Lockheed Constellation watercolor by John T. McCoy, courtesy of SFO Museum, gift of Pan Am Historical Foundation*
The Pan Am Historical Foundation was established in 1992 to preserve and promote the legacy of Pan American World Airways. The mission was exciting.
Initiated by a small group of former Pan Am employees, the Foundation addressed the threat that a comprehensive account of the company's historic contributions to aviation could be lost through the dissolution of corporate records and artifacts in the aftermath of Pan Am's ceasing operations in 1991. The Foundation's newly formed board of directors successfully raised the needed funds and acquired such assets through the bankruptcy proceedings and subsequently placed them with appropriate organizations for professional stewardship. These repositories of the Pan Am legacy now include History Miami; The SFO Museum; The Smithsonian Institution and the University of Miami, Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections.
From less than a dozen members at its beginnings, the Foundation's general membership had grown to include many hundreds of individuals, all dedicated to the goal of saving and sharing the Pan Am story for current and future generations. Both the entire general membership and the board of directors volunteer their services to this cause. In recent years the Foundation has furthered its mission by seeking partnership opportunities with other important organizations within the Pan Am family.
Recent efforts have been jointly conducted with the Clipper Pioneers, World Wings International, the Pan Am Association/West Coast Chapter, and Pan Amigo. Ongoing Foundation projects include a Pan Am documentary film, the pursuit of a permanent museum (in development), and long-term strategies to energize public knowledge and appreciation for the many contributions made to America and the world, by Pan American World Airways.
For more information on the Foundation membership opportunities, please contact:
Pan Am Historical Foundation
1275 Fairfax Avenue - Suite 747
San Francisco, CA 94124-1759
Questions? Call Membership @ 415-682-4007 Ext. 13
Courtesy of SFO Museum, Gift of Pan Am Historical Foundation