The San Diego Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park has appointed Dennis Sharp as its new curator. Sharp, formally with the San Diego Historical Society, brings with him a wealth of museum collections management experience, along with a background in scholarly historical writing and an extensive knowledge of San Diego and California history.
One of 26 applicants in an eight-month national search, Sharp said the most significant aspect of his new position will be to develop and implement a new Museum Exhibits Master Plan. Since the museum was awarded the coveted Smithsonian Institute Affiliate status in November 2005, it plans to display more artifacts on loan from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., in addition to the one-of-a-kind objects it adds yearly to its collections.
John Bolthouse, the museum’s chief of operations, said Sharp was selected due to his “extensive experience in collection’s management, exhibits development, aviation background and rich knowledge of San Diego history.”
Home to the Command Module from the Apollo 9 mission, on loan from the National Air and Space Museum, the San Diego Aerospace Museum celebrates the history of aviation and space flight, educates the public in aerospace technology, and inspires people of all ages to excel in math and the sciences. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum is a nonprofit organization and the first aero-themed museum to receive accreditation by the American Association of Museums in 1986.
The museum is located in the historic Ford Building in Balboa Park, at 2001 Pan American Plaza. For hours of operation and other information, call 619-234-8291 or visit [http://www.aerospacemuseum.org].