Roosevelt Field and the Cradle of Aviation Museum present Roosevelt Field Aviators: Exhibit and NFT Collection, on display at the Roosevelt Field shopping center in Garden City, NY from February 5th – 27th.
The exhibit will incorporate eight large panels of historic photos from the museum’s archive celebrating the famous airfield, plus many of the brave and culturally diverse aviators that were photographed here in the 1920s and 30s by local photographer John Drennan.
The years from the end of World War I until storm clouds once again darkened the horizon in World War II were an age of momentous progress for private aviation. During this ‘Golden Age’ of aviation, Long Island, and especially Roosevelt Field, was the center of the aviation world. Fliers came from all over the country, indeed the world, just to fly or be seen here. The greatest aviators of the day made Roosevelt Field their home or port of call. Long Island aviation, and Roosevelt Field in particular, was a unique place among American aeronautical centers. The many flying schools centered about Roosevelt Field eagerly accepted both women and minorities for flight training whereas most other aviation schools elsewhere in America did not. This gave Long Island aviation a surprising amount of cultural diversity among its aviators, most unique for this time.
The exhibit will feature an overview of the airfield’s history during the ‘Golden age’ of aviation in the 1920s and 30s, and an NFT collection of aviators, from famous to unknown, who were photographed here at that time. These remarkable photographs are from the Drennan Collection in the museum’s archive and many have never been seen in public. NFTs are ‘Non-Fungible Tokens’ which are digital certificates of authenticity verified using blockchain technology. Proceeds from the sale of these NFTs will help fund the museum’s education and preservation programs and help to establish the museum’s footprint in the coming web3 metaverse.
Roosevelt Field is located at the intersection of Old Country Road and Meadowbrook Parkway, Garden City, NY. For more information, please go to www.simon.com/mall/roosevelt-field
Cradle of Aviation Museum – Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530