Field, later Perrin Air Force Base, grew out of President
Franklin Roosevelt's national defense
preparedness program. It brought many changes to Grayson County and Austin
College. Beginning with the Civilian Aeronautics
Authority ground school training program for civilian pilots in
1939, cooperation between Austin College and the base marked the
entire thirty years of its existence and left a
lasting legacy to the alumni, the community, and
future students. During JanTerm 2001, a group of Austin
College students interviewed Perrin Field veterans for their
recollections of the base, an oral history project
that is ongoing through the College Archives.
Those interviews form the basis of this exhibit as veterans
describe Perrin the way they remember it.