, the old headsets tucked away under the counter, and also the flying car model on the counter?
How does your chapter keep track of its history? Do you have a designated "chapter historian?" If not, I encourage you to, so that the history of your chapter is carried on and shared with the next generation of members and aviators.
If you have old photos of your chapter meetings or events from back in the day, please share them with your chapter members and also with us here at EAA headquarters. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.