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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-29-2008 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lima News: Budget issues will shutter Armstrong Museum for a week in March
The Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum will close for a week next year as part of a plan to erase a $1.2 million budget deficit facing the Ohio Historical Society.

The Ohio Historical Society has announced it will close 14 of its sites that are managed directly by the society for one week next spring as part of a cost-saving plan. Sites that are owned by the Ohio Historical Society but managed by others are not directly affected by the closure. The society has a network of 58 historic sites and museums.

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The Armstrong Museum has always been generous to the Boy Scouts. I have spent several nights there over the years "camping" on the floors surrounded by all the artifacts. Quite an experience to say the least.

Robert Pearlman
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Associated Press: Ohio officials hope to keep Armstrong museum open
Concerned that the museum named after native son Neil Armstrong might close in the face of state budget cuts, Wapakoneta-area officials have joined forces in hopes of taking over day-to-day operations of the facility.

The Ohio Historical Society is trying to get local groups to assume daily operations of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum and 16 other historic sites to save money. Gov. Ted Strickland has proposed $5.4 million for the society's sites and museums operations budget next year, down from this year's $7.2 million.

The historical society has promised to keep the Armstrong museum open at least through July 20, the 40th anniversary of Armstrong's historic moonwalk. But if it can't find a group to operate it after that, the museum may have to close, at least temporarily.

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The Lima News: Potential partner could be in line for Armstrong museum
Members of a recently-formed committee working to save the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum say they have a potential partner to help operate the facility.

The Ohio Historical Society said earlier this year because of budget cuts the agency would close the facility unless a partnership could be found to take over operations.

John Zwez, the museum's former manager, and Rebecca Macwhinney, the museum's current manager, said negotiations are in the very early stages with an entity that may take over operations. Neither would comment on the identity of the prospective partner.

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Does anyone know the history of the Gemini mock up sitting outside at the Neil Armstrong Museum? It was quite interesting to sit in. Brought the kid out of me (I'm 46), felt like I was 6 all over again!

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I know that it used to be at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio. It is especially nice for imagining yourself doing a stand-up EVA, as the right side is open and the seat is easy to stand on.

I have seen another similar unit in storage in Cleveland that is only a partial cockpit. I don't know who made them.

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I noticed today that the Armstrong Air and Space Museum now has a website (for many years, it did not). The site includes photo and video galleries, membership information, an online gift store (coming soon) and a calendar of upcoming events.

The site also seems to point to a slight name change for the museum. Previous references called the facility the "Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum." It appears "Neil" has been dropped from the name.

A disclaimer on the museum's website reads:

The museum is owned by the State of Ohio, is part of the Ohio Historical Society’s statewide system of historic sites and museums, and is operated by the local Armstrong Air and Space Museum Association. Neil Armstrong has never been involved in the management of the museum nor benefited from it in any way.

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I was down at the Armstrong museum last Friday and I asked a lady that worked there "when was the last time Neil actually visited this place"?

She told me that it was in 1984 or 1986. She then went on to explain to me that Neil was never in favor of the museum and was upset about it being built. She also said that Neil's parents played a big part in the creation of the museum, and for their part in that Neil was not happy with them.

Has anyone heard this before?

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James Hansen addresses Neil Armstrong's relationship with the museum in "First Man," including this quote from Armstrong himself:
"If the organizing committee had asked me I'm sure I would have said okay, because it was in the town where my parents lived. Nevertheless, I would have been happier had they not used my name or, if they used my name, they would have used a different approach for the museum.

"I did try to support them in any way I could by presenting them such materials as I had available, either gifting or loaning items."

"From the outset I was uncomfortable because that museum was built as the 'Neil Armstrong Museum.' A number of people came to believe that it was my personal property and a business undertaking of mine. The Ohio Historical Society in Columbus was actually going to be overseeing the museum, and I told its director that I felt uncomfortable. I asked him as well as another member of the planning board if there was anything that could be done about the public image issue and to respond to me about what they thought. They said they would, but they did not."

Hansen goes on to document that Armstrong maintained a strained relationship with the museum, citing for example, a disagreement over the use of his likeness on a postcard sold in the museum's giftshop.

No mention is made however, about Armstrong's family being involved or tension being created between them as a result of it.

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I find it particularly ironic that their bookstore carries "First Man," which as Robert has already pointed out, quotes Armstrong as being against the museum in the first place.

Armstrong was always unrealistic about his privacy and people hanging onto his name the way they did, but I agree with him that they probably shouldn't have named the museum without his permission, at least in his lifetime...

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Thank you for that information Robert. I am determined to read "First Man", but the number of pages has intimidated me.

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I was a close friend of Neil's mom and dad and I can tell you that they were very much in favor of the building of the Neil Armstrong museum. Was there conflict between them and Neil over its construction? I cannot say as they never mentioned it to me.

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