On Tuesday, December 9, a ceremony was held at the Stafford Air and Space Museum in honor of General Stafford and the approaching 50th anniversary of the first rendezvous performed in space by him onboard Gemini VI. The ceremony was filmed by a major TV network channel and will be featured in an episode about General Stafford. The episode is scheduled to be aired in February 2015. For more pictures of the day’s event please check out our Facebook page.
On Tuesday, December 9th beginning at 11am, a major television channel film crew will be at the Stafford Air and Space Museum to film a statue dedication ceremony for General Stafford. The film crew has been filming at the museum earlier this fall and is returning to film the conclusion to the new series’ episode featuring General Stafford and his space missions. The museum is requesting the presence of its members and members of the community to come be a part of this event. It is free for all to attend and refreshments will be served. General Stafford will be present at the event and will have an opportunity to meet guests.
“This is a very exciting event for the museum and a great opportunity to feature the museum and General Stafford on TV,” said Marketing Coordinator Brandi Rizzi.
Everyone in attendance will be featured in the filming and will appear on the episode.
The event begins at 11am and will conclude around 1pm. Please contact the museum for more details.
On Saturday, November 22, Oklahoma Astronaut and the first Native American to fly in space, Commander John B. Herrington spoke to a large crowd at the Stafford Air and Space Museum. Cmdr. Herrington presented his space mission STS-113 onboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. Here are some of our photos from the evening. For more pictures please see our album on Facebook.
The Stafford Air & Space Museum is proud to announce the appearance of Oklahoma astronaut John B. Herrington – the first Native American to fly in space – as our next guest in our acclaimed speaker’s series “Stories at the Stafford.” The event will be held at the Stafford Museum on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend this presentation. Members of the Stafford Air and Space Museum have free admission and non-members are $7.00 each. SWOSU students and all students 18 and under are $2.00.
Commander Herrington will speak to museum members and guests inside the Apollo Conference Room at the Stafford Museum about his historic mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Cmdr. Herrington flew onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in November 2002, as a Mission Specialist. During this mission, Herrington performed three spacewalks totaling over 19 hours. Herrington became the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space on this mission.
After his successful mission to the ISS in 2002, Herrington then served as support to the ISS training efforts in the United States and Russia. He then became a member of the Extravehicular Activities (EVA) Branch supporting Russian and US EVA hardware and operations. His last assignment with NASA was being selected at the Chief Engineer for Safety and Mission Assurance at the Johnson Space Center.
In 2005, Herrington retired from the US Navy and NASA and began a career in the commercial space industry. He currently serves as an ambassador for the Chickasaw Nation and as Chairman of the Board for the American Indian Institute for Innovation. He is also pursuing a PhD in Education.
“We are very excited to welcome Cmd. Herrington to the museum,” said Museum Marketing Coordinator, Brandi Rizzi. “Cmdr. Herrington is one of eight Oklahoma astronauts and is the first Native American to fly in space and so we encourage everyone to come out and meet him at the museum.”
Cmdr. Herrington will give a presentation on his historic mission to the ISS, and will then have a Q&A with the guests.
Tuesday, November 11, the Stafford Air and Space Museum will be hosting Weatherford and Clinton, OK veterans at the museum.
Beginning at 2pm, Veterans can arrive at the museum and will be welcomed by museum staff and Director Max Ary.
After introductions, Museum Volunteer Walt Wilson will lead a tour of the museum.
During the month of October, the Stafford Air and Space Museum will be hosting several events including the Weatherford Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off, Oklahoma Municipal Leadership, STUCO District Convention and on October 23 SASM invites our Community Leaders to a Rise and Shine Talk and Tour of the museum.
Coming in November “Stories at the Stafford” is back with a new surprise guest speaker! Save the date for November 22, 2014 @ 7pm for a fun evening with an astronaut! More details to come!
The Stafford Air and Space Museum was one of 95 Smithsonian Affiliates to join over 1,300 museums across the United States that opened its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! this past weekend.
The event allows museums a day to emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution, which offers free admission to everyone every day of the year.
“We were very happy with the results of Museum Day Live this year and we are excited to participate again next year!” said Marketing Coordinator Brandi Rizzi. The museum will participate in MDL for 2015.
Weatherford, OK – The Stafford Air and Space Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record high participation.
“Museum Day Live! is a fantastic way to go see a museum for free with your family,” said Brandi Rizzi, Stafford Museum Marketing Coordinator. “This is a really fun event that we look forward to each year. This is a great opportunity for families to come out and see several museums for free. It is a great educational campaign put on by the Smithsonian Magazine.”
The museum houses over 3,000 artifacts on display in a 40,000 square foot facility.
Walked by many of the famous astronauts including General Stafford and Neil Armstrong, the museum serves as a time capsule of the space exploration years and provides guests with an experience of seeing up close and at a hand’s distance actual flown artifacts from our nation’s greatest adventure.
The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institution, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues.
The Stafford Air and Space Museum is celebrating its members and membership program next month.
Beginning in September, the Stafford Museum will be participating in a membership “swap” featuring several organizations in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Zoo, among eight other attractions are coming together to promote and provide memberships at a discount to its’ members. During the entire month of September, current Stafford Museum members can go to the following organizations listed and show their current Stafford Museum membership card and receive special discounts on memberships: Museum of Osteology, Myriad Botanical Gardens, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma Historical Society, Sam Noble Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma, and the OKC Zoo.
“Swaptember is a great additional membership benefit on top of what each organization already provides,” said Steve Kerr, ZooFriends Membership Manager. “This is a great benefit not only for the organizations but their own members as well.”
September also marks the annual National Smithsonian Membership Drive. The Stafford Museum was named as a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2010 and introduced the National Smithsonian Membership in 2012. This exclusive membership offer is limited to only museums that hold an Affiliate status. There are three Affiliates in the state of Oklahoma and the Stafford Museum is the only one not located in Oklahoma City.
To celebrate the National Smithsonian Membership Drive, the Stafford Museum will be offering a $10 discount on every membership level throughout the month of September.
Smithsonian Affiliations External Affairs Manager Christina DiMeglio Lopez works closely with the Stafford Museum and other Affiliates to maintain the program.
“The Smithsonian Affiliates connect Smithsonian resources with museum members around the country,” said Lopez. “Through the Affiliate network museums, like the Stafford Air and Space Museum, are important partners bringing the Smithsonian to communities like Weatherford, OK, so they can experience the nation’s museum without traveling to Washington, D.C. This special Affiliate relationship gives the Stafford Museum the exclusive Smithsonian benefit of offering their visitors a Smithsonian membership for “two memberships in one.”
And on Saturday, September 27, the Stafford Museum will be included in the nation-wide event Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! 2014. This special event allows free admission to any museum that is participating in program. Guests can go to smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets and signup to get a free ticket to present to the Stafford Museum and receive two free admission passes to the museum all day. Tickets are a onetime use and must be presented for entrance.
“At the museum we are constantly thinking of our members and we want them to know how much they are appreciated and how grateful we are to have their support,” said Brandi Rizzi, Marketing Coordinator. “And being involved in the Zoo’s “Swap” and the National Smithsonian Drive and Museum Day Live! events is made possible by our members and is the reason we continue to look for ways to provide special benefits to our members.”
For more information about SwapTember, Smithsonian Membership Drive, contact the Stafford Museum at 580-772-5871 or visit their website staffordmusuem.org.