Greene County News
FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Area Historical Society invites the public to attend its December program. Dawne Lazzerine, from the National Museum of the United States Air Force, will present the History of the Air Force Museum.
This program, which is free and open to the public, will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Fairborn Senior Center, 325 N. Third St.
Fairborn played a central role in the museum’s history, perhaps most especially during the Cold War when the museum was at the west end of Fairborn’s Main Street. In those days, the museum was an integral part of the city. The gate at the end of the Main Street was always open and the transition from a Fairborn street to a Wright-Patterson street was seamless. Every year at Christmas, the museum’s large Atlas missile dressed as Santa Claus was as much a part of the city’s holiday décor as the Christmas tree at the intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue.
Fairborn Area Historical Society’s December program will tell the story of our Air Force Museum, from its beginnings as an aeronautical engineering repository at McCook Field to its present incarnation as the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The presentation will include the story of the spectacular move from Fairborn to its present location in Area B. Some may remember when State Route 4 was closed and the aircraft were paraded down the highway to the new museum. Lazzerine will have many stories and photos of the history of the museum, including information on its newest building, which was opened just this year.
December’s program will also include a silent auction. The items for sale will include antiques — some related to Fairborn’s history — collectors’ items, handmade crafts, and more. For more information about the silent auction and the program, visit the Fairborn Area Historical Society’s Facebook page.