Operation Haylift

Much like this year’s, the winter of 1949 was a particularly snowy one. Unlike this year’s, the snow stuck and stranded thousands of animals across the western US. On this day, the federal government moved to start Operation Haylift to save the animals. Learn more by visiting our exhibit!

Color photo of the museum's Operation Haylift exhibit, one large case showing an image of haybales being loaded into a cargo plane. There are several other images of the planes, along with a poster for an Operation Haylift movie, and two bales of hay on the bottom of the case.

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