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Picturing the Past With ... the Geneva History Museum

Did you know Charles Lindbergh flew over Geneva?

And Geneva once had an airport.

Local aviation history was made on Aug. 15, 1927, when Charles Lindbergh’s famous plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, flew over Geneva, Batavia and Mooseheart on his way to Springfield from Chicago. The air tour covered 48 states and visited 62 cities throughout the United States. Lindbergh agreed to the tour, sponsored by the Daniel Guggenheim Foundation, as a way to promote aviation and the development of airmail. After the tour, the use of airmail exploded.

The public also began to view the airplane as a viable and safe means of travel with the establishment of new airfields, including one that opened on the east side of Geneva in 1929.

At noon Sept. 12, come celebrate the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s flight over Geneva with stories about Geneva’s aviation and airfield history presented by museum archives volunteer Andy Fox.

To register for the Brown Bag program, visit www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call 630-232-4951.

Pictured: Jack Jaenicke’s Waco 9 airplane is seen at the hangars on the Geneva airfield. 

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