Annotated Innovation Story Timeline Research & Development
Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. $5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources.
AirSpace Minnesota's (ASM) goal for the Timeline project was, ultimately, to build its capacity for future research, exhibitions, and programs. This project produced the expected results, and continues to provide a launchpad for other activities, well-founded in scholarship.
Chronicling Minnesota's aviation and aerospace history was a key first step toward determining interpretive themes, and identifying historical narratives that support those themes. Secondly, and as part of a separately funded project, AirSpace Minnesota hired Museology to design and produce an exhibition for International Learn to Fly Day (May 18, 2013). Titled, "Go Boldly," the exhibition focused on inventors and innovators in Minnesota's aviation and aerospace history, and its content was drawn from the annotated timeline. The exhibit debuted at an event by the same name, which was attended by 300 guests, including approximately 100 students from Farnsworth Middle School, an aerospace-focused public school in the Saint Paul district. Currently, the exhibition is on display in the Innovators Gallery at ASM's offices in Minneapolis. Portions of the exhibit have been on display at various aviation events and during STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair. The research and annotated timeline contributed to creation of a traveling resource for learning that will provide a lasting contribution to regional STEM interpretation.
Ann Novacheck, Lindquist & Vennum; Doug Paulson, Minnesota Department of Education; Don Piccard, Piccard Balloons; Eric Raarup, Avtex; Ray Rought, Minnesota Aviation and History Education Center; Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad (retired), Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve; Doug Spong, Carmichael Lynch Spong; Jana Vaughan, Airport Foundation MSP; Steve Wagner, Lake Superior College, MnSCU; Brad Westphal, Honeywell Aerospace; Lt. Colonel Richard Wiessner (retired), MN Air National Guard Historical Foundation; Elaine Wyatt, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys