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Volunteers preserve Granby avation history

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Colorado pilots used aviation to connect rural communities. Photo of 1930s-era “Lindy Birds” on the Granby-area mesa from the historic collection of Paul and Margaret Gilbert. Local volunteer “aviation history detectives” are preserving and promoting local airport history through the Colorado Airport History Preservation Project on-line www.coloradoairporthistory.com

Aviation “history detectives” are volunteering to preserve and promote local airport history. Recently the Colorado Airport History Preservation Project volunteers were awarded a Colorado Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities 2010-11 Research grant to inventory and publish statewide airport history on the website http://www.coloradoairporthistory.com under the direction of volunteer, Dr. Penny Hamilton.

Photographs, files, web links and other information about Colorado’s community airports are already available on the web site. “Our volunteers are researching and gathering information daily which is constantly being posted on-line,” reported Dr. Hamilton. “We are working closely with Tim Nicklas and the Grand County Historical Association. Dede Fay will also be publishing our local research and links on the important http://www.GrandCountyHistory.com site.

In addition to Hamilton, local volunteers include Grand County Commissioner, Nancy Stuart; Nora and Dean Stull; Scott Munn: Emily Howell Warner, America’s first female Commercial Airline Captain; and Dr. Bill Hamilton. Also, Granby airport research notes from long-time residents, Jean and Dwight Miller, and also from former resident, Don Drake, author of the local history book, PO Box 2, are providing historical information and documentation.

Hamilton, writer of the history book, Granby: Then and Now 1905-2005, has additional information of Granby-Grand County airport. “Before it is lost, the history of our airports and early Grand county aviation needs to be recorded and preserved through this important volunteer project. We need photos and information, especially on Kremmling airport,” she explained.

“Because November is Aviation History month, this is a great time to promote our aviation heritage and continue to preserve this important information,” Hamilton concluded. Contact, Penny at 887-1881 or through the web site http://www.coloradoairporthistory.com

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