The Museum of Flight (MOF) in Seattle, WA is the official museum of our hobby’s history and of the NAR. They have the huge personal collection of founder of the NAR and of the hobby of model rocketry, G. Harry Stine; and they are adding the personal collections of Vern Estes and Lee Piester. If you are in Seattle, go see their great floor exhibit of our hobby that opened there in 2015 with the help of the NAR, it’s worth the trip! But there are huge volumes or artifacts, documents, and photos in their collection beyond what is on display.
On Tuesday, November 9 the MOF offered an online “Coffee with The Curator” session to talk about and digitally display some of the Stine collection. The G. Harry Stine Space History and Model Rocketry Collection encompasses the professional work of G. Harry Stine and includes drafts of his writings, rocket designs, aeronautical research files, and materials related to the National Association of Rocketry. The MOF curator spoke about some of the significant items in the collection, the long process to make the collection accessible for research, and upcoming plans for model rocketry collections.
You can watch this live-streamed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb0C51r1eCs. You can get a glimpse of a tiny fraction of the photos from this collection at this link to the MOF’s digital archives.
After you view this presentation, please take this short NAR Survey Monkey survey concerning what we would like to support having the Museum do next with digitization of the Stine collection: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQQ5JT5