Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum

Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum Our mission at Vintage Wings and Wheels is to preserve and communicate transportation heritage.
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Our museum campus has an assortment of historical buildings. The queen of the campus is the Waukesha Hangar, a reclaimed 1937 airplane hangar which houses our unique museum. Outside you can also visit our historic Slim's Garage, "fill up" at our historic Sunoco Gas Station, or just take in the beauty of our pastoral landscape while experiencing the thrill of airplanes taking off nearby. The Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum is a great place to visit again and again for new exhibits and events throughout the year. Be sure to check us out during our open season (April 1st to December 31st) and see for yourself why we are a great historical and cultural center for the community, the county, and beyond.

Great turnout for Haunted Rockford at the Museum tonight!
05/10/2019

Great turnout for Haunted Rockford at the Museum tonight!

Thank you to all the Museum and EAA members who showed up in Peoria last night to help celebrate receiving this award
05/08/2019

Thank you to all the Museum and EAA members who showed up in Peoria last night to help celebrate receiving this award

The Museum has a great opening week.  On April 28 we had a members’ preview with 82 guests. May 1, a class of aviation...
05/06/2019

The Museum has a great opening week. On April 28 we had a members’ preview with 82 guests. May 1, a class of aviation maintenance students visited us, and on May 2 we had 75 fifth graders from Caledonia Elementary School on a field trip. Saturday May 4 was our official opening to the public. Our Grilling and Chilling cookout sold out, and we had 156 visitors come through the Museum! All who came to members preview and those who joined or renewed on Saturday were entered into a drawing for 2 Murder Mystery dinner tickets in October. Congratulations Pamela Lopez-Fettes. Your name was drawn!

Wonderful turnout for Museum”s opening day... lots of families, many discovering the museum for the first time, and fo...
05/04/2019

Wonderful turnout for Museum”s opening day... lots of families, many discovering the museum for the first time, and food all sold out. Our wonderful volunteers made the day extra special: Steve Cavaliere, Mary Conklin, Pamela Lopez-Fettes, Tom Foster, Connie Fowler, Leah Kays, Mikayla Koch, Steve Osseck, Stephanie Plourde, Steve Plourde, and Cindy Starzyk. And of course, Museum Staff Mike Frederiksen and Trudy Konopka. Trudy couldn’t be there but she organized the whole event and made every’s job easy. Lots of fly-ins too! Thanks to everyone who came out today.

Wow!   Great new interactive children’s area in the museum debuts this Saturday May 4 !!
05/03/2019

Wow! Great new interactive children’s area in the museum debuts this Saturday May 4 !!

We are SO excited for tonight’s Members Preview!  The museum exhibits are exceptional with awesome touchstones to aid ...
04/28/2019

We are SO excited for tonight’s Members Preview! The museum exhibits are exceptional with awesome touchstones to aid visitors in feeling history through the words of those who lived it.

TODAY! April 28, 5-7 pm is our member’s preview. Join at the door that night and be among the first to see new exhibits, enjoy some refreshments, and enter for a chance to win two tickets to our October Murder Mystery Dinner.....soon to be known as The Detective’s Dinner!

Museum sneak peak as we near season opening!  This Sunday April 28, 5-7 pm is our member’s preview.  Join at the door ...
04/26/2019

Museum sneak peak as we near season opening! This Sunday April 28, 5-7 pm is our member’s preview. Join at the door that night and be among the first to see new exhibits, enjoy some refreshments, and enter for a chance to win two tickets to our October Murder Mystery Dinner.....soon to be known as The Detective’s Dinner!

2019 Working
04/16/2019

2019 Working

Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum's cover photo
04/16/2019

Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum's cover photo

We need your help!  We have walls to paint and supplies to do it but not enough hands.  Today and Saturday we are in a c...
04/05/2019

We need your help! We have walls to paint and supplies to do it but not enough hands. Today and Saturday we are in a crunch to get several walls prepped and painted.
We will also need help next week getting things put together and cleaned.
Call Trudy at 815-990-1055 or museum office if you can help.

Thank you Steve McGreevy (far right) for taking time to give a tour of the Curtiss Jenny project today.  Glider pilot Ge...
02/24/2019

Thank you Steve McGreevy (far right) for taking time to give a tour of the Curtiss Jenny project today. Glider pilot Geoff Weck, Perlan Project Chief Test Pilot Jim Payne, and Chicagoland Glider Council Chairman John DeRosa came out on this very windy Sunday to see the project along with a mini tour of the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum by curator Mike Frederiksen. They also checked out our restored 1941 Aeronca Chief and Lon Dienst’s Jeep airplane. Thanks for stopping by!

2019 Scholarship Application now available online!  Make sure you download information letter along with application.htt...
01/11/2019
Scholarships - Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum

2019 Scholarship Application now available online! Make sure you download information letter along with application.
https://www.poplargrovewingsandwheels.com/index.asp?SEC=206D495E-1F35-4574-8C74-3BE830CEBA15&Type=B_BASIC

Each year the Poplar Grove Aviation Education Association and the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum award a series of scholarships aimed at helping youth pursue their careers in both the aviation and automotive industries. Thanks to the generosity of the Thomas Family, donations to the Poplar Grove Vi...

Our best turnout ever for Santa at the museum.... over 100 people and over 50 of them children!  The Belvidere North Cho...
12/02/2018

Our best turnout ever for Santa at the museum.... over 100 people and over 50 of them children! The Belvidere North Choraliers under the direction of Dr. Philip Vermilion put on a fabulous show and serenaded the crowd with favorite carols old and new. Thanks Katie and Steve Mc Greevy for the beautiful and delicious cookies, Edwards Apple Orchard for the hot cider, Wally and Cheryl Falardeau for your support, our wonderful volunteers, and of course Santa Claus!

Thank you to all who came as the Museum closed out the 2018 season. It has been memorable. See everyone in April 2019!

12/02/2018

Santa at the museum!

The Beautiful Hamilton Hangar.  What a Transformation!  Thank you so much to Cindy, Steve O, Larry, Wally, Steve C., and...
11/05/2018

The Beautiful Hamilton Hangar. What a Transformation! Thank you so much to Cindy, Steve O, Larry, Wally, Steve C., and Ken. A cleaning that was so needed. It was a lot of hard work, but worth all the effort.

Steve McGreevy varnishing the first of four wings for the Jenny.
11/02/2018

Steve McGreevy varnishing the first of four wings for the Jenny.

THIS IS A SCARY SITUATION!WE COULD USE SOME HELP CLEANING UP THE HAMILTON HANGAR.FRIDAY; NOVEMBER 2, 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM...
10/31/2018

THIS IS A SCARY SITUATION!
WE COULD USE SOME HELP CLEANING UP THE HAMILTON HANGAR.
FRIDAY; NOVEMBER 2, 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
Please leave message if you can come.

Please consider designating your Amazon purchases to benefit our Museum’s programs!  Use our 501c3 name: Poplar Grove ...
10/29/2018

Please consider designating your Amazon purchases to benefit our Museum’s programs! Use our 501c3 name: Poplar Grove Aviation Education Association.
We thank you!

Special Appreciation Award last night for Tom Foster (proud mom Sarah Foster over his shoulder!) Tom has helped as greet...
10/18/2018

Special Appreciation Award last night for Tom Foster (proud mom Sarah Foster over his shoulder!) Tom has helped as greeter, docent, junior curator, and all around helper this year.

Gregg Erikson and Cindy Starzyk were named Volunteers of the Year at Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum last night.
10/18/2018

Gregg Erikson and Cindy Starzyk were named Volunteers of the Year at Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum last night.

The 2018 Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser is a wrap!   Once again we thank our sponsors and advertisers for making the t...
10/11/2018

The 2018 Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser is a wrap! Once again we thank our sponsors and advertisers for making the two performances a financial success, and we thank our guests for making the whole event FUN!

Thanks to our wonderful Sponsors:

Premier: Wallem Associates
Supporting: Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services
Contributing: Sam Darby
Event Patrons:
AME-Goellner
Byron Bank
Davd & Diane Graf
HydeOut Bar and Grill
Poplar Grove State Bank
Program Patrons:
Jack Wolf Cadillac
Joanne Forys
Gambino Realtors
Mark & Andrea Harris
Marc Kresmery
Jerry Butitta Automotive
Swedish American Hospital

Thanks to the following Advertisers:
Poplar Grove Airport
R.J. Daniels Fuel & Tire
LD Airshows
Chuck Jansen & Dawn Hecox
Bob Schofield - Dickerson & Nieman
Edwards Orchard

Event Committee:
Stephanie Butler, Lolly Fox, Peggy Fry, Trudy Konopka and Judi Zangs
Props and Costuming:
Rock Valley Community Theatre, Victoria Benson, Stacy Dietz, Lolly Fox,
Sherry Hicks, Ken Morris, Lorraine Morris, and Donnie Stine
Playbill Design and Publishing:
Diann Anderson
Technical Engineers:
Mike Frederiksen and Mark Harris
Dinner Volunteers:
Steve Cavaliere, Steve Dietz, Joe Hesano, Kim Hesano, Paul Hofmann,
Kathe Keithley,Pamela Lopez-Fettes, Ken Morris and Rabecca Sticker

AND LAST but certainly NOT least!
Our Vintage Players Cast and Crew

MAYDAY! MAYDAY!... MURDER!
Directed by Phil Keithley and Peggy Fry

And of course our cast, THE VINTAGE PLAYERS!
Standing: Joanna Dowling, Jeff Wallem, Peggy Fry, Stacy Dietz, Jeff Dowling, and Emily Gaddini. Seated: Phil Keithley, Rob Fry, and Scott Gaddini.

Thanks to YEA leader Chuck Jansen for flying the Aeronca Chief to Rockford Airport on Saturday so it could be on display...
10/01/2018

Thanks to YEA leader Chuck Jansen for flying the Aeronca Chief to Rockford Airport on Saturday so it could be on display during the Boy Scout’s Air Camp. Also thanks to YEA member Joey Howe for being on hand to promote our program to other Scouts.

Trial fit of the floorboards....thanks Steve Langdon for the photo and update.
09/27/2018

Trial fit of the floorboards....thanks Steve Langdon for the photo and update.

What a great sight here at the Museum.  1920-30's Antique car road ride stopped for lunch and tours.  They will be here ...
09/27/2018

What a great sight here at the Museum. 1920-30's Antique car road ride stopped for lunch and tours. They will be here until about 2:30 pm. Stop by if you are in the area.

What a great presentation last night by Mike Frederiksen and American Airlines flight attendant (and historian) Craig Bo...
09/27/2018

What a great presentation last night by Mike Frederiksen and American Airlines flight attendant (and historian) Craig Bowerman on the history of airline stewardesses and the evolution of their uniforms. Thanks Cindy Starzyk for the photos. Still time before end of season to visit the museum and see our display of uniforms on loan from Craig and Lynn Turner, former Pan Am flight attendant.

More updates from Steve Langdon... Jenny on her tail skid.
09/15/2018

More updates from Steve Langdon... Jenny on her tail skid.

The Curtiss Jenny fuselage is out of the jig!   What a great team the Museum and EAA 1414 have working on this project! ...
09/15/2018

The Curtiss Jenny fuselage is out of the jig! What a great team the Museum and EAA 1414 have working on this project! Thanks Steve Langdon for the photos and update.

Murder Mystery dinner on Oct 6 and 7 filling up!   Saturday IS Sold Out!  .....  get your tickets for the Sunday perform...
09/13/2018
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER - October 6 and 7

Murder Mystery dinner on Oct 6 and 7 filling up! Saturday IS Sold Out! ..... get your tickets for the Sunday performance today!
https://www.poplargrovewingsandwheels.com/index.asp?SEC=C5BF375E-1F82-4729-A00B-335246D6C957&Type=B_BASIC

   MAYDAY MAYDAY, MURDER!    A MURDER MYSTERY DINNER Fundraiser Two performances, October 6 and 7   Presented by The Vintage Players   It's 1939... What started out as a routine flight to the Galapagos Islands ended in disaster when, as a result of unforeseen weather, t...

The cabling is finished on the Jenny! Way to go Brad Hansen, Don Perry and Steve McGreevy.  Thanks Steve Langdon for the...
09/08/2018

The cabling is finished on the Jenny! Way to go Brad Hansen, Don Perry and Steve McGreevy. Thanks Steve Langdon for the photos and the update!

09/01/2018

DOG N’BRATS for today is CANCELED!!!

Looks like we are going to have to cancel today’s Dog n’Brats lunch. Weather not cooperating.

September 1st - Only three days away from our last Dogs N' Brats of 2018 Summer Season. Bring your vintage Aircraft or c...
08/30/2018

September 1st - Only three days away from our last Dogs N' Brats of 2018 Summer Season. Bring your vintage Aircraft or come appreciate others. 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

MAYDAY MAYDAY, MURDER!  October 6 and 7.6th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Tickets and Sponsorships now available! https:/...
08/27/2018
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER - October 6 and 7

MAYDAY MAYDAY, MURDER! October 6 and 7.
6th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Tickets and Sponsorships now available!
https://www.poplargrovewingsandwheels.com/index.asp?SEC=C5BF375E-1F82-4729-A00B-335246D6C957&Type=B_BASIC

   MAYDAY MAYDAY, MURDER!    A MURDER MYSTERY DINNER Fundraiser Two performances, October 6 and 7   Presented by The Vintage Players   It's 1939... What started out as a routine flight to the Galapagos Islands ended in disaster when, as a result of unforeseen weather, t...

Aerolite 103
07/23/2018

Aerolite 103

Annual roadtrip from Florida to Oshkosh WI to exhibit the Aerolite 103. Follow along here, or follow #aerolite103 on Instagram.

07/20/2018

At the Museum:
Enjoyed a visit from Dennis, Jeanna and Guy on their way to AirVenture with their Aerolite 103's. Check them out if you are at EEA AirVenture. www.fly103.com

Check out the new radiator support bracket newly fitted on the Jenny. A red letter day at “The Home of the Jenny”.  ...
07/17/2018

Check out the new radiator support bracket newly fitted on the Jenny. A red letter day at “The Home of the Jenny”. Thanks Steve Langdon for the photo and update.

06/30/2018

Due to excessive heat warnings and possible severe storms tomorrow, the Wings and Wheels Museum will be closed Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1. We will reopen Thursday July 5.

Jenny stabilizer almost complete!  Thanks Wally Falardeau and David MacAllistar.
06/17/2018

Jenny stabilizer almost complete! Thanks Wally Falardeau and David MacAllistar.

For those who have been following progress on the Aeronca Chief being restored by the Museum’s Youth Exploring Aviatio...
06/15/2018

For those who have been following progress on the Aeronca Chief being restored by the Museum’s Youth Exploring Aviation Group from a pile of parts to a flying airplane, Thursday night was a MAJOR step: IT HAS WINGS!! Congratulations to the team of young people who have worked on it over the years, especially the ones who are meeting Thursdays and Saturdays to get it ready to go to Oshkosh THIS year. Thanks to all the Restoration team members who have been guiding the kids on the work. Photos courtesy of team leader Chuck Jansen.

Boy Scout Troop 141 did a fantastic job honoring the US Flag this morning.  Great group on young men, Tommy, Cohen, Zach...
06/14/2018

Boy Scout Troop 141 did a fantastic job honoring the US Flag this morning. Great group on young men, Tommy, Cohen, Zach, Tanner, Casey and Brody.
Thank you to Troop leader Tommy Carpenter for his great direction and organization.

Happy Flag Day!   Those near Poplar Grove, come out to the Wings and Wheels Museum to celebrate our American Flag with a...
06/14/2018

Happy Flag Day! Those near Poplar Grove, come out to the Wings and Wheels Museum to celebrate our American Flag with a short ceremony by the Boy Scouts, 10am at the flagpole. Drawing for flag flown over the US Capitol for all children present.

Every summer the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum hosts a lecture series on the 4th Wednesday of every month...
06/14/2018

Every summer the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum hosts a lecture series on the 4th Wednesday of every month from May until September.

On June 27th, we will be welcoming Keith Mulford to come speak about his grandfather Colonel Samuel J. Price.

In 1918, Samuel Price learned to fly on a Curtiss JN-4D Jenny. During his career he flew everything from Jennys to jets. Join us as we delve into the fascinating life of this adventurous young man from the beginning of the last century.

Following the lecture we invite everyone to join us in the Waukesha Hangar for light snacks and refreshments. The Mulford Family has generously loaned numerous artifacts from Colonel Price’s career to the museum including many from his Jenny days. If you have not seen the new Jenny exhibit this would be a perfect opportunity.

Belvidere Park District is hosting a Neighborhood Picnic and Movie Night at the Museum.  Thursday, June 14th7:00 Picnic ...
06/13/2018

Belvidere Park District is hosting a Neighborhood Picnic and Movie Night at the Museum.
Thursday, June 14th
7:00 Picnic and Movie at Dusk. Bring lawn chairs or blanket and the entire family.

Join us Thursday morning, June 14th, for a Flag Day Ceremony.  10:00-10:30 am. at the Museum Flag Pole. Ceremony let by ...
06/13/2018

Join us Thursday morning, June 14th, for a Flag Day Ceremony. 10:00-10:30 am. at the Museum Flag Pole. Ceremony let by Boy Scout Troop 141.
Cookies and Coffee to follow.

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5151 Orth Rd # A1
Poplar Grove, IL
61065

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