McMinnville, OR. The Evergreen Museum has partnered with the non-profit Veterans’ Legacies and become the location of its new world headquarters in the Aviation Museum.
The headquarters marks the first-time family members, friends, caregivers, and veterans themselves have a physical space to share pictures, biographies, letters, and more. The headquarters includes:
- The Mighty Endeavor oral history recording studio
- Ben Cox Research Library
- A free gathering space for museum visitors
- Artifacts on display from the Evergreen Collection ranging from uniforms to helmets and patches
- Personal photo albums donated to Veterans’ Legacies by service members and their families.
Veterans can schedule an appointment in the oral history recording studio to share stories that will be added to the Veterans’ Legacies online database.
Here’s a video about Veterans’ Legacies World Headquarters in the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville.
“Our goal is to preserve the histories of all of those who served, and the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is the perfect partner for our center of operation,” said founder Gary Mortensen, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and president of the Stoller Wine Group,
“Thanks to the Museum, we now have a place where these incredible stories can be recorded, researched, and shared in our ever-growing database that includes the stories of more than 9 million WWII veterans as well as those who served during peacetime,” Mortensen continued.
The Veterans’ Legacies center will be open by appointment through the end of the year. Learn more at themightyendeavor.com.
Donations and volunteering opportunities can be made by emailing [email protected].
From Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum:
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is located at 500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way in McMinnville. It is the home of the iconic Hughes Flying Boat Spruce Goose and strives to promote scientific curiosity while empowering everyone to learn about the past and inspiring future use of innovation and technology. Its aircraft, exhibits, and artifacts — like the rare SR-71 Blackbird, Titan II Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) with its original launch room, and a MaxFlight full-motion interactive flight simulator ride — offer stunning examples of aviation achievement. All of this is done in an environment that teaches students of all ages how these once emerging technologies demonstrate the importance of human skills like mathematics, science, teamwork, determination, and perseverance.
As a 501(c)3, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is proud to partner with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium, and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Evergreen Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make a reservation, buy tickets, or learn more, call (503) 434-4180 or visit evergreenmuseum.org.