Calling Volunteers

Interested in volunteering for the Hamilton Field History Museum?

Beginning May 15, 2010, HFHM will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 12-4; volunteers are needed for either 2-hour or 4-hour shifts once a month (or more, if you are available). Interest in the history of Hamilton Field, and the desire to greet and educate museum visitors are the main qualifications that we require!  (Volunteers must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.)
will need to develop a basic knowledge of the exhibits, which include the development of the Army Air Field through today’s re-use of the base. Also, docents may assist patrons in the library and archives with research.

Greeters will answer the main phone, greet visitors, process gift shop sales, sign up visitors for Historical Guild memberships, and may also assist docents with tours and patron research requests.

Research assistants will help with activities and research of the library and archives, as well as assist patrons with research requests. 

All sessions take place at HFHM, 555 Hangar Avenue, Novato, CA, 94949.  If you are interested in volunteering and cannot attend any of the sessions, please send an email to, or call 415-382-8614.

Information Sessions

(If you’ve already attended one session, it is not required to attend again but you are welcome to come meet other prospective docents!)

Tuesday, March 2 @ 10am

Saturday, April 10 @ 10am

Thursday, April 22 @ 1pm

Pre-Opening Tours & Orientation

(Attendance at one tour is required for docents and greeters.)

Thursday, May 6  @ 1pm

Saturday, May 8 @ 1pm

And, of course, save these dates!

May 12, 4-6pm:  Dedication

May 15, 12-4pm:  Opening Day

For more updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@HFHMuseum).

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Exhibit Plan Snapshot

With just five months until it opens, we are assembling the exhibits for the Hamilton Field History Museum. 

The Reception Gallery, at the rear of the building and where the main visitor entrance is located, will house permanent displays on how the Hamilton Field site was chosen, and present an overview of its construction.

The Main Gallery is the largest in the museum.  Throughout this gallery, the stories of the active Army Air Field and subsequent Air Force will be explored through photographs and artifact displays, as well as through a multi-media projection mural.

On either side of the Main Gallery are two small rooms.  One will serve as a Library, which, in addition to all the vintage photographs and Hamilton archives, will house displays and exhibits pertaining to the life of Hamilton after its decommissioning.  In the other smaller truck bay, we will display a Link Trainer that was used on the base.

So many interesting stories have begun to surface since more people in the community see that the museum has a definite opening date. 

Matt Cerkel, a local park ranger, is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and artifacts from his search and documentation of Marin plane wreck sites.  A NHM museum visitor recently told us that her sister ran a small campaign to bake cookies for returning Vietnam soldiers into Hamilton Field, and asked if we’d like to have the all the veterans’ letters expressing their gratitude that her sister had saved. 

These diverse stories are just a brief illustration of how our collection will grow and become richer in the coming months.

Published in: on November 16, 2009 at 11:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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