Smith Named EAA Airventure Museum DirectorAdam Smith, whose extensive museum and aviation experience includes five years as Curator at the National Museums of Scotland, has been named Director of the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
previous position, Smith
was responsible for the operation and development of Scotland's national museum of aviation, which contained more than 50 historic aircraft and a collection of 30,000 aviation-related items.At the EAA AirVenture Museum, he will direct staff and programs involved with more than 100 display aircraft, plus numerous programs and activities. "The EAA AirVenture Museum is in excellent hands with Adam Smith," said Greg Anderson, Executive Vice President of the EAA Aviation Foundation.
As curator for the facility, Smith
helped build attendance from 26,000 yearly visitors in 1996 to 87,000 in 2000, making the museum the fasting-growing visitor attraction in Scotland. Smith was instrumental in establishing the Festival of Flight, which in three years became Scotland's largest civilian air show.
The event earned the museum a Scottish Thistle Award - the nation's highest tourism award - in 1999, marking the first time a museum was honored in the more than 80 previous winners of the award.
In addition, Smith
guided several significant projects for the museum, including a $5 million program and fundraising campaign; restorations of a Supermarine Spitfire and a Bristol Blenheim; installation of environmental monitoring systems for the facility; and digitalization of key museum records, among other projects.
"I was attracted to EAA
by the world-class reputation of the museum and the organization," Smith
said."It has many similarities to the Museum of Flight
in Scotland - both places tell the entire story of flight and a have very strong educational mission at the heart of their work.I'm looking forward to bringing my own training, skills and experience, as well as my love of history, to the EAA
AirVenture Museum." Smith received a bachelor's degree in modern history from the University of Leeds in England, with special emphasis on World War I. He did postgraduate work at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, focusing on theory and practice of Museum operations.Smith
was active in the Guild of Aviation Artists and with tourism boards in Scotland.In 1998, he
was presented to Queen Elizabeth II as a national "Young Achiever" in the field of museums. Smith
holds a Private Pilot certificate and is part-owner of a Piper L-4 Cub.Smith
also has aircraft building experience, having assisted on a Starduster Too project.
AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh.