National WASP WWII Museum
Avenger Field Sweetwater, Texas

MEDIA


Job Opening:

The Service and Sales Specialist


The Service and Sales Specialist conducts the daily operations for the National WASP WWII Museum.  The Specialist is responsible for providing superior hospitality and service, and providing a safe, friendly, clean environment. Additionally, the Specialist must work daily to deliver a seamless sales experience to our guests and Members while aggressively maximizing sales, driving incremental revenues and actively soliciting new Members.

DUTIES
Basic daily duties include operating register system for retail, ticket sales, membership and donations, providing orientation, guidance and assistance to guests, Members and groups, and maintaining safe, clean and efficiently operating work spaces.

QUALIFICATIONS
Qualifications include a high school diploma with some college in hospitality, nonprofit or museum management a plus, previous experience in customer service, hospitality or retail, previous cash handling experience strongly preferred, computer literacy and excellent guest service skills. 

  Position is part time, hourly.  Requires flexible schedule to meet business demands, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Premium wages paid on most holidays. Must have reliable transportation.

Send cover letter and resume to Carol Cain, Associate Director at waspmuseum@yahoo.com




Bill Johnson, Congressman Jodey Arrington and Ann Hobing

By: STACY FRITZ
Staff Writer for Sweetwater Reporter
Thursday, August 24, 2017,

AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – Congressman Jodey Arrington visited the Sweetwater WASP Museum Wednesday August 23rd. He was “absolutely blown away” by the museum, the history, and the community behind the support of the museum. While in Sweetwater the congressman was also to visit the Roscoe State Bank, RPMH, as well as Ludlum Measurments. This was Congressman Arringtons first visit to the WASP museum and he referred to it as “treasured and hallowed grounds.” He also referred to the parable “don't hide the light under a bushel” when talking about this “hidden treasure of West Texas” that the museum is and the stories and lives that make up the museum. Ann Hobing, the museums Executive Director, gave a tour to Congressman Arrington while at the museum. Arrington vowed to become a voice not only for the ladies that represented the WASPs, but also the museum dedicated to them as well and to spread their story nationally. While discussing the museum and that it is privately owned and funded he was asked if and how the government could help a cause such as this, Arrington replied “Sometimes if you get government monies you get government strings. The way they [they museum] have done this without the government telling them how to set everything up, and what they can and cant do to tell the story we don't have to worry about that. We are free to tell the story how it should be told. I’m grateful for the folks out here, the leadership of the museum, the volunteer board members, they’ve all done an incredible job.“ He also suggested, and called out in a video later to be added to social media, that newly appointed Secretary for the Air Force, Heather Wilson, come visit and experience the WASP museum first hand.


Eleven Women
Eleven Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II return to Avenger Field
AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – National WASP WWII Museum celebrated Homecoming 2017 over Memorial Day weekend, welcoming eleven Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) back to the place they trained to serve our country during World War II.

The WASP (with their class numbers) are:
Roby Anderson 44-W-4
Nell Bright 43-W-7
Edna Davis 43-W-5 (not pictured)
Barbara Heinrich 43-W-4
Mildred “Jane” Doyle 44-W-4
Kay Hilbrandt 44-W-10
Shirley Kruse 44-W-6
Dorothy Lucas 44-W-7
Florence Mascott 44-W-10T
Shutsy Reynolds 44-W-5
Millicent “Millie” Young 44-W-10


Ann Hobing
Hobing brings experience, energy and enthusiasm to the role
AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – National WASP WWII Museum announced its Board of Directors has appointed Ann E. Hobing as Executive Director. She has joined the leadership team of the museum after the departure of Michael Ables. Hobing had previously held the position of senior director of business growth of Cincinnati Museum Center and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center where she served in several roles building the guest services initiatives and earned revenue enterprises.


The 7th Annual Run for the WASP 5K Run/Fun Walk



The 7th Annual Run for the WASP 5K Run/Fun Walk was held

Saturday, November 12, 2016,
at the National WASP WWII Museum at Avenger Field
in Sweetwater, Texas.


The event was honoring the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of WWII and all our Veterans for their dedication, sacrifice, and service to our Country. U.S. flags outlined the course, a WWII airplane flyover kicked off the race, accompanied by our National Anthem.




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GRANT   DIGITIZATION  OF  COLLECTIONS


Sweetwater, TX — The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to the National WASP WWII Museum and its partner, the Abilene Library Consortium (ALC), under its TexTreasures grant program promoting local heritage, culture, and education. This digitization project will include premiere collections such as Jacqueline Cochran, WASP Helen Wyatt Snapp, WASP Eleanor Brown, WASP Suzette VanDaell Douglas, WASP Peggy Ward, Charles A. Prince, WASP Instructor Paul Hill and the recently transferred WASP collection from the Pioneer City County Museum. These collections provide viewers another avenue to search through over 22,000 unique historical WASP documents which will include images, journals, videos, personal letters from G.I.’s at war, and much more. These data will be available in 2017.

This project is just one of 71 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. “The projects funded by these grants are an amazing panorama of innovation, best practice, and forward direction in museum and library services,” says Mark Smith, TSLAC Director and Librarian. TSLAC awards competitive grants annually, as funding allows. For the 2016 fiscal year, which runs from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017, TSLAC has awarded approximately $1.5 million in competitive grants. The TexTreasures Grant will provide assistance and encouragement to six organizations to provide access to their special or unique collections and to make information about those collections available to the public across the state, including the WASP Museum’s project, “Flying High in the Texas Sky: Legacy of the WASP”.

ABOUT THE TEXAS STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES COMMISSION


Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs to improve their lives and communities. TSLAC provides historical and genealogical search assistance, access to federal and state governmental documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.