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Title: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on April 24, 2016, 08:33:37 PM
  So, as many of you know, I am working with a group to get a new Michigan focused military museum off the ground. The organization that is sponsoring this endeavor is nearly 50 years old and very solid. With that said, they are the local historical society, so space is quite limited in the existing museum as it is an 1871 house. I thought I would post some pics of items we have received and cataloged as we progress. What you see here, began in earnest in late 2014.
  As many of us are involved in museums, I thought this topic might be a great place to share ideas, new acquisitions, storage tips, etc... I will try to keep my part updated as we progress towards a new facility and the combining of our military collection and interurban railroad collection. We hope that both will complement each other and that we can share how the local interurbans moved thousands of troops from Camp Custer in Battle Creek Mi. to Detroit for connecting trains to the east and west coasts. Our town had two competing interurban lines and the Michigan Central RR. So, a lot of military and rail history! Scott

   Here are some of the items currently housed in my basement. Each of the white boxes is a grouping or holds misc. field gear from the Civil War, through WWII.   
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on April 24, 2016, 08:36:06 PM
  Some headgear and some of the display mannequins from the large 84th Div collection I have posted here. Also Army, Marine and Navy WWI Torso's.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Rakkasan187 on April 25, 2016, 07:34:29 AM
Scott,

Looks great.. A lot of nice artifacts..

Smitty
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Dr. Davis on April 25, 2016, 09:16:44 AM
  Some headgear and some of the display mannequins from the large 84th Div collection I have posted here. Also Army, Marine and Navy WWI Torso's.   Scott

Scott, this is what I want my room to look like! Lookin' good!
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on April 25, 2016, 12:27:55 PM
I know just how difficult and time consuming it can be to catalog everything in a museum because the stock of exhibits is forever changing as new items are acquired. We have a formatted page of our own devising which we use to document casual donations. By that, I mean stuff that just walks in off the street. Apart from a description of the item, we note the name of the donor, the date and any provenance related to said item and finally, photograph it. This is then filed away for future reference. One of our members is currently engaged in doing a full inventory of our exhibits. Kind of tedious...but it has to be done!
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Rakkasan187 on April 25, 2016, 01:41:28 PM
I know just how difficult and time consuming it can be to catalog everything in a museum because the stock of exhibits is forever changing as new items are acquired. We have a formatted page of our own devising which we use to document casual donations. By that, I mean stuff that just walks in off the street. Apart from a description of the item, we note the name of the donor, the date and any provenance related to said item and finally, photograph it. This is then filed away for future reference. One of our members is currently engaged in doing a full inventory of our exhibits. Kind of tedious...but it has to be done!

Exactly what I am doing right now in the NCO museum. And we have about 4000 artifacts...My goal is to have the inventory, photos and other admin items done by July this year..

Smitty

Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Skyline Drive on April 26, 2016, 09:58:43 AM
That's a great collection! I'm looking forward to more posts about this museum!
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on April 26, 2016, 08:41:05 PM
I know just how difficult and time consuming it can be to catalog everything in a museum because the stock of exhibits is forever changing as new items are acquired. We have a formatted page of our own devising which we use to document casual donations. By that, I mean stuff that just walks in off the street. Apart from a description of the item, we note the name of the donor, the date and any provenance related to said item and finally, photograph it. This is then filed away for future reference. One of our members is currently engaged in doing a full inventory of our exhibits. Kind of tedious...but it has to be done!

   Ian, we have a very detailed program called "Past Perfect Museum Software". It is tedious at times, but is the museum standard for cataloging a collection. Its also pricey at about $1300.00 to get started, plus yearly renewal fee's. It allows for pictures to accompany the artifact description, it includes provenance, donor info, appraisal value, and much more. So, not my favorite chore to do for the museum, but certainly necessary. Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on April 27, 2016, 12:59:15 AM
Thanks for that info Scott. We're a small museum with a shoestring budget run by volunteers and we raise our own funds. That software program might well be ideally suited to our needs but, alas, is beyond our present means as we have other priority expenditures!  :(
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on July 11, 2016, 10:41:51 PM
    I thought I would resurrect this as last Thursday my group signed a 5 year lease on a brand new building for our museum. This building is still under construction, so we were able to add some specifics under the terms of the lease. It will give us about 3500 sq feet of floor space divided into 5 rooms and a large 40 x 40 gallery. There will be an additional 1000 sq feet of storage located in an upper room. We are quite excited to move in and get to work! Our tentative occupancy date is September 1st with a grand opening on Veterans Day. I will add pictures soon.  Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on July 11, 2016, 10:57:35 PM
Congrats to you and your team Scott...I envy you that!  ;)  Our little military museum is now at saturation point...we've filled our available display space really well, but would love to be able to expand. Good luck with your forthcoming move.

Ian
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on July 11, 2016, 11:35:11 PM
Congrats to you and your team Scott...I envy you that!  ;)  Our little military museum is now at saturation point...we've filled our available display space really well, but would love to be able to expand. Good luck with your forthcoming move.

Ian

   Thanks Ian, nothing to envy as I fear that we will fill our space quickly and be forced to move at the end of the lease. Then there is the rent! Like you, we are all volunteers and must rely on fundraisers and donations. So, its exciting and scary at the same time.  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Rakkasan187 on July 12, 2016, 09:29:46 AM
Congrats Scott..

These lease things usually end up working themselves out.. I wouldn't worry just yet.. I would be putting the bug in the ear around year 3 though...

Glad to see that you will have a large space to display items..

Smitty
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Ghost on July 17, 2016, 06:46:31 PM
Hi Gents,
It has been quite a while since I have posted last, well over a year(s) mainly because I have taken a break from collecting but I do read the forum on a somewhat regular basis.
So, I have gotten involved with a local group that is working on getting a museum dedicated to veterans off the ground. As some others here stated we are also working on a shoestring budget, with that said I was wondering what you do in your respective museums to label your displays be it a single item or an entire mannequin. The more enjoyable museum experiences for myself have been in establishments with well labeled artifacts.
I would really like to see how the "pros" handle this as well as the guys like myself on a tight budget.

Thanks in advance for any help you can afford,
Chuck 
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on July 17, 2016, 09:01:15 PM
Hi Gents,
It has been quite a while since I have posted last, well over a year(s) mainly because I have taken a break from collecting but I do read the forum on a somewhat regular basis.
So, I have gotten involved with a local group that is working on getting a museum dedicated to veterans off the ground. As some others here stated we are also working on a shoestring budget, with that said I was wondering what you do in your respective museums to label your displays be it a single item or an entire mannequin. The more enjoyable museum experiences for myself have been in establishments with well labeled artifacts.
I would really like to see how the "pros" handle this as well as the guys like myself on a tight budget.

Thanks in advance for any help you can afford,
Chuck

   Chuck, welcome back and congrats on the museum start up! Our new building will be a work in progress for the next several months but we will certainly adopt a standard for our signage soon. Up till now, we have merely printed signs using Microsoft Word and then attached them to foam core material. I like to add a period graphic or picture at the top center, but as I said, with the new museum, we will standardize them. I hope to be able to show more soon. Perhaps Ian or Smitty can post up some of what they have as they are already in existing facilities and are well established?   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on July 18, 2016, 12:12:11 AM
We use different methods, depending upon the artefacts / display. For example, in our glass cases, each item is numbered and a laminated A4 size "key card" is provided so that visitors can see that #1 is a Welsh Guards cap badge...#2 is a WW1 Victory Medal etc. Our "environmental displays" eg, the WW1 trench / bunker and wartime kitchen have no labels captions whatsover, because it's self-evident what they are and because it's our policy to always have volunteer / guide in attendance to explain to visitors what they're all about. With regard to mannequins, I've made some laminated cards which contain info about the uniform, insignia and equipment etc., which are suspended from a suitable protrusion, like a button or maybe a belt attachment.  Info boards are displayed at key points around the museum.

Ian
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Ghost on July 18, 2016, 11:33:10 AM
Thank you Ian and Scott!

Ian, I really like the idea of the laminated card on the uniform hope you don't mind that I borrow that idea! Thanks for the pictures that helps.

Scott, I have been doing the exact signage you described except I didn't have the foresight to add a picture. I'm going to keep that in mind when I make more signs. The way it is now all the other members of our organization are about 70 plus years old and have very limited computer skills so along with lifting heavy things this task has fallen to me but I'm up for the challenge.
I'll keep you posted with my progress and possibly a picture or two
Thanks again,
Chuck


Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on July 18, 2016, 01:01:07 PM
  Chuck, I feel your pain when it comes to doing the heavy lifting. My group is directly associated with the local historical society, so not only 70 years plus in age, but mostly women!  Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on July 18, 2016, 01:05:00 PM
Hey Chuck...go ahead...no probs! Here's a display of original WW2 GI items I just set up in a case. The caption is a play on the old wartime saying "Over-paid, over-fed, over-sexed...and over here!"  Barry is the name of the coastal town where the museum is situated.

Ian
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Ghost on July 18, 2016, 06:14:36 PM
Thanks guys!! Really appreciate your help, now I have a new question, if you don't mind.
What is your approach to handling donations?
Do donors just drop items off at the front door no questions asked or do you record as much information from the donor as possible and have them sign legal type documents?
When I started with my group that was one of the first questions I had asked. The response I received was not what I expected at all, they are accepting donations with no questions asked possibly forgetting important details along the way. I am desperately trying to change that mentality I have been gently bringing up the idea of cataloging, assigning an accession numbering system and so forth, also receipts for tax purposes since we are a 501c tax deductible group.
So how do you guys handle this situation?

Thanks again,
Chuck
   
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on July 18, 2016, 09:48:28 PM
  Chuck, it is almost imperative for your group to adopt a deed of gift and a loan agreement. Both must be signed by a member of your group and the donor/lender. Without a signed deed of gift, you do not own the "donated" item and the family can come calling later... It can get ugly and at a minimum is problematic.
  A loan agreement is just that, it says an item is on loan. It also should state for how long, and that you are only responsible under the limits of your existing insurance should the item be lost, stolen, damaged, etc... Any further coverage should be taken out by the loaner. It should also define who is authorized to pick the item up at the end of the term. This ensures that a long lost great nephew 10 times removed doesn't show up claiming the item. I would get this done ASAP, the documents can be quite simple. Always provide a copy to the donor/loaner, and keep one for the museum records.
  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on July 18, 2016, 11:11:38 PM
Good question Chuck. We have a system whereby formatted sheets of our own devising are kept as a record of whatever donations we receive. The info contained thereon includes the donors name/ address and a brief description of the item(s) plus whether or not it's a donation or a loan. The donor is then asked to sign the form. We also endeavour to photograph the item(s) for our own records. Like most museums, at any one time a percentage of our artefacts are "in storage" as we don't have enough room to display everything. Occasionally, someone will come along expecting to see the item(s) they donated on display. If said item(s) are nowhere to be seen (which sometimes happens) then they are usually satisfied to know that they have been properly documented and placed in storage until such time as we can find a home for them.  We also get given a lot of military books...probably more than any other single item! We always smile sweetly and gratefully receive them, but there's not a lot we can do with them unless they happen to be of special interest, for example, a couple of weeks ago a guy brought in an original 1940s RAF Pilots' Flying Manual, which will go into our archives. The other books we tend so sell off on our open days and the money raised goes into our coffers.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Ghost on July 19, 2016, 06:22:57 AM
Thank you both for the very detailed answers to my questions. Now I know I need to bring these issues up at our next monthly meeting. From your answers it pretty important to do this now rather that later. it is rather amazing, once people learn about what you are doing, how much stuff comes out of the woodwork and gets donated to a museum.

Thanks again,
Cheers
Chuck
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Ghost on August 31, 2016, 11:51:30 AM
Thought I would share an article from the local news paper about the museum I have been involved with. Finally opened the doors after dealing with stupid amounts of city red tape.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20160801/military-museum-moves-into-its-new-home-on-daytonas-beach-street

Thanks again for all your help!
CB
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Ghost on August 31, 2016, 11:58:04 AM
One more tidbit, we have a woman on the board of directors of the museum who is originally from Wales and she went home for three weeks and came back with enough real nice allied stuff to make a very nice display. When I remember my camera I will get a few pictures.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on August 31, 2016, 12:43:31 PM
One more tidbit, we have a woman on the board of directors of the museum who is originally from Wales and she went home for three weeks and came back with enough real nice allied stuff to make a very nice display. When I remember my camera I will get a few pictures.

Wales?! God's own country...but then again I'm biased!   ;)
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 31, 2016, 08:42:36 PM
Thought I would share an article from the local news paper about the museum I have been involved with. Finally opened the doors after dealing with stupid amounts of city red tape.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20160801/military-museum-moves-into-its-new-home-on-daytonas-beach-street

Thanks again for all your help!
CB

   Great looking space and congratulations Chuck! Our group will be receiving our new building tomorrow or Friday and we plan to open for Veterans Day. I will share some pics shortly.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on September 01, 2016, 08:34:22 PM
  Here are some pics of our building while still under construction. Pic 1 is the entrance, 2 is the lounge area, 3 is the large exhibit space. The place is now complete and I will add new pics of it this weekend before we begin assembling displays. There are 5 more rooms of exhibit space not shown here as well. Overall its just shy of 4000 sq feet.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on September 01, 2016, 08:39:42 PM
  More of the 40' x 40' large display area and our upper level storage. It is windowless and about 450 square foot. it has separate climate control for the artifacts and as you can see, it sits above the large  display room.   Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on September 01, 2016, 08:45:55 PM
  Here is the unfinished exterior. It is now landscaped, with a lighted sign and of course a paved parking lot. We should take possession tomorrow!   Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on September 02, 2016, 04:43:22 AM
Looking good Scott! It's our big weekend tomorrow...our annual "Wartime Weekend" which has our museum as its hub. Here's my "Doughboy" which I set up yesterday.  It's actually a rare USAS uniform.

Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on September 02, 2016, 09:02:36 PM
  Thanks as always Ian! That is a killer looking WWI tunic and hat. I hope you have a successful Wartime Weekend! Looking forward to your pictures and stories.  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on September 02, 2016, 11:39:49 PM
  Thanks as always Ian! That is a killer looking WWI tunic and hat. I hope you have a successful Wartime Weekend! Looking forward to your pictures and stories.  Scott

Thanks Scott. All kitted-up and ready for the off! I'll be sure to post some pics after the event ( it's both today and tomorrow)

Ian
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on September 03, 2016, 11:09:48 PM
 As promised, some interior shots of our newly finished building. Displays will begin going in next week! 

  First up is our entry counter and then a large room for rotating special exhibits. Our first use will be a large WWI 100th anniversary exhibit for Michigans WWI Centennial.   Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on September 03, 2016, 11:14:09 PM
  Next up and moving down the hall is our lounge and one of two restrooms.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on September 03, 2016, 11:26:27 PM
  Moving further down the hall are 4 individual exhibit rooms that measure about 170 square feet a piece. They will tentatively be used for the following. Room 1= the G.A.R. of Michigan. Room 2= the Civil War through the Spanish-American War. Room 3 Korea and Vietnam. Room 4 the first Gulf War through OIF/OEF. Also Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, and Somalia etc...   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on September 03, 2016, 11:29:46 PM
I'm impressed....and deeply envious!   ???   Well done everyone!
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on September 03, 2016, 11:41:46 PM
  Then we have our large gallery which is about 1600 square feet of floor and 18 foot high walls. This will house WWI, WWII, and our pre-Revolution through 1812 gallery as we have to accommodate our British cannon. In here will likely be a recreated WWI trench, a WWII barracks or aviation ready room. The upper area is storage and exhibit prep and there is also a lower room for storage and prep as well, this area also contains a restroom. The floor is coated and sealed and as you can see there is a large bay door for our WWI ambulance when it is complete. Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:19:48 PM
Our little museum is starting to really transform and come together so I thought I would share some pics I took today while working on exhibits. First up is our entry/desk sign and logo!  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:23:45 PM
  We exist in Grass Lake Michigan as it was the home to Camp Waterloo in WWII. This camp began as a CCC Camp and them they trained M.P.s until 43 at which time it was used to house German P.O.W.s. Here is our entrance homage to Camp Waterloo. The uniform is from a local WWII M.P. who guarded prisoners and also guarded the Soo Locks here in Michigan.  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:27:57 PM
  Our gallery will feature the 100th anniversary of WWI. As far as we can determine, it will be the most comprehensive exhibit in the US. The national WWI museum is larger, but they don't have nearly all of the countries represented that we do. So, some of the mannequin displays! Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:29:41 PM
  "Smalls" have begun to go into the WWI cabinets.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:34:23 PM
Some of our Vietnam room.  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:39:21 PM
  We are assembling a Battle of the Bulge exhibit featuring three of our groupings including a 10th armored, 101st Airborne, and 84th Division groupings. Here are some of those exhibits.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:40:56 PM
  A  local gal who joined the CWAC as she was too young for the U.S. WACs.  Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:42:39 PM
  Our restored 1745 British cannon from the Detroit River and our Michigan in the Revolution through 1812 exhibit under construction.   Scott

Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:44:51 PM
 Some Pacific theater items including a water cooled M1917 MG. This will be the nucleus of a larger 32nd Division themed exhibit.  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:46:09 PM
 Our Maxim and M1919 getting ready for their homes!  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:53:38 PM
As shown in the earlier posts, our gallery will feature the "overall" 100th anniversary of WWI. Our actual WWI Michigan themed exhibit will feature a mock trench and bunker with even more exhibits. The 08 Maxim will be part of the bunker as will a radioman, and an officers cot. There will also be individual exhibits throughout this area  like yard long pictures, gear displays, etc... Here is the "bunker" area which I just completed today. Outside of this will be an added trench wall with MG nest and sandbags, hopefully completed by this weekend.   Scott.

Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 12:54:59 PM
   I hope you all enjoy this brief look. I will add more as things are completed.   Thanks! Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on October 18, 2016, 01:24:57 PM
Well done to you and your team Scott. It's shaping up very nicely...you have some superb exhibits!
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 18, 2016, 09:16:48 PM
Well done to you and your team Scott. It's shaping up very nicely...you have some superb exhibits!

  Thanks Ian! Still a couple of weeks to go before the opening (Nov 4th) and much to do...  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 27, 2016, 04:51:22 PM
 We are one week from our preview opening and here are some of the improvements, I hope you all like them. This is our WWI 100th anniversary gallery exhibit. It is the first stop on the tour. We have added "barbed wire" barriers to separate the mannequins from the guests, small individual signs are complete and the cabinets are full. So, one room down, 6 more to go!   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 27, 2016, 04:57:51 PM
  This is the WWI trench area and it will feature the stories of Michigan service members in the Great War. Shown here are a signal man in 1912 uniform, on the shelf are an 85th Custer Division soldier (right) and a member of the 26th Engineers. Also a 4th ID helmet and a 3rd corps camo helmet.  On the outer bunker wall we are displaying yard longs from our groupings. Then there is the inner trench wall with another 85th soldier in full gear. We will be adding sandbags and netting this weekend. There is also a German machinegun position attached to the outer wall as we are depicting a captured German position.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 27, 2016, 04:59:51 PM
  A trio from our Pacific theater display featuring a 6th Div medic, and a pair of Brothers who were Marines.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 27, 2016, 05:01:38 PM
  A reproduction 3rd Michigan Cavalry officer that goes with all of the framed original documents on the wall in our Civil War room.  Scott
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Post by: ScottG on October 27, 2016, 05:03:54 PM
  An NVA soldier with full gear and the class A uniform of our 173rd Airborne soldier Bob Adams.   Scott
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Post by: ScottG on October 27, 2016, 05:05:36 PM
  Some of the Korean War exhibit beginning to take shape.   Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 29, 2016, 10:40:18 PM
  Our display signage has arrived and tomorrow we will make a final push to complete displays and staging. The rest of the week will be adding the signs and tidying up for the opening on Friday for our community. Then the grand opening on Veterans Day weekend! Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: littlebuddy on October 30, 2016, 01:21:58 AM
Way to go Scott ! I wish you all the very best success on your grand opening! 

LB
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on October 30, 2016, 02:33:01 AM
Scott...speaking as one local military museum volunteer to another, I congratulate you and your team on your splendid efforts and wish you all the very best for the grand opening!

( Part of our group...that's me on the left in the HBTs. We recently welcomed a school party as WW2 "evacuees" and gave them a presentation in the museum on the "Homefront". It's a service we offer to the community)
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Rakkasan187 on October 30, 2016, 06:04:11 AM
Scott,

The exhibits are looking great and well presented..

Smitty
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Rakkasan187 on October 30, 2016, 06:07:43 AM
Ian,

The way you invite the public to your museum is wonderful. To get the children involved is especially important. It is great to see that they take an active role in preserving their history,,

Well done to you and the volunteers and children..

Smitty
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on October 30, 2016, 11:19:15 AM
Ian,

The way you invite the public to your museum is wonderful. To get the children involved is especially important. It is great to see that they take an active role in preserving their history,,

Well done to you and the volunteers and children..

Smitty

Thank you kindly Leigh!  We really enjoy the interaction with the kids ( I'm a retired career teacher so it comes naturally to me!)  ;)
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on October 30, 2016, 09:54:56 PM
  Thanks to everyone for all of the kind words and encouragement. As many of you already know, museums are a tough business and there is little financial support in the US for these things in the government sector, so nearly all operating expenses are from the public. I hope they like what we present and that we can make it succeed.
  Ian, I have been e-mailing school districts for the last several weeks to invite educators and administrators to come down so they can plan future trips for the kids. We actually have 2 14 year old boys doing digitizing for us and a 16 year old docent, so the future isn't totally lost! I hope we can end up having events such as your museum someday.    Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on October 31, 2016, 01:26:47 AM
  Thanks to everyone for all of the kind words and encouragement. As many of you already know, museums are a tough business and there is little financial support in the US for these things in the government sector, so nearly all operating expenses are from the public. I hope they like what we present and that we can make it succeed.
  Ian, I have been e-mailing school districts for the last several weeks to invite educators and administrators to come down so they can plan future trips for the kids. We actually have 2 14 year old boys doing digitizing for us and a 16 year old docent, so the future isn't totally lost! I hope we can end up having events such as your museum someday.    Scott

Scott, the National Curriculum, taught in all UK schools, contains a module on World War Two. Thus, we have a ready made audience, so to speak. We've contacted all of the local schools to offer our services...free of charge. The take up rate has been very good so far. In fact, we're due another school group on Wednesday morning!
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on February 07, 2017, 09:22:59 PM
  One of our volunteers built an incredible cabinet for the large 84th Division group we have. In a huge twist of irony, the volunteers own Father served in the same regiment and battalion as that of the man whose items are displayed. He didn't know this until the cabinet was done and he asked me to look into his Fathers service in WWII. We are still working on the center section, but as you can see, it holds a television for a video presentation of all of PFC Nock's photos and art. It will be filled than covered by acrylic like the two sides with the mannequins. We are truly humbled by the woodworking abilities of our volunteers! This would have cost a small fortune to purchase.  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on February 07, 2017, 09:25:51 PM
  An antique angled wood and glass cabinet that I reworked and added a pedestal to. It brings it to eye level and now it holds the groupings of Louis Siembor of the 10th Armored and Earl Roberts of the 101stAirborne. Both are "Bulge" veterans, so a bit of a theme. 
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on February 07, 2017, 09:28:30 PM
   Our new 8th Air Force exhibit featuring B-17 navigator Ralph Brown.   Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Tom E. Gunn on February 07, 2017, 11:02:52 PM
Superb displays Scott. Would you like to lend your carpenter to us?!
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on February 07, 2017, 11:11:22 PM
Superb displays Scott. Would you like to lend your carpenter to us?!

   Thanks Ian, and I would lend you Dennis, but you already have Carl! You just need to dangle a flightsuit or other AAF goodie and I bet he will come running ;D    Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: Rakkasan187 on February 08, 2017, 06:25:08 AM
Scott,

The exhibits are incredible.. remarkable craftsmanship and talent. I hope that the research on the Soldier works out and you will be able to find information for your friend..

Thank you for updating us on the progress you have made..

Smitty
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: littlebuddy on February 08, 2017, 12:57:12 PM
Superb displays Scott. Would you like to lend your carpenter to us?!

   Thanks Ian, and I would lend you Dennis, but you already have Carl! You just need to dangle a flightsuit or other AAF goodie and I bet he will come running ;D    Scott

Now that was funny !!! ;D

Great looking set up and display case Scott !!
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 03, 2017, 03:33:10 PM
      So, I have been silent for a while in regards to the museum and thought I would add the reason why. On Saturday the 5th of August we will hosting an event we titled "The Summer Campaign". What started out as a simple fundraiser has evolved into a recognition ceremony for several area WWII veterans, a reunion/meeting of our 8th Air Force Navigator with a Dutch citizen who was saved by the Operation Manna/Chowhound food drops, and an unveiling of some new exhibits spaces completed by our volunteers and funded by the Home Depot Foundation! It should prove to be an interesting and busy day with ceremonies, live entertainment, and food & drink!
       Here are some updates to our exhibits starting with a new WWI trench line exhibit with bunker and built in display cases.  Scott
 
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 03, 2017, 03:35:57 PM
The trench line exhibit cases.  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 03, 2017, 03:42:03 PM
  Beneath the 4, 48" x 36" cases are areas for ordnance, footlockers, etc... In the trench is an 85th "Custer Division" trooper and an Adjutant General Corps, Army Field Clerk Officer. In the small corner bunker is a radioman complete with signals book, field phone, trench shotgun, typewriter and a working wine bottle candle lamp.    Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 03, 2017, 03:46:50 PM
  As you exit the trench, the back of the walls hold another WWI exhibit space that transitions into the WWII ETO exhibit. Here you find our WWI U.S. Navy exhibit, a Polar Bear, another "Custerman" as well as items from the Michigan National Guard's 32nd Division. On the WWII side is our 8th AAF Navigator, a U.S. Constabulary trooper from 1945-46, an 86th Division infantryman, and a Coastie!  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 03, 2017, 03:54:06 PM
  Our new Pacific theater "hut" contains a "window" full of WWII Japanese weaponry including a Type 89 "knee" mortar, a Nambu Machine Gun, a couple of variation Type 99 rifles, a pole bayonet, as well as a sword, helmet and canteen. Inside are exhibits from Michigan service members that served in the Pacific/CBI. They include Marines from the 4th MarDiv, 1st Marine Air Wing, China Marine, a sailor from the Indianapolis and the aviator who found the survivors, a PT boat man, the army's 6th I.D. an Engineer Special Brigade Amphibious AMTRAC driver in both HBT and dress uniform, 32nd Division, and 14th AAF.  Scott.
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 03, 2017, 03:56:45 PM
  More of the hut.  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 03, 2017, 04:01:52 PM
  Our Korea/Vietnam exhibit is really starting to come together with a new, large exhibit of a career Marine who served in both wars. Also notice the captured oil painting of Ho Chi Minh. The vet took this in Cambodia in 1971 while serving in the 1st Cav. He was actually featured on "Pawn Stars" with it and they refused it as it was "communist". There loss, our gain!  Scott
Title: Re: Museum Chat
Post by: ScottG on August 03, 2017, 04:05:03 PM
  We still have a Battle of the Bulge area we are working on and I will share it when its done. there is also a bit of "detail" work to be done, but overall I am excited to see what the public response will be on Saturday! I will leave you with a tidbit from our Civil War area that shows our 6lb cannon.   Scott