Surprise visit to the Museum

By Jackie Garbarino
Gift Shop and Volunteer Manager

Steven Strom, John Glen’s cousin, and Jackie Garbarino enjoying the Friendship 7 special exhibit at the Museum. Photo courtesy Derek Been.

Steven Strom arrived early Saturday morning to view the museum’s exhibit of his famous cousin’s splashdown near Grand Turk in 1962.  He grew up hearing stories from his mother and from John Glenn himself of the historic orbit of planet Earth.

Steven Strom at the Friendship 7 Splashdown Exhibit. Photo courtesy Derek Been.

Mr. Strom said John was enchanted by the beautiful turquoise waters of our island.  For years Mr. Strom has been planning a trip to the Turks & Caicos but something always made him postpone it.

Finally he made it to Provo and decided to take a day excursion to Grand Turk to visit the museum and our Friendship 7 exhibit.

It was his lucky day as local historian Oswaldo Ariza happened to be at the museum.  Mr. Ariza enhanced the visit with personal stories of John Glenn’s connection to the islands.

Derek Been recorded the visit in photos for his web site www.grandturkevents.com.  He graciously agreed to allow the museum to use some of the photos for this blog.