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Acknowledgements

There are several people and institutions we need to thank, because without their help, we would never have been able to put this exhibit together. First, I'd like to extend my sincere thanks to my colleagues at the North Carolina Museum of History. The museum's staff jumped right into this topic and enthusiastically supported all of our proposed commemorative initiatives, which included a festival, a 1,500-square-foot exhibit, and several other programmatic events. For this web exhibit specifically, I need to thank photographer Kent Thompson for photographing artifacts and editor Stephen Evans for editing an earlier version of the material herein. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

A-B Emblem, of Weaverville, North Carolina, provided excellent information regarding their production of NASA mission patches and generously loaned a priceless artifact for our museum exhibit.

The Eustis Historical Museum, of Eustis, Florida, shared with me their research files on George Cox's career and involvement in the Project Mercury recoveries.

LtCol George S. Converse, USMC (Ret), was instrumental at the beginning of the research phase of this project by submitting several helpful books, articles, and other items about aerospace history in North Carolina, particularly coastal connections.

Maj George F. Cox, USMC (Ret), generously volunteered his time to be interviewed about his experiences recovering Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom and shared many of the relevant photographs and documents that appear here in the exhibit.

Nan Lafferty

Rogallo Foundation

Dr. Christine Darden

Col Catherine D. Barker, USMC (Ret)