The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum was presented with a $100,000 check from the Employee Community Fund of Boeing of California on Friday, August 10th, at the new museum future site at the Santa Monica Public Library campus, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
The $100,000 donation will help fund a hands-on interactive exhibit, “WWII Douglas Aircraft C-47/Dakota, Donald Douglas and Douglas Workers,” in the permanent gallery of the new state-of-the-art museum, to be built at the Santa Monica Main Public Library campus.
A portion of an actual C-47 or a replica will form the life-size structure of the interactive exhibit that visitors can walk into and experience first-hand. The C-47s were built by Dougles in Santa Monica during World War II.
Through the windows of one side, visitors will be able to view a panorama of Rosie the Riveter at work on the outside of the plane.
A video monitor will tell stories of aviation pioneer Donald Douglas, his company and the contribution of Douglas workers on the home front during World War II.
“We greatly appreciate Boeing’s generosity for helping with the museum’s capital improvement project,” said Louise Gabriel, president and chief executive officer of the museum. “We are confident that this exhibit will attract new potential contributors and raise significant awareness of the new museum.”
The overall intent of the interactive exhibit is to immerse the visitors in Douglas history with a visual, tactile and multi-layered experience.
In attendance for the check presentation in addition to Gabriel were Santa Monica City Councilman Bob Holbrook, city director of community and cultural services Barbara Stinchfield, and museum and Boeing executives.
The museum’s $5 million capital campaign for the new museum was launched late last year and to date has raised $645,000.
Founded in 1975 under the City of Santa Monica Centennial Committee, the nonprofit Historical Society Museum has been operating in various temporary locations and is currently at 1539 Euclid St.
Next spring the museum will relocate to a new permanent facility in the Santa Monica Public Library complex.
The build-out of the new museum will provide “naming opportunities” for major gift donations that will be permanently recognized on the Wall of Legacy and at the sponsoring location.
Benefactors can choose to support interactive exhibits and theme areas in the permanent gallery, the changing exhibit gallery, the research library and the lobby.
Information, (310) 395-2290 or www.santamonicahistory.org/.
For information about becoming a supporter of the museum, (310) 395-2290.