SANTA MONICA HISTORY MUSEUM board chair Eddie Guerboian (center) receives a $5,000 grant check, alongside Robert Acherman of Boeing (right) and Acherman’s father, Anton, a former McDonnell Douglas employee.

The Santa Monica History Museum has received a $5,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, an employee-owned and operated nonprofit organization.
Robert Acherman, a contributor to the fund and a systems analyst for Boeing, recently presented the $5,000 check to the museum’s board of directors, led by chair Eddie Guerboian and president Louise Gabriel.
Referring to the legacy of the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, one of Boeing’s heritage companies, Acherman said he saw a perfect fit for the museum. The museum showcases an interactive Douglas exhibit in the permanent gallery as well as a collection of artifacts, documents and photographs from Douglas Aircraft Company, which gave birth to such revolutionary aircraft as the DC-3.
The Employees Community Fund of Boeing requires an employee recommendation for its community grants program.
Acherman noted his interest in the Douglas Aircraft Company’s legacy was influenced by his father, Anton Acherman, who worked for the McDonnell Douglas Skylab project and worked with Donald Douglas, Jr.