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Donated Helium Gives Museum a Lift- 6/21/2012
When the Genesee Country Village & Museum set out last year to build and fly the world’s first replica of a Civil War manned helium balloon, the Intrepid, little did it know the dream could collapse from a nationwide helium shortage. Now, thanks to a donation of 50,000 cubic feet of helium by Macy’s—a brand known for the giant helium-filled balloons that grace Manhattan’s skies every Thanksgiving morning—the Intrepid will begin flying this July 4 outside of Rochester, NY. The balloon will take guests 300 feet (32 stories) into the sky, simulating what some of the world’s first military pilots experienced 150 years ago.
“With our unique connection to helium ballooning, we had the opportunity to help Genesee Country Village & Museum fulfill its dream to open this one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibit,” says Russell Schutte, senior vice president & director of stores, Macy’s Midwest. “The result will benefit not only the people of Western New York, but visitors who will travel from across the U.S. and overseas to experience the wonder and history of flight.”
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