Franson Accepts Positions on Museum Boards

April 25, 2012 1:51pm

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas and Exploration Place in Wichita have both named Dave Franson to their respective Boards of Directors. Board members at both museums are elected to three-year terms.

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is celebrating its 50th year in 2012. Every year, approximately 150,000 people visit the Cosmosphere from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries. The Cosmosphere is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and was recently voted one of the eight wonders of Kansas in a nation-wide poll. It was founded in 1962 as the Hutchinson Planetarium. As the only location designated by the Smithsonian Institution to restore flown U.S. spacecraft, the Cosmosphere’s restoration projects have included the Apollo 13 command module Odyssey and Liberty Bell 7 Mercury spacecraft. Its SPACE WORKS enterprise also builds exhibits and replica spacecraft and artifacts.

Exploration Place is the science center of Sedgwick County. It is committed to science, technology and exploration, focusing on empowering people of all ages to promote and employ the appreciation, learning and practice of science in every aspect of their daily lives. Its dramatic and individualistic building makes it a landmark in “The Air Capital of the World,” and its outstanding facilities, exhibits, educational programs, and camps rank it among the nation’s leading museums.

“Both the Cosmosphere and Exploration Place house exceptional exhibits related to aviation and aerospace so they possess an obvious attraction to many of the people with whom I interact every day,” Franson noted. “It’s an honor to be offered an opportunity to work with the outstanding professionals and volunteers who contribute so much to the success of these two renowned institutions. I have enjoyed taking visitors to Wichita and Kansas to both locations and I’m proud to be affiliated with both of them. “