COLLECTIONS & PHILANTHROPY
THE WINANS COLLECTIONS
Ken and his wife Debbie Wreyford have always been collectors. As children, he started with Lincoln pennies and models, and she loved books. What started as childhood hobbies have become extensive collections of artifacts, with many of their items on display at leading museums coast to coast.
As lifelong space enthusiasts, the Winanses have been able to amass one the largest private collections of U.S., Russian, and Soviet space exploration artifacts. These items range from a full sized Gemini capsule boilerplate to maps carried to the moon on the Apollo missions. In 2002, they founded The W Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to public education on the history and future benefits of space exploration through public exhibits of their collection. Many of these unique artifacts are on permanent display in the Bay Area at the USS Hornet Museum, Chabot Space & Science Center and The Space Station Museum.
An early indication that Ken Winans was destined for a career in the investment arena was his avid interest in reading The Wall Street Journal as a 15-year-old high school student. His parents gave him family heirlooms several hundred years old that were financial in nature. The extensive collection includes an Edison ticker tape, stock certificates signed by John Rockefeller, Colonial real estate deeds, and bond indentures once owned by Andrew Carnegie was been obtained throughout his career. Many of these items are on permanent display at The Museum of American Finance in New York and at the San Francisco Business Exhibit in the CFA Society office in San Francisco.
THE SPACE STATION MUSEUM
“The Space Station” is a privately funded, volunteered staffed space exploration museum that is operated by the 501c3 non-profit corporation, “The W Foundation” (TWF) (www.TheWFoundation.org). TWF owns one of the largest private collections of U.S., Russian and Soviet space exploration artifacts. The organization has attracted legendary figures such as Apollo 12 Astronaut Dick Gordon, award-winning actor Bill Pullman and video game designer Will Wright to its Board of Advisors.
The Space Station is an innovation in museum exhibits in that vacant commercial space is filled and the public gains a new education venue in their local neighborhood.
click here to visit www.thespacestationca.org
THE W FOUNDATION
There is a real need to help Bay Area museums & science centers develop space exploration exhibits to educate children about the exciting history of space exploration, and to increase the public’s understanding that a strong global commitment toward future space expeditions is an important key to accelerating our civilization’s development. This is especially important when you realize that California was the birthplace of the X-Planes, the Apollo Command Module, the Space Shuttle, the Hubble Telescope, The Space X rockets and the robotic rovers that are currently roaming Mars. Over 200,000 Californians contributed to our nation’s endeavors in space exploration.
The W Foundation currently operates “The Space Station” museum located in Novato, CA and supports the Chabot Space & Science Center and the USS Hornet Museum by providing funds and/or artifacts from its collection. The W Foundation also has periodic space exploration exhibits in other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
click here to visit www.thewfoundation.org