What we have done?
The Museum of Flight is our rocketry museum and has acquired the Estes and Piester collections—a significant part of our hobby’s history.
In order to curate the G. Harry Stine Collection, the National Association of Rocketry raised nearly $50,000 and the Museum of Flight matched these funds. The Museum of Flight hired project archivist, Charise Michelson. She is currently engaged in making the G. Harry Stine Collection available for NAR members.
Take a look at The Museum of Flight presentation to see what these donations are accomplishing. The museum has already created an online image library from the first early NARAMs which can be accessed by NAR members.
What your money will buy.
The Museum of Flight has acquired the Estes and Piester collections—which are a significant part of our hobby’s history. The funds will be used to allow a professional museum archivist to organize, inventory, and prepare the collections for access by NAR members and rocketry enthusiasts everywhere.
Vern & Gleda Estes founded Estes industries in 1958 and began building the largest model rocket company in existence. Their collection spans 60+ years of hobby rocketry and features artifacts from the very inception of model rocketry. This collection includes a dazzling array of original Estes catalog models which were on display in Vern and Gleda’s home as well as numerous rocketry related awards, gifts and presentations from admirers and industry.
Lee and Betty Piester launched Centuri Engineering in 1961. Their collection features 100’s of pieces from the very beginnings of the company. Lee and Betty did an incredible job of keeping catalogs, kits, starter sets, and photographs while running Centuri. All of these pieces are included in their collection. For a video tour of just some of the pieces that are in the Piester collection, click here.
What does it matter?
These artifacts are the foundational components from the earliest days of model rocketry and document an emerging technology which grew into the hobby we know today. Many items in the collection need to be professionally conserved, to preserve them for future generations to inspire, enjoy, and learn from.
Why is your donation urgent?
The NAR and Museum of Flight would like to have an uninterrupted transition from the Stine Collection onto the Estes and Piester collections and retain the services of our now experienced rocketry archivist. Your donation will allow Charise Michelson to continue work on these important collections of early model rocket history. Her valuable skills must be used to organize and preserve the foundational elements from the Piester and Estes Collections as part of the National Collection of Model and Sport Rocketry.
We have the will and the organizational impetus to reach our goal, we need to funds available to see the project through to its conclusion. Our goal is $25,000 by the end of 2019. Make your donation today!
Why should I contribute? Read this letter from NAR President, John Hochheimer.
Phase two supports the curation of the Estes and Piester collections with two fantastic ways to donate!
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Make a donation to the NAR History Fund. 100% of your donation (minus Paypal fees) will go to the fund.
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Reserve your copy of “Saturn Rising”, a signed limited edition print that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and the achievements of Centuri Engineering and Estes Industries; two of the most iconic rocketry companies from the Golden Age of Model Rocketry. What better way to salute the historic first moon landing and your favorite hobby than with a stunning image of the Apollo 11 launch juxtaposed with two of the most iconic Saturn V kits ever produced. The added signatures of Vern Estes, Lee Piester, and NASA Art Program artist Chris Calle will link the image to one of the most significant explorations in human history and the hobby of model rocketry.
Saturn Rising is a canvas print measuring 16″ x 24″. It is heirloom quality, and produced by Greenwich Workshop. The stretched print is ready for hanging. Join us for the print signing at NARAM-61 and meet the NASA Art Program artist Chris Calle.
Saturn Rising Stretched Canvas Print
$250.00 plus $35.00 shipping and handling.
Saturn Rising Rolled Canvas Print
$250.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling.
To receive the signed print at the pre-release price of $250.00, the order deadline is July 16, 2019.