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USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum Now a Smithsonian Affiliate

USS Hornet Museum

The USS Hornet museum has joined the Smithsonian affiliate program. (File photo.)

The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum announced this week that it has joined the Smithsonian affiliate program, granting it access to artifact loan assistance, professional development, co-branding, and other benefits.

Smithsonian Affiliations is a division of the Smithsonian Institution develops partnerships with museums to provide greater access to collections and resources. Over 200 affiliate organizations participate in the network.

“We are honored to welcome the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum into the family of Smithsonian Affiliates. The USS Hornet played a remarkable part in American history, both in battle and in the recovery of Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts upon their return from the moon,” said Harold A. Closter, Smithsonian Affiliations Director.

“It is fitting that the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum preserves and shares that important history with visitors of all ages, including a special loan from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the Apollo Block 1 Command Module. We hope that our new partnership, informed by the history of the USS Hornet and the heroism of those who served, will inspire a new generation and guide them as leaders of the future.”

“We are extremely proud to be part of the Smithsonian Affiliate network,” said Jill Knowland, Executive Director, USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum. “Our selection to this program is a continuation of the Museum’s ever expanding mission of connecting our Nation’s ‘Greatest Generation’ with future generations and preserving the history and legacy of this national and state historical landmark.”

The museum has also been exploring other avenues of civic engagement, with its recent two-day on-board “Ship Show” music concert over the Memorial Day weekend.

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