Friday, September 26, 2014
The Atlantic County Veterans Museum Committee will hold two collection dates in October to accept donations and loans of military service items for future display in the Atlantic County Veterans Museum.
Donations/loans of military items attributed to the military service of Atlantic County citizens through all conflicts and from all branches of service will be accepted on Wednesday, October 8 at the Atlantic County Library/Mays Landing, 40 Farragut Avenue and on Saturday, October 25 at the Absecon VFW, 433 White Horse Pike, from 10 AM to 3 PM each day.
Artifacts with a direct connection to an area veteran including photographs, supporting service documentation, and/or personal accounts are of particular interest. A categorized list of articles of interest is available on the county web site at www.aclink.org/vetsmuseum. The site also includes preservation tips for specific types of artifacts.
The Veterans Museum Committee was formed by County Executive Dennis Levinson in 2013 to help develop policies and procedures for accepting donations and identify necessary renovations for the historic Daniel Estell Manor House which the county has provided to house the museum. It is located adjacent to the county park in Estell Manor. Included within the park is the county veterans cemetery, currently undergoing its own expansion.
"Through this museum we hope to tell the stories of our own military heroes and share our unique history," said Levinson. "Interest in this project has steadily been growing as evidenced by the wonderful donations we continue to receive."
For more information, visit www.aclink.org/vetsmuseum or call Cindy Mason-Purdie, Administrator of the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, at (609) 646-8699 ext. 6314.