Recent Acquisition: Neil Armstrong Welcome Home Parade
Posted September 18, 2023

By Daniel Willis, Audiovisual Archivist

The Ohio History Connection recently acquired a new photograph collection documenting a moment in the life of Neil Armstrong. The collection, AV 362 Neil Armstrong Welcome Home Parade, features photographs taken of Armstrong and other participants in a “Welcome Home” parade held in Wapakoneta on September 6th, 1969,. This parade occurred after his return from the Moon and the Apollo 11 mission in July, 1969. The parade was part of a grand celebration of the occasion and featured individuals from across the state and country. Some notable people in attendance included Armstrong himself, entertainer Bob Hope, Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes, and Armstrong’s parents Stephen and Viola.

A parade float made in the image of the moon. The American flag is planted on the float. The float is driving past a crowd of people.

A parade float representing the Moon drives past a crowd during the Armstrong Welcome Home Parade.

This new collection offers views of parade cars and floats making their way through crowds and provides angles of the parade not seen in our other collections. In total there are ten new photographs in this collection that expand Ohio History Connection's coverage of this significant piece of American, and Ohio, history. Other collections in the Ohio History Connection Archives featuring photographs of this parade include AV 203 the Neil A. Armstrong Homecomings Collection and P 402 the Neil A. Armstrong Collection.

Click here to see other images of the Neil Armstrong Homecoming from AV 203



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above: A photograph from the collection of a parade car carrying Bob Hope. Hope acted as grand marshal for the parade honoring Neil Armstrong.

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