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I am very optimistic about the Hornet’s future. Since we have reopened our attendance has dramatically improved and we continue to receive questions about liveaboards, private events and guided tours.

Last weekend 600 guests visited the Hornet, more than 500 the week before and we are hopeful that this trend will continue.

The attendance numbers are a result of the unique experience our museum provides. For the great majority of our visitors, it was their first time on the Hornet. The Museum is, unfortunately, the best kept secret in the Bay Area but that is changing and due to several reasons.

The auto shows we have been having on the pier/parking lot have not only increased our attendance and visibility, but have also resulted in increased membership, requests for private events and plans for an expanded venue with auto shows on the Hornet’s flight and hangar bay when COVID regulations permit.

The Hornet is also attracting interest through our virtual programs, online tours, and our commitment to serve our community, no matter what the circumstances.

The museum is reaching out nationwide to share the story of the Hornet and provide first class educational and STEM programs, especially to our underserved communities.

The museum’s website will be updated this week with our revamped programs and a tier specific guide to what programs and tours are available. As the COVID-19 mandates are lifted, the Hornet will continue to provide a safe environment for our guests as the programs are expanded.

As I have said many times before, without generous donations, the Hornet would have had to close our hatches until this spring or summer.

Your donations have not only allowed the Museum to open on the weekends but have provided a positive and hopeful experience for our guests, both in person and online.

We have struggled drastically, cutting our payroll and expenses, but donations have made the difference.

In that context, I would like to give my heartfelt appreciation to Duane Doyle for his very generous donation to the museum.

It was out of the blue, the amount was unexpected, and it could not have come at a better time. Doyle served on our board of trustees for many years and has been a staunch supporter of our mission.

As always, please contact me if you have any suggestions as we are here to serve you.

Capt. Mark Epperson Executive Director USS Hornet Museum


While it is very true that we as a community need to continue to be vigilant against racism, (“It Has Been Zero Days Since Alameda’s Last Racist Incident,” Feb. 25) we also need to be vigilant against reacting to reposted content.

The thread you’re referring to received some 76 thousand upvotes; a truly staggering total.

Here’s the problem though. The TikTok video that went viral in that thread was an editorialized reupload of an already viral event, that had been shared as early as June 2020.

The source video can be found at www.reddit.com/r/bayarea/comments/hal9ai/alameda_karen_wants_him_to_go_b....

T. Boscacci