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Reception, medals honor aviator

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is issuing art medals commemorating pioneer American-Jewish aviator Arthur Welsh, who lived 1881-1912.
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The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is issuing art medals commemorating pioneer American-Jewish aviator Arthur Welsh, who lived 1881-1912.

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The medals are being issued in conjunction with a public reception, symposium and exhibition at 7 p.m. June 12 at the College Park, Md., Aviation Museum – almost exactly a century after Welsh’s tragic death while testing a military plane at the College Park airfield.

The event is free to the public and will feature speakers and the dedication of a commemorative sign honoring Welsh’s unique place in aviation history.

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More than 40 years later this remains the only book on this specialized series of exposition, commemorative and monetary medals approximating dollar size.

The 2-1/4 inch medals, sculpted by medallist Alex Shagin, feature a portrait of the young aviator and the quote, “Welsh taught me everything I know,” from the autobiography of Henry H. (Hap) Arnold.

A maximum of 180 bronze, 150 silver-plated bronze and 50 gold-plated bronze medals are available at issue prices of $50, $75 and $100, respectively. Orders can be placed by calling (818) 225-1348.

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