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Lalique Exhibit at Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA


Guest Mark McAlpine

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Guest Mark McAlpine

What a great start to the 2018 year.  On Saturday, January 13th, 49 Tidewater Region (TRAACA) members & friends toured the René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass and the Picturing Innovations:  The First 100 Years at NASA Langley Research Center exhibits at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA (followed by lunch at the nearby local favorite restaurant—Freemason Abbey—a refurbished former church originally built in 1873).  The Lalique collection was beautifully displayed and included jewelry, medallions, perfume bottles, lamps, clocks, tableware, and automobile mascots (automobile hood ornaments).   To our delight, there were numerous Lalique automobile mascots on display.  The photos below are only part of the display.

 

The NASA Research Center photo exhibit was particularly relevant to Tidewater Members because the center is located in Hampton, VA—part of the Tidewater area—and is a significant part of the U.S. space and aviation programs including training astronauts for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, testing the Apollo Lunar Landing Module, pilots testing experimental aircraft, and its wind tunnels testing all U.S. military fighter aircraft since 1960 (including F-111, F-14, F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, and Joint Strike Fighter).

 

(Note this info is from the article Marion wrote for the TRAACA's newsletter.)

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