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Armstrong Air and Space Museum Auglaize County Wapakoneta Ohio

Armstrong Air and Space Museum Auglaize County Wapakoneta Ohio 

The year was 1969 and the mood was as high as the man on the moon. Neil A. Armstrong had done what no man had done before him. From his hometown of Wapakoneta, across the United States, and around the world, people wanted to honor his feat.

Armstrong Air and Space Museum Auglaize County Wapakoneta Ohio

Armstrong Air and Space Museum

The Apollo 11 crew had completed the greatest journey in human history putting men on the moon and setting the course for the future of the nation’s space program. The impact of that journey is still felt in Wapakoneta today. Businesses and streets in the community reflect the pride the city has in its native son, the first person to walk on the moon.

On July 20, 1969, Ohio governor James Rhodes proposed a museum as a monument to the achievements of not only Armstrong but “all Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity,” as well as to the history of the space program itself.

After the state of Ohio pledged $500,000 for the museum, Governor Rhodes challenged the local community to match, dollar for dollar, the funds to build the facility. “Neil Armstrong is the man of the century and we want to perpetuate his achievements here in Ohio,” Rhodes said.

Wapakoneta residents met that challenge head on. Businesses and individuals alike donated to the cause. Even school children saved their pennies and nickels in order to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime project.

When the governor returned to Wapakoneta, he was presented with a check for $528,313.55. Citizens of Wapakoneta had raised over half of the total cost.

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Armstrong Air & Space Museum
P.O. Box 1978
Wapakoneta, OH 45895-9780

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