The Ernie Hall Aviation Museum bears the name of one of America’s most well-regarded aeronautical pioneers and he is regarded as a hero due to his impact on the evolution of aviation in the United States. The museum was established to not only recognize a legend in the Ohio community where he resided, but to leverage his legacy to acknowledge the contributions of other aviators in U.S. history as well. This information and education will be presented and disseminated through various avenues to people of all ages by the museum and its volunteers.
The Ernie Hall Aviation Museum, Inc. was established in 2013. A groundbreaking will be held on February 22, 2014 to initiate construction on a replica of the hanger and school once operated by Mr. Hall. The museum itself will house various collectibles, displays, pictures, models and even actual aircraft of historical significance. It will be located adjacent to an active airfield that has granted
the museum unlimited access for programs it intends to develop for public enjoyment and education. In summary, the museum will offer the community a gathering place to explore aviation’s birth as well as Mr. Hall’s contributions.
Mr. Hall’s history includes receiving his instruction from the Wright brothers, but it was Mr. Hall that introduced aviation to a new generation of pilots as well as training scores of pilots during WW I. In 1936, Ohio’s governor appointed Hall as the Director of the Bureau of Aeronautics. His honors, accolades and contributions are lengthy, all of which will be recognized within the museum. Indeed, American aviation was, in fact, born around him during a unique period of our history. His influence is unmistakable.
The museum intends to establish networks of cooperation with other non-profit organizations that fall under the 501(c)(3) section of the IRS code in order to exchange various collectibles and artifacts that possess historical aeronautical significance so they might be shared with a broader audience. Although a notable number of items have already been contributed, dozens of other potential donors have been contacted. The museum board has been delighted with the outpouring of generosity and sincere interest.
The board’s plan calls for educational programs to be provided via lectures, slide shows, films, gatherings, tours, and even fly-ins. They anticipate a wide range of organized groups as well as the general public to participate in these events. As an example, local school leaders have expressed a strong level of interest in utilizing the museum through various student field trips. These educational forums will be free to the attendees. Special events such as honoring local veterans on Veteran’s Day are already being planned.
To assist in developing awareness, a web site was recently developed and introduced that will also provide historical facts, statistics, and stories that can be freely accessed for various educational purposes. As the museum matures, the board foresees potential internships to be developed and made available to students. At a minimum, there will be abundant volunteer opportunities.
Funding for the museum will come from annual memberships, general donations, in-kind donations, sponsorships, grants, sales of merchandise, and events held on site. The board has an opportunity to secure a significant donation of materials necessary to construct the actual museum.