Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Donations of artifacts attributed to the military service of Atlantic County citizens through all conflicts and from all branches of service will be accepted for display in the soon-to-be completed Atlantic County Veterans Museum during two upcoming collection dates.
Representatives from the Atlantic County Veterans Museum Committee will be on hand to accept donations on Saturday, February 20 at VFW Post #220, 1209 Rt. 50 in Mays Landing from 10 AM to 2 PM and again on Saturday, March 19 at American Legion Post #352, 1st and Pennsylvania Avenue in Somers Point, from 12 noon to 4 PM.
Artifacts with a direct connection to area veterans and personal accounts are of particular interest. A scanner will be available on both dates for those making donations of photos, letters, etc. who prefer to keep their originals.
A categorized list of suggested articles is available on the county web site at www.aclink.org/vetsmuseum. The site also includes preservation tips for specific types of artifacts and construction progress photos.
"This museum is a labor of love that will serve as a lasting tribute to our veterans and their families," stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. "We also hope it will be of interest to area youth and serve as a resource for schools."
The historic Daniel Estell House located on Route 50 in Estell Manor adjacent to the Atlantic County Park and veterans' cemetery will house the museum. The former home of Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, the state's first female mayor, has been rehabilitated to meet current code standards and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among the added features are an elevator and rest rooms. The building is also being equipped with improved lighting, phone and Internet service, computers, exhibit cases and more.
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.