New online exhibition: 100 Years of Aviation at Plum Island
November 4, 2010
Historic New England has published a new online exhibition chronicling the one hundred-year history of Plum Island Airport in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The exhibition, 100 Years of Aviation at Plum Island, compiles research and first-person interviews into narrative, photo galleries, and oral histories. The story begins at the dawn of aviation in the early twentieth century and continues through a World War II-era boom and a devastating 1977 fire to the airport's current incarnation as the non-profit Plum Island Aerodrome.
The airport resides on a parcel of land leased from Historic New England’s Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. As part of the centennial celebrations of both Historic New England and Plum Island aviation, this collaborative exhibition documents the history of the airport and its role in pioneering flight in New England, its development throughout the twentieth century, and its continuous impact on local communities.
Pictured: Yacht builder-turned-aviation pioneer W. Starling Burgess at the Harvard-Boston Aero Meet, September 1910.