For Ed and Pat Martin, the Museum isn't just a place they go to
volunteer, it's a lifestyle.
"The Museum is like family now," Ed said, "We spend a few nights
a week here in addition to our morning shift."
Their relationship with the Museum goes way back. For Ed, it was
when he began volunteering in 1994 for temporary exhibitions, and
for Pat it was when she took a school field trip her senior year of
high school -- 47 years ago.
"The Museum introduced me to things I was never exposed to in
school," Pat said, "It's so much more than nice IMAX movies and a
safe place for your 3-year-old. There is every science here from A
Over the last 20 years, Ed and Pat have grown their involvement
with the Museum, moving from members, to volunteers, to donors. The
Martins are proud members of the Campion Circle -- a group of
generous donors who provide an annual gift of at least $10,000 to
Museum operations. For them, the decision to increase their
level of giving was all about timing.
"Our involvement in the Museum has given us so much pleasure
over the years. We enjoy learning about the advancement in the
different sciences, and the people here have become family," Pat
said. "Now that we are retired, we have the time and money to be
more involved with the place we love."