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The collection was being stored in a room on the third floor of the Camillus municipal building, but Town Supervisor Mary Ann Coogan had asked the society to move their materials out of the space. Coogan noted to the Observer that the room was not handicap-accessible and was needed by the town for storage.

Luebs saw this as an opportunity to make the materials more available to the public.

"What we've never been able to do is have it accessible to people who are interested in history, and those who are interested simply in aviation," Luebs said.

He hoped that with support from the community, the collection could eventually be turned into a museum. The Aviation Historical Society's numbers have dwindled since forming in 1972; Luebs hoped to turn that trend around by recruiting some young volunteers.

The board expressed support for Luebs' goals, with just a few concerns -- one being that if materials were on display, village employees might be expected to answer questions about the airport's history.

Montero said he assumed the materials on display would be accompanied with explanatory literature, and Trustee Sharon Hannon suggested it be a self-guided tour.

Luebs said that with the materials he planned to display, "a guided tour would not be necessary. But if somebody here is involved with the program and wants to elaborate on it, then of course [guests] would get more out of it."

The museum would run on donations and volunteerism and not require admission or membership, Luebs said.

The board expressed concern over liability in the case of theft, but Luebs said society would retain full liability of the collection.

The board agreed to display the collection in village, and saw benefits to sharing the space with the Aviation Historical Society. Trustee Ben Davis expressed strong support of the idea as an opportunity for increased public interaction.

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