In order to promote The Cold War Museum, I created a mobile exhibit on the U-2 Incident from personal artifacts and have displayed it internationally for over 20 years. It is currently on loan at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.
There is a flat rate rental fee calculated on the distance involved to host and cover the expenses for the mobile U-2 Incident display that will cover my two trips to the host facility to set up and break down the exhibit (travel, shipping to/from, lodging, meals, etc.). The host organization will need to provide insurance for the exhibit from time of pick up to time of return and is an additional cost. I will either have it shipped via transport company or will drive it down myself depending on the dates that are agreed upon and the distance involved.
Some institutions have been able to find sponsors to provide complementary hotel, airfare, and or other travel expenses which lower the overall rental cost. A few organizations have hosted a gala, reception, or private dinner that generates income through ticket sales and sponsors to cover costs.
If there is an interest in having me make a presentation as part of the grand opening of the exhibit, I would request a separate honorarium. I would give a one hour overview of the U-2 Incident, show two short videos, discuss the creation of The Cold War Museum, and answer questions. I would bring copies of my father’s book with me that I had republished in 2006 and wrote the epilog for to do a book signing afterwards. The exhibit and presentation have been very well received and generates good media exposure for the host institution.
I would need to utilize four to five display cases and wall space (Velcro backing) at the host facility. Artifacts, blown-up pictures, and text cards would be provided. The exhibit can be made as large or as small as space permits.
The U-2 mobile exhibit has been displayed internationally at the Bodo Aviation Centerinin Bodo, Norway and the Allied Museum in Berlin,Germany. In theWashington,DC area the exhibit has been displayed at George Mason University, the City of Fairfax Museum and Visitor’s Center, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National War College, and the National Security Administration’s Cryptologic Museum.
Nationally, the exhibit has been displayed at such sites as the Strategic Air Command Museum, the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum, the United States Air Force Museum, the George C. Marshall Museum, the Pima Air and Space Museum, the National Atomic Museum, the Florida International Museum, the Museum of Flight, the EAA in Oshkosh, the Virginia Historical Society, and the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN.
In addition, I have arranged for the loan or donation of artifacts and exhibit material to American Government agencies (CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA, NRO), a variety of internationally recognized organizations including: the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the USAF Museum, the KGB Museum in Moscow, the Diefenbunker Museum, RockwellCollins, Gallery5, and several European museums.
Below are a few photos of the mobile U-2 Incident exhibit, here is a YouTube video. If you have an interest in booking the mobile U-2 Incident Exhibit or talking with me about the loan of other material from my personal collection, please send me an email via my Contact page.