May 2018 White Glove Experience

White Glove

VP of Collections and Exhibits Dan Steelman with Bill Emsoff, Doug Reiser, Sandy Emsoff,
Dan and Diann Petrovich, Museum Curator Bob Welch, Barry and Gina Kemna,
hosts Steve and Cindy Aughinbaugh, and President/CEO Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones.

May 2018 White Glove Experience

Sutterfield-Jones Cindy Steve Aughinbaugh

Museum President/CEO Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones (center) with hosts Cindy and Steve Aughinbaugh

Dan Steelman

VP of Collections and Exhibits Dan Steelman leads the White Glove Experience

Kemna Emsoff

Gina and Barry Kemna and Sandy and Bill Emsoff don their commemorative white gloves

Barry Kemna

Barry Kemna holds melted steel from the Hindenburg crash

Sandy Bill Emsoff

Sandy and Bill Emsoff explore a rare map from early air travel

Gina Kemna

Gina Kemna holds the lone survivor of a pair of flare pistols given to Bill Erwin for his 1927 flight on the Spirit of Dallas plane

As valued members of the Spirit of Dallas Club, Cindy and Steve Aughinbaugh invited some of their friends for a VIP behind-the-scene tour of the Museum led by VP of Collections and Exhibits Dan Steelman.

“Museum staffers are usually the only ones who get to see our artifacts in storage. The vast majority of our treasures are in storage and only brought out when we change our exhibits or loan them out to other museums,” says Dan Steelman.

After a tour of the public exhibits, our special guests gathered to try on their gloves in preparation for handling the Museum’s treasures, including space boots worn by astronaut Donn Eisele on Apollo VII, a 1929 souvenir map from our nation’s first Transcontinental Air Transport, and search instructions given to crews from the aircraft carrier Lexington looking for the Amelia Earhart’s wreckage in 1937.

Much of the Museum’s collection, including melted steel from the Hindenburg crash and a rare map from early air travel, are kept in storage and out of harmful light to be preserved for posterity.

Included in the tour was the lone survivor of a pair of flare pistols given to Bill Erwin for his 1927 flight from Oakland, CA to Honolulu on the Spirit of Dallas plane. The historic plane and namesake to our premium donor Spirit of Dallas Club is featured at the Museum. 

For more information about how you can join the Spirit of Dallas Club and host your own White Glove Experience, contact Development Director Luis Gonzalez – 214-699-4611 or email.

Check out all the great Sprit of Dallas Club benefits.


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