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A collection of items from one of the most iconic programs in television history comes to the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester next week. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 8, and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 27, “Star Trek Screen-Used Props and Costumes” offers a unique collection of screen-used and production-made artifacts that span decades, including costumes, weapons, communicators, and even pieces of the starship Enterprise.

Star Trek Prop designer Michael Moore.

“We are extremely thrilled to present this amazing assortment of items that incorporates the many worlds of Star Trek. You don’t need to be a Trekkie or know about each different cast and crew to appreciate this exhibit,” said Paul Kahan, AHMEC’s executive director. “People of all ages and interests will appreciate the creativity, imagination, and skill that encompassed everything that made Star Trek great.”

Opening the exhibit is a “Museum Member’s Only” Sneak Preview with legendary prop designer Michael Moore on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Moore has over 30 years of experience in the film and entertainment industry, specializing in prop fabrication and consumer product prototyping. He’s worked on multiple blockbusters, including the Star Trek franchise and The Hobbit Trilogy, as well as cult classics like Beetlejuice, Gremlins 2, and Re-Animator.

“Some of the highlights are the famous blue shirt costume worn by Jonathan Frakes in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, ‘Angel One’,” Kahan continued, “a type-3 phaser, or phaser rifle as it’s also known, from the film, “Star Trek: Nemesis,” and a gold operations uniform from the television series, Star Trek: Voyager.” We have about 40 items that will intrigue everyone.”

The exhibit also features an accompanying Speaker’s Series via Zoom that costs $25 per event (members are free) with five authors: Nancy Reagin (Star Trek and History) on Sept. 15, A.J. Black (Star Trek, History, and Us) on Sept. 24, Lawrence Krauss (The Physics of Star Trek) on Oct. 19, Daniel Chavkin and Brian McGuire (Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier) on Nov. 2, and Sherilyn Connelly (The First Star Trek Movie: Bringing the Franchise to the Big Screen) on Nov. 16. Participation is available onsite at the museum or with a personal device off-site.

Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website at for more information.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters.


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