The Museum needs volunteers in a number of areas. The Museum is located on Martin State Airport, east of Baltimore, at 701 Wilson Point Rd, Middle River Maryland, 21220. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, including something not mentioned here that you are interested in, please call 410-682-6122.
Glenn L. Martin was an aviation pioneer who built and flew his own aircraft designs as early as 1909. He was among the first to found and run an aircraft company, and the only major American manufacturer to build aircraft for both world wars. His China Clipper flying boats were the first successful intercontinental airliners. During World War II, the Martin Company employed more than 50,000 workers at its Baltimore plant, creating an entire community around the Middle River factory with developments like “Aero Acres”, “Stansbury Estates”, and “Stansbury Manor”.
For 12 years, the Museum has collected and displayed facets of Marylandís aviation history. The growing collection includes original artwork, models, artifacts, memorabilia, documents, design drawings, approximately 125,000 negatives and photos, and thousands of reels of film. The Museum is located in an historic WWII hangar built by the Martin Company, and most of the Museumís aircraft are on display at the airport. Docents guide individuals and groups through the exhibits, with special attention given to youth and senior citizen group tours. The Museum conducts a monthly speaker program featuring a broad range of aviation, space, and historical topics. Plans call for the acquisition of additional aircraft significant to Marylandís history, and a dedicated building for exhibits and the restoration of aircraft.
Volunteer activities include:
Publicity and communications
- Planning and conduct of a major gifts/capital campaign
- Planning and conduct of operations fundraising
- Assistance with planning and executing Museum communication efforts
- Developing text and graphics material for display, media, print, and web applications
- Writing newsletter articles
- Graphics design
- Data base design and maintenance (Microsoft Access)
- Assist with Museum activities and preparation of corporate material
- Staff the museum and store on an occasional or regular basis, 11am to 3pm. Training will be provided.
Collection and archive support
- Assistance with correspondence, records management, member and visitor communication and other office tasks.
- Planning and support of member services and special events (speaker program, trips, etc)
- Responding to phone, internet, and email inquiries
- Assistance with the logging, organizing, and record keeping requirements of the Museumís collections.
- Research support
Aircraft maintenance and restoration
- Planning and conduct of youth education and development programs using aviation and space materials in collaboration with youth and educational organizations.