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The Calvert Gazette

Thursday, October 10, 2013   Page 7

Calvert Soon to Have New Museum

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Gene McHugh and George Leah talk about the new museum at an informational meeting.  Photo by Sarah Miller

By Sarah Miller
Staff Writer

Prince Fredrick will soon be the location of the newest museum in Southern Maryland.

The Spaceflight America Museum,to be housed in the planetarium at Calvert High School, is slated to open in 2014. The building, which currently houses offices, storage areas and classrooms while parts of the high school are still under construction, would be completely renovated for its new purpose.

Sigmund Gorski and Alan Hayes with Volanz Aerospace, Inc. gave a presentation on the soon-to-be museum at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach, revealing the new logo, concept floor plans and display models.

“It’s amazing what you can track down,” Hayes said, listing some of the hundreds of items they have to display, which include helmets from the Apollo missions and gloves and even a digital camera made in the 1980s, a full Russian spacesuit, heat shields and other items that have been used in space or to train for space. They even have meteors, which students will be allowed to handle.

“We try to make it as hands on as possible,” he said.

The museum would be open all summer long and during the school year, Hayes said. They are seeking volunteers to act as guides and to help run the museum.

Volanz Aerospace, Inc. offers summer programs for students, which include putting on spacesuits and flying simulators. The same simulators will be used in the museum, Hayes said.

The museum would tie in closely with STEM programs, Hayes said.

Volanz Aerospace, Inc. is a 501 c 3 non-profit Maryland corporation formed in 1998 “to provide space science and space-related high technology educational and research programs for researchers, educators, and students of all ages,” according to the website.

Visitors to the museum would get the chance to touch and hold items that were designed for space travel. The projection system in the planetarium itself would have to be upgraded before it can be utilized.

Getting the museum up and running requires funds, Hayes said. To help pay for the venture, Volanz Aerospace, Inc. is hosting fundraisers. The first event will be on Nov. 22 at the Northeast Community Center. There will only be 55 tickets sold, which are $75 each. Tickets grant admission for the purchaser plus one guest. The evening will include a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, dinner and more, Hayes said.

For more information, including ticket purchasing, visit www.spaceflightamerica.org, call Hayes at 443-360-7280 or e-mail sa-museum@wsi-edu.org,

sarahmiller@countytimes.net