Aviation exhibit nears May 28 opening

Gordon Woods / Journal — Edith Brady-Lunny with a mannequin representing pioneer flyer Amelia Earhart. The mannequin is part of the upcoming local exhibit Praire Flyers: A Century of Aviation in DeWitt County at the DeWitt County Museum.

Exhibition will chronicle DeWitt County flyers

CLINTON — One of the most ambitious exhibits to ever be presented at the DeWitt County Museum is taking shape and set to be ready for public viewing in about a week.

Prairie Flyers: A Century of Aviation in DeWitt County, is the cooperative effort of John Warner and the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum, as well as a long list of volunteers and donors to the project. 

Local writer Edith Brady-Lunny and photographer, designer, author Denis Hambucken are busy putting the finishing touches on the exhibit set to run May 28-July 3 in the museum barn.

Starting in February, Warner, Hambucken, Lunny and museum manager Joey Long began pulling together the artifacts and stories that will make up the exhibit.  Hambucken’s experience in designing museum displays has been an important factor in developing the exhibit and also has resulted in a book accompanying the project.

“Some of the pieces are extraordinary,” Hambucken said.  “Like the Norden bombsight.”

The Norden bombsight revolutionized the effectiveness of Allied bombers during World War II.

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