Part of the Family

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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 three-year-old. There is every science here from A to Z.”

Over the last 20 years, Ed and Pat have grown their involvement with the Museum, moving from members to volunteers to donors. The Martins were instrumental in forming the Founders Circle—a group of generous donors who provide an annual gift of at least $25,000 for Museum operations. For them, the decision to increase their level of giving was all about timing and a desire to do even more for an institution that has grown to mean so much to them.

The Martins also joined the Edwin Carter Legacy Society, truly recognizing the Museum as “family” by placing it in their estate plans. Their leadership and generosity are very much appreciated by staff and fellow donors.

“Our involvement in the Museum has given us so much pleasure over the years,” Pat said. “We enjoy learning about the advancement in the different sciences, and the people here have become family. Now that we are retired, we have the time and money to be more involved with the place we love.”

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