Monday, September 14, 2015
The next Atlantic County Veterans Museum Donation Tuesday will be held on September 22 at the Atlantic County Library/Mays Landing, 40 Farragut Avenue, from 10 AM to 1 PM.
Representatives of the Atlantic County Veterans Museum Committee will be available to accept donation items for the new museum that is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. The museum will serve as a tribute to our local veterans and provide an educational resource for residents and visitors. It will be located in the historic Daniel Estell House located on Route 50 in Estell Manor adjacent to the Atlantic County Park and veterans’ cemetery.
After receiving the approval of the State Historic Preservation Office, contractors have been working for several months to rehabilitate the structure where Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, the state's first female mayor, once lived and bring it up to current code standards and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among the added features will be an elevator and rest rooms. The building will also be equipped with improved lighting, phone and Internet service, computers, exhibit cases and more.
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. 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 as well as construction photos.
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.