|By Carmelo Turdo|
Mr. Segura articulated the need to retain the institutional history of Boeing and its legacy companies as the Boeing Company turns 100 years old and continues on to another century. "It's the responsibility of those of the present to capture the past going forward into the future," he said. Another way of saying this is displayed at the James S. McDonnell Prologue Room at Boeing's St. Louis headquarters: "The Past is Prologue." The phrase is based on the Shakespearean phrase, "What is past is prologue," which means a past act has set up a future action. In this context, it can be demonstrated that the aerospace heritage forged by McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, Douglas Aircraft Company, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, North American Aviation, and the Boeing Company has formed the current Boeing Company.
|(Paul Segura presentation slide)|
"We have inherited all that heritage and knowledge," Segura continued, describing the general nature of the archives retained principally at the Everett, WA and St. Louis, MO campuses. Along with archives, Boeing retains an Historical Library, exhibits in various buildings (including the James S. McDonnell Prologue Room), and of course shares the Boeing Centennial celebration.
Details about the Boeing Centennial celebration can be found on the company's dedicated web page. The film, "The Age of Aerospace," was produced for airing on the Science Channel. The "Your Story Is Our Story" program encourages Boeing and its legacy company employees and retirees to contribute their experiences in the company for the archives. Boeing archives will also be posted periodically. New education and outreach programs have been created, and the travelling exhibit, "Above and Beyond," is currently at the St. Louis Science Center through May 8, 2016. Commemorative merchandise is also available at the Boeing Store. Boeing is also a sponsor of the Spirit of St. Louis Airshow, May 14-15, 2016.