Share your Boeing memories and memorabilia

Sign up online to bring collectibles to March and April open house sessions

February 29, 2016 in Our Community

Community members with personal Boeing memorabilia will have a chance to show their collectibles at Seattle’s Museum of Flight as part of a special Boeing centennial display.

“We are excited to see what our community comes up with to share,” said Boeing Historian and Archivist Mike Lombardi. “This really will tell a very personal story of our company from the perspective of those who contributed to its century of success.”

Sign up online today to reserve a time to bring your items to The Museum of Flight for evaluation. Open house evaluation sessions are scheduled for March 11 and April 3; two sessions are planned for each date. The evaluations do not include appraisals.

Evaluators are looking for a diverse selection of items representing Boeing’s first 100 years. The items can be from Commercial Airplanes; Defense, Space & Security; or any supporting programs. Artifacts can range from old photographs or commemorative programs to a range of other personal or family mementos. All artifacts will be returned to their owners at the end of the exhibit.

The public display will run late May through mid-September at The Boeing Room in the museum’s Red Barn – Boeing’s original airplane factory. The display also will include treasures from Boeing’s own archives, Lombardi added. 

More information on the events, types of memorabilia that will be accepted for display and the terms of the loan are available at the sign-up site. All potential exhibitors are required to personally bring their items to The Museum of Flight during one of the house sessions where Boeing and Museum of Flight representatives will evaluate the artifact for possible inclusion in the display.

If you are unable to join us in person please share your story with us virtually via the Boeing Centennial Story Sharing page:

To hear news and stories about Boeing in Washington including our centennial celebrations, sign up to receive our newsletter or follow us online at #Boeing100 and @boeingairplanes. To keep up-to-date on new exhibits and upcoming events, including Boeing Centennial events, sign up for the Museum of Flight’s bi-weekly newsletter.

By Dawsalee Griffin and Michael Boroughs

Boeing Historian and Archivist Mike Lombardi holds an airplane model taken from the shelves of the Boeing archives.

Eric Olson