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Branigan Cultural Center seeks input for aviation exhibit


Branigan Cultural Center (BCC) is seeking community input for an upcoming exhibition about the history of aviation in Las Cruces and the surrounding area.

The exhibition will examine more than 100 years of aviation history, both military and civilian, starting with the introductory use of military airplanes in 1916 after Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico, through World War II bombing training grounds and air mechanic training, and into the post-war civilian flying boom.

To tell this story more broadly, BCC is encouraging community members who were involved in these aviation-related events or had family members who were to share their stories and information with museum staff. The deadline is May 22.

Specifically, BCC is looking at topics such as WWII air-mechanic training at New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now NMSU), Las Cruces airports, crop dusting, local flying services and airlines, flying enthusiast groups and prominent individuals in local aviation.

For more information or to share your story, contact Museum Curator Jennifer McClung at 575-541-2221 and jmcclung@las-cruces.org.

For additional information, call 575-541-2137 and visit museums.las-cruces.org.

 Las Cruces Museums continue to offer exhibit information and virtual programming online through social media at Facebook.com/LCMuseums or Instagram.com/LCMuseums.