A bust of Army Air Captain Howard Nurse is on display at the museum. The creator the bust, noted artisan Howard Lazar, above, has donated the art to the museum/
The Hamilton Field History Museum will reopen on Thursday, April 1. The museum closed due to Covid-19 on March 26, 2020.
“We’re happy to be back,” Museum Manager Ray Dwelly declared.
Museum hours will be Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12-4 and available for private tours on other days. No more than 10 persons will be allowed in the building, says Dwelly.
Three brand-new exhibits will be on display. The first is a bust of Army Air Captain Howard Nurse, chief architect for the new Army Air Corp base, which opened in 1935. The sculptor is local artisan Howard Lazar. The second is a bust of Hamilton Field Architect Howard Nurse. Mr. Lazar sculpted this as well. He gifted both busts to the museum.
The third new exhibit highlights the history of the Transient Alert Unit and the Aerospace Ground Equipment office at Hamilton Air Force Base. The unit handled arrivals, departures and maintenance of visiting aircraft. Most Transient Alert service personnel were retired veterans with aircraft maintenance experience. Different types of planes included fighters, bombers, transports, jets, props and rotorcraft.
Other special museum exhibits and resources include models of airplanes which flew out of Hamilton, the Link Trainer, maps of Hamilton Field, photos of planes and crews, and oral histories from 1932-1975.
The museum is located in the historic 1934 Hamilton Firehouse at 555 Hangar Avenue, Novato 94949. Phone number is (415) 382-8614.