Florida Air Museum Receives a $10,000 Save Our History Grant From History

The project will document the world’s first airline, the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, and the first airline passenger flight across Tampa Bay, January 1, 1914, by renowned test pilot Tony Jannus in a Benoist Model 14 flying boat biplane.


The Florida Air Museum was formally founded in 1987 and designated as Florida’s official aviation museum and education center by the state legislature in 2003. It is located on the SUN 'n Fun, Inc. campus at 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, Florida 33811. The Museum engages visitors through its unique display of aircraft and special exhibits in the significant role Florida has played in the history and development of aviation. The Museum also presents a unique collection of artifacts from the Howard Hughes Aviation Collection. For more information about the Florida Air Museum and its schedule of special events, lectures and the additional benefits of membership visit www.FloridaAirMuseum.org, call (863) 644-2431 or e-mail Museum@sun-n-fun.org.

About Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors helps donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. Originally developed as the private philanthropy service of the Rockefeller family, RPA is now an independent, nonprofit service that represents the cumulative knowledge and experience of more than a century of high-quality professional service to America’s most philanthropic family. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors provides research and counsel on charitable giving, develops philanthropy programs, and offers complete program, administrative and management services for foundations and trusts. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors currently serves more than 160 clients in facilitating over $200 million in annual gifts/grants to more than 60 countries.

About AASLH

AASLH was born in 1904 as a part of the American Historical Association. Over one hundred years later, AASLH is the only national association dedicated to the people and organizations that practice state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. These history organizations are American leaders in preserving, researching, and interpreting traces of the past to connect the people, thoughts, and events of yesterday with the creative memories and abiding concerns of people, communities, and our nation today. History organizations are foremost education institutions, and they excel in creating the enlightened, engaged citizenry that the founders envisioned. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides a variety of programs and services, as well as leadership in the national arena.

About Save Our History Educational Materials

The History Channel, in collaboration with leading educators from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), developed a comprehensive Educator’s Manual containing standards-based lesson plans, enrichment activities, and resources that help elementary, middle and high school teachers connect American History content to their local history. The manual guides teachers to engage students in hands-on, experiential preservation projects. The Educator’s Manual is supplemented by monthly Save Our History lesson plans available to educators who register online to receive them at www.saveourhistory.com. To date, more than 60,000 educators at schools, youth groups, history museums, and historic sites have used the educational materials to teach over 1.8 million students about their local history and the importance of preserving it.

About Save Our History

Save Our History is an Emmy® Award-winning strategic philanthropic initiative of History that launched in 1998, designed to further historic preservation and history education. The program supplements the teaching of history in America’s classrooms, educates the public on the importance of historical preservation and motivates communities across the country to help save endangered local historic treasures. The Save Our History campaign includes original documentaries, special teacher materials, national promotion on The History Channel, broadband activities in schools, and has worked with The Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National World War II Memorial, American Rivers and The White House 200th Anniversary.

Additional information about the grassroots Save Our History program, including a comprehensive school manual containing suggested lesson plans for grades two through 12 and details about working with local preservation organizations can also be found at www,saveourhistory.com.

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