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New England Takes Flight: 100 Years of Aerospace History

New England Takes Flight: 100 Years of Aerospace History

Instructor: Amanda Goodheart Parks
Course time(s): 48027 SEE 282-1X: W, 5/1, 2:00-4:00 pm
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Senior Symposia classes are designed for ages 50 and older, though persons of all ages are welcome to attend. All symposia take place at the John Zon Community Center located at 35 Pleasant Street in Greenfield.

From early flying machines to supersonic jet engines, from helicopters to space-suit life-support systems, New England has played an important role in the story of flight, both past and present.  By highlighting the stories of pioneering local aviators, as well as lesser-known contributors to our region’s unique aerospace heritage, Amanda Goodheart Parks will chronicle over 100 years of aerospace history in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts by drawing from the extensive collection of the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.


Amanda Goodheart Parks has worked as a public historian, museum educator, and historical interpreter for more than a decade.  She earned her Ph.D. in history from UMass Amherst and currently serves as the director of education at the New England Air Museum, where she manages school, youth, and public programming focusing on the history of flight.