Cache Valley: An Airminded Community



Sharing the Legacy: The Traveling Cache Valley Aviation Exhibit

This exhibit is designed to make people aware of the rich aviation heritage that exists in Cache Valley and how the airmindedness of locals has helped shape Cache Valley for the better. The exhibit offers an overview of the history of aviation in Cache Valley from 1911 to 1960, with major sections about pioneers in this field, World War II pilots, and postwar changes to flying.

Sources used to construct and inform this project vary. Many of the sources are located in the Merrill-Cazier Library Special Collections & Archives, including yearbooks, chamber of commerce minutes, various deans’ papers, photograph collections, and more items that explore the topic of aviation in Cache Valley. Another important resource was newspaper articles, most of which are found through the Utah Digital Newspapers database. Information for all of these sources can be seen in the accompanying exhibit text. The exhibit is also interactive, asking community members to recall and record their memories of personal experiences as well as places. Combining a spread of citizens from different backgrounds and adding their stories to the narrative helps paint a comprehensive picture of Cache Valley’s aviation legacy.[1]

This exhibit allows for reflection of those who have experienced some of this history, and offers a glimpse at what was for those who are unaware. Sharing these stories may be just what is needed to inform and encourage the next generation of Cache Valley aviation involvement and continue the element of airmindedness.

Exhibition Credits:

  • Alison Gardner (Scanning Assistance)
  • Shay Larsen (Graphic Designer)
  • James Mullen (Scanning Technician)
  • Darcy Pumphrey (Digital Project Manager)
  • Maren Stephens (Scanning Technician)
  • Abby Thorne (Digital Exhibit Designer, Copy Editor)
  • Landon Wilkey (Exhibit Curator)
  • Megan Wilson (Scanning Technician)


[1] Worthwhile local histories no longer focus solely on the white men of tremendous influence within a community but use a holistic lens to capture all cultures, classes, and places. The research for this exhibit may not come from an incredibly diverse group, but it will seek the broadest scope of participants possible to represent the experiences of many.; Carol Kammen, On Doing Local History (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).; Joseph Anthony Amato, Rethinking Home: A Case for Writing Local History (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002).