Weatherford, OK, June 9, 2011 – The Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma received news late Wednesday that it has been accepted into the Smithsonian Affiliates Program.  This special and unique connection with the Smithsonian Museums extends to other Affiliates in the United States.  Oklahoma has two other Smithsonian Affiliates with the Oklahoma History Center and Science Museum Oklahoma, both in Oklahoma City.


The Affiliates Program offers museums, nonprofit cultural institutions and educational organizations across the country the opportunity to have greater access to Smithsonian collections and resources.  The program permits the long term loan of artifacts and enables Affiliates to incorporate Smithsonian collections into their exhibitions and educational initiatives.


Included in the Affiliates benefits is a Reciprocal Membership Program.  This will allow members of the Stafford Air & Space Museum free admission to other Smithsonian Affiliates facilities, discounts in their gift stores and family memberships will also be honored.


The Stafford Air & Space Museum is owned and operated by the City of Weatherford.  It is a 40,000 square foot aviation and space museum filled with full-size exhibits beginning with the Wright Glider continuing on through the Shuttle Program.  It is located on the Stafford Airport grounds along the I-40 Service Road on the east side of Weatherford.


Thomas P. Stafford, born and raised in Weatherford, became an astronaut in 1962.  He piloted the Gemini 6 mission and commanded the Gemini 9 mission, the Apollo 10 mission to the moon and the Apollo-Soyuz mission with the Soviet Union.  He remains active in his support of the Museum.


For information:

Phone:  (580) 772-5871

Contact:  Dr. Tami Martyn, Executive Director

Stafford Air & Space Museum

3000 East Logan Road

Weatherford, OK  73096

Phone:  (580) 772-5871