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Update - 02/05/04

$10,000 has been raised and $10,000 matching funds received from CommunityAmerica CU

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The TWA Museum is a chapter of the Platte County Historical Society, set up in the 1980's to protect and preserve a collection of TWA memorabilia. We are dedicated to keeping it together for future generations. It was started by Tom Perry and over the years many of you in Kansas City, as well as many around the world, made it grow into an astounding collection. It has been displayed at the overhaul base, at KCAC and at the training center in St. Louis. Part of the collection is still on display at the CommunityAmerica Credit Union, formerly the TWA Credit Union, at 112th & Ambassador Drive. In the near future this display needs to be moved.

We have been looking for a permanent home for this collection and we believe we have found the perfect place. KCI Expo Center, located near KCI, is a 70,000 square foot exhibit hall with 11,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. The UP, UP AND AWAY CAFE encompasses a large portion of that square footage with an area tailor made to showcase TWA's elegant history. Thousands of people pass through this convention hall and the display will be available for school field trips. Dennis Pierce, President, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, whose history parallels that of TWA, presented this information to the Executive Board of the Credit Union with an appeal to assist in raising the funds necessary to establish a permanent display at KCI Expo Center.

Display cases have been designed and will be built and installed by EXHIBIT ASSOCIATES, INC., of Kansas City. They are the same professionals responsible for the TWA traveling exhibit, as a corporate partner of AMERICA'S SMITHSONIAN, a 12 city, 2 year tour, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE. There is one 20' enclosed glass case and two 11' enclosed glass cases on either side, all properly lighted and free standing, at a cost of $48,875.00.

The appreciation for TWA 's long partnership with the credit union was evident as the board agreed to provide $10,000 in matching funds towards our financial goal. As soon as we raise $10,000, we can proceed with construction of the center 20' display case. This completed case, with memorabilia displayed, is exactly what we need to launch a fundraising campaign to complete our goal.

TWAer's have made this collection possible over many years and it has been cared for and displayed to perpetuate a rich history. It is yours, we invite you to help us insure its continuation by contributing to the campaign to match the challenge handed us by our friends at the credit union. Please make your tax-deductible contribution payable to Platte County Historical Society, with TWA MUSEUM noted on the memo section of your check. All funds raised will go to the TWA Museum Chapter for construction of this permanent exhibit. Mail to: Platte County Historical Society, P O Box 103, Platte City, MO 64079-0103.

My sincere thanks,

Diane Pepper
Platte County Historical Society

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