By Phil Jaeger, Director of Operations
I traveled to many museums this summer on my vacation, and I can say without a doubt our volunteers are the best anywhere.
The reason why I think we have the best volunteers relates to a blog I have been reading that discuses Museums 2.0, which is a comparison of Web 1.0 and 2.0 to museums http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2006/12/what-is-museum-20.html.
What are the concepts Web 1.0 or 2.0? If you look at Web 1.0, you are in a passive user mode where the content is placed there and you merely read it. Web 2.0 is based on participation; in other words, a user generates, shares and interacts with the Web site.
Currently there is a movement to transition museums from a 1.0 experience to a 2.0. I would argue that our Museum has always been there. You might wonder how that is? Our docents make the difference.
Although we have the typical reader boards next to the artifacts, please take the time to talk to our volunteer docents. They will give you the Museum 2.0 experience. Most of them have served or worked with the aircraft on display, some have even flown it. By talking to these individuals, I have been taken to the skies over Vietnam, to the daylight bombing over Germany, or to the landing of a Corsair on an aircraft carrier.
In closing, we are always looking for more volunteers to bolster our already incredible group. Whether it is on the weekends in the Museum, at night with our events crew, or during the week in our restoration hangar, there is a spot for you.