August 20, 2014
Guest Speaker: Kenneth Winans, Founder of The Space Station Museum on California's Aerospace Industry
About Our Guest Speaker
Join us on August 20 to meet Mr. Kenneth Winans, founder of the new Space Station Museum in Novato, CA. Ken, an accomplished investment entrepreneur, collector, and philanthropist, will be talking about the history, legacy and future of the aerospace industry in California. Ken will share his insights on the birthplace of America’s spacecraft such as the X-Planes, the Apollo Command Module, the Space Shuttle, the Hubble Telescope, Spaceship One, the Space X Falcon Rocket and robotic rovers that are currently roaming Mars.
The “hands-on” Lunar Rover mockup, currently on loan and located under PCAM’s covered patio area, is from The Space Station Museum collection, which is one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space exploration artifacts.
The W Foundation is Ken and his wife Debbie’s 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on the history and future benefits of space exploration. The W Foundation’s primary venue is the public exhibition of their collection. Many of their artifacts are on permanent display at The USS Hornet Museum, Chabot Space & Science Center and of course The Space Station Museum.
August 2 Space Event in Novato
On Saturday, August 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Space Station Museum will host the 2014 Novato Space Festival! Take the short drive to Novato to meet legendary astronauts and see a lunar module and a lunar rover! See Details at: http://thespacestationca.org/.
Ken is a successful investment management entrepreneur, award winning author, astute collector and active philanthropist. He is a twelfth generation American whose Dutch family arrived and established colonies in New York and New Jersey in the 1600s. His mother’s Swedish family immigrated to California in the 1850s and soon became leaders in science, architecture, agriculture and business. He writes a widely read column for Forbes.com and can be heard weekly on Los Angeles news radio affiliate KNX/KFWB in a segment called “Wednesdays with Winans”. He serves as a trustee for several non-profit organizations including the USS Hornet Museum, the Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco Fleet Week, Chabot Space & Science Center and The University of San Francisco Alumni Association.
Location:Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA
Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street a couple hundred yards past the museum.