AURORA, Colo. – Aurora’s Stanley Aviation was a leader in aerospace engineering and manufacturing for over 50 years. Now, Stanley Marketplace, a community of like-minded businesses and people, keeps innovating at the same location.
Aurora History Museum’s newest exhibit, “From Manufacturing to Marketplace: Innovation at Stanley Aviation,” runs March 14 through July 9 and highlights the technology and the people that made Stanley Aviation a success. The exhibit provides insight about how Stanley Aviation’s history of innovation has carried on into the new Stanley Marketplace. Stanley Marketplace’s redevelopment of the former aviation facility embraces the site’s history in a new community-focused marketplace.
Every Sunday during the exhibit, the Aurora History Museum will feature the Robert Stanley Innovation Station, which will test museum visitors’ problem-solving and innovation skills in the spirit of Stanley Aviation.
Originally founded in Buffalo, New York, in 1948 by aviation pioneer Robert Stanley, the company opened its Aurora facility at 2501 Dallas St. in 1954. Stanley Aviation designed, developed and manufactured ejection seats as well as other innovative air and aerospace technologies until it closed its Aurora facilities in 2007. Local entrepreneurs bought the property in 2014 and turned it into Stanley Marketplace, which opened its doors in late 2016.
Admission to the Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway, is always free. For more information, call 303.739.6660 or visit AuroraMuseum.org.