Countdown to the Moon Landing Anniversary: Five Weeks

Neil and his parents Stephen and Viola (at right) attend dedication of moon landing bust. Bust reads "Neil A. Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Apollo XI". More than 80,000 supporters greeted Neil Armstrong upon his return to Wapakoneta, Ohio on September 6, 1969. Bob Hope served as marshal for the event, and guests included "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon, Governor James Rhodes, Mayor Donald Wittwer, and Dr. Albert Sabin, inventor of the polio vaccine.

Neil and his parents Stephen and Viola (at right) attend dedication of moon landing bust.  More than 80,000 supporters greeted Neil Armstrong upon his return to Wapakoneta, Ohio on September 6, 1969.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong – a Wapakoneta, Ohio native – became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. With the 45th Anniversary of this historic moment fast approaching, each week an object from our collection related to the landing will be highlighted on the collections blog.

The first object (H 43632) is a moon hat made by Leona Campbell. She created this hat in Los Angeles, California, to wear in a ladies’ hat parade on August 20, 1969. Not only did Mrs. Campbell proudly make and H43642wear this hat in celebration of the moon landing, but she also won a first place ribbon in the competition. Her hat depicts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the U.S. flag on the surface of the moon next to the Eagle lunar module, while floating above the moon’s surface is the Columbia command module, with Michael Collins shown inside.

Check back next Tuesday to see the latest artifact commemorating the first moon landing.

Caitlin Smith, History Collections Intern

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