Passing of John Glenn

New Concord, Ohio Historic Site Expresses Sadness at the Passing of Former Astronaut and U.S. Senator John H. Glenn, Jr.

NEW CONCORD, OHIO – Members of the Board of Trustees of the John & Annie Glenn Museum Foundation, that manages the John & Annie Glenn Museum in Glenn’s hometown of New Concord, Ohio, join the millions of people who mourn the death of former Astronaut and U.S. Senator, John H. Glenn, Jr.

“In the darkest days of the Cold War, Glenn’s 1962 orbital flight in Friendship 7 restored Americans’ faith in themselves and their country,” said Don McKendry, Emeritus Director and one of the originators of the site.

The museum is housed on Main Street in Glenn’s boyhood home. It features a variety of displays from his childhood in the village to his military, space and political careers. On the main floor of the home, living history tours of 1935 (during the Great Depression) and 1942 (during WWII) teach about life during those very important times in American history. The Historic Site also plans to unveil a presentation of 1962 (the year of his flight and the coldest part of the cold war) next year.

Not only did John Glenn have a long and distinguished military career, he also put New Concord on the map in 1962 when he orbited Earth, he was Ohio’s longest serving U.S. Senator, and he returned to space in 1998 at the age of 77, the oldest person ever in space. “He’ll be remembered world-wide for these accomplishments,” said Debbie Allender, Director of the Museum, “but many of us here will remember him for his kindness, his love of children and his cooperation in creating this museum for them and future generations.”

Officials at the museum also mentioned that John & Annie Glenn will also be remembered for their “storybook” marriage. “Theirs was a story to cherish and we always will.” said McKendry.