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Ohio To Open John Glenn Museum

May 27, 1998

NEW CONCORD, Ohio (AP) _ Plans for a museum honoring the first American to orbit Earth are getting off the ground in John Glenn’s hometown.

Community leaders voted last week to buy an abandoned building that could be a museum site.

Glenn supporters came up with the plan after Glenn announced last year that he will retire at the end of this term as Ohio’s senior U.S. senator. NASA announced in January that Glenn will make his second space flight this fall, on the space shuttle Discovery.

Glenn made history by orbiting Earth in 1962. But the museum planned for New Concord, about 70 miles east of Columbus, will not dwell solely on Glenn’s space flight.

``It’s the John and Annie Glenn Museum. They are an extraordinarily close couple,″ said Samuel Speck, Muskingum College president and a member of the informal museum committee.

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