Thursday’s Museum Visit

On Thursday March 29, 2018. our group returned to the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum to gather more media for the Scalar project that we’re working on about the history of the Pueblo Army Air Base.  We had hoped to gain access to one of the glass cases that contained many photographs of the base and its personnel, but unfortunately neither the museum’s president or vice president were on the premises to provide that access.  The trip was not wasted, however, since we were able to gather other media from exhibits elsewhere in the museum.

One exhibit in particular that we wished to photograph was a model of Pueblo Army Air Base sometimes referred to as the “sand table”.  The table has a clear acrylic covering that makes photography difficult due to reflections from the overhead lights.  The four of us were able to remove the large acrylic cover, and this allowed a series of panoramic photos to be taken from overhead that should add nicely to our Scalar project.  Other photos were taken in the museum as well, and these will be uploaded to the Scalar’s media section to be peppered throughout the project as deemed appropriate.

Another visit to the aircraft museum is planned to gather the media from the display that we were unable to get on this occasion.  We have a deal in place with the museum staff that we will clean the inside of the case in exchange for access to the material.  This should prove mutually beneficial to both us and the museum, and we would like to thank the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and their staff for their assistance.  If it were not for them, this project would likely not be possible.

Difficulty with Scalar Sorted Out

We have been having difficulty getting everyone oriented on the same scalar page.  We each have our own page, but getting those pages to coordinate was not working.  Initially we decided to use Shanon Sinclair’s scalar for all of us to work on, but this proved difficult because of accessibility reason.  Shanon did not sign-up for scalar through Reclaim Hosting like the rest of us had, so for some reason it would not recognize the rest of us.  After working with the program for awhile, we were finally able to get everyone equal access to Michael Moore’s scalar found at  Unfortunately, we had to re accomplish some of the work that had already been done on Shanon’s scalar, but now we are back on track.   I feel like this will make all future work we are doing on the Pueblo Army Air Base much simpler, and I will soon be adding my chronology to it as soon as it is done.

Starting Pueblo Army Air Base Chronology

I am starting a chronology of important events for our scalar project about the Pueblo Army Air Base.  It will not be an all inclusive chronology, but rather one that just focuses on key events that occur from the base’s start in 1942 until its end in 1946.  We have not determined yet if this will be its own page in the scalar or if it will be a sub-heading to another page.  I think it will be an important addition to the project either way.  I am using the electronic archives on loan to us from the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and Dr. Ray Sisson’s book that also timelines the base but in more detail than I intend.

Professor Rees is Introduced to the Project

Today we were able to bring Professor Rees to the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum to show him everything we had concerning our project. Prior to this, I think there was some misconceptions about whether or not our project was achievable, but I am glad to say that we have now won his support. We were able to show him the available media and the museum’s library which includes the electronic archives and paper archives of the unit’s newspapers and other information about the base. Together we decided to concentrate on the relationship that the base had with the surrounding community of Pueblo, Colorado. This narrows our project’s focus into an achievable arena, and it provides us with a specific direction in which to place our attentions when organizing our scalar.

Beginning of new Colorado History project

On Thursday, January 25th, my small group of fellow researchers and I began the process of determining if our idea for a research project based on the history of the Pueblo Army Air Base is viable or not.  We were heartened to find that the staff at the Pueblo Weisbrod Air Museum were all too happy to assist us in our endeavor and have offered us access to the digitized archives from the base.  We also have access to artifacts from the base that are found within the museum itself.  The trick will be sifting through the archives to determine if we can make heads or tails out of what’s available to us.  If it appears that there is just too much information in a disorganized manner, we may have to fall back on an easier project.  Updates to come…