May 26, 2010 Edition

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WR museum receives grant

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

The Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge has been awarded a $30,680 grant to expand its aviation cadet display from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School and those who trained, worked and lived there during World War II.

"We received a warrant for $23,000 on May 19, which represents 75 percent of the grant," said Harold Johnson, president of the museum board. "The remaining 25 percent may be released next year."

Wings of Honor was one of eight museums or organizations in Arkansas invited to apply for the grant, according to Johnson. The Aviation Cadet Museum at Eureka Springs was also awarded a grant.

Act 1160 of 2009, sponsored by Arkansas State Senator Randy Laverty, appropriated up to $100,000 for aviation cadet museums. To date, $80,000 has been funded.

A meeting of the museum board was scheduled for May 24 to discuss the planned display expansion. The current display includes information and artifacts from the WWII cadet program and training and pilot training.

Histories, photographs, posters, maps, curriculum, class rosters, personal artifacts, oral histories and models of training aircrafts are available now for public viewing, with new items to be added following the receipt of the grant.

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