October 18, 2007
Aviation explored as part of Georgia Archives Month
Augusta, Ga. – Everyone’s eyes will be on the skies in Augusta this weekend. With the Boshears Skyfest comes a focus on aviation. But there are also other upcoming opportunities to learn about air travel.
Augusta State University’s Reese Library Special Collections is sponsoring a celebration of Georgia Archives Month with a series of events focused on the history and importance of aviation in the Augusta area. An exhibit titled, Ferry to Flight—Barnes Field on Sand Bar Ferry Road will be on display in University Hall from Oct. 23 through Nov. 2.
“We are focusing on aviation because of some photographs of Army Signal Corps airplanes on Barnes Field which had been donated to Special Collections that were taken in 1913 by Harry V. Mitchell,” says Outreach Librarian Mellie Kerins.
Also, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 2:30 p.m. in 170 University Hall, Willis M. Boshears, executive director of the Augusta Regional Airport – whose family the annual skyfest was named after, and Diane Johnston, the airport’s marketing director, will give a presentation titled The History of Augusta Aviation and the Economic Impact of Augusta Regional Airport.
After the presentation, ASU’s James M. Hull College of Business is sponsoring a reception. Balloons to Blue Angels, a book penned by the late Edward Cashin, professor emeritus of history, will be available for purchase. One copy will be raffled off to those present.