January to June 2008 Activity Summary
Remodeling and refurbishing continue to be the main activities of Museum staff made necessary by both the need to keep exhibits and facilities current as well as the need to prepare for our Accreditation inspection scheduled for this fall.
The new rear
entryway addition is nearing completion; all that remains is to install exterior
lighting, complete some minor unfinished work, and landscape.
In the last few months, appropriated funds were obtained allowing the
remodeling to continue into the interior of the building.
Work plans call for finishing walls, carpeting, and creation of a
reception/office immediately to the right of the entryway in the area currently
being used as a supply room. When
completed, the result will be an aesthetically pleasing public entrance,
accommodating visitors from both the Army Women’s Museum and the future
Work also continues on upgrading exhibit labels. The History & Heritage, McNamara Supply, Supporting Victory, and portions of the Past Missions and Clothing & Textile Galleries have been updated with better labels and labeling techniques. It is the intent to complete all galleries by the fall. The introductory timeline will also be replaced with an improved version to complement the other new graphics that have been installed in the gallery entrance. The addition of a Red Ball Express exhibit panel in the transportation section of the Past Missions Gallery was installed in order to expand the Transportation Corps story and to reinforce the historical link between the two branches.
year’s focus on Accreditation, Museum staff has continued to provide
assistance to outside agencies and organization for exhibit and other
professional support. Over 65 hours
of exhibit assistance has been provided to such organizations as the Army Center
of Excellence, the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, the Army Quartermaster
Foundation, particularly as part of the Quartermaster Symposium, and the Defense
Supply Center Richmond. Almost 90
hours of professional support has been provided to the U.S. Army Center of
Military History and the American Association of Museums by Staff in such areas
as BRAC planning relative to the relocation of the Ordnance Museum to Fort Lee,
analyzing BRAC implications on the entire Army Museum System, and conducting
Accreditation inspections on behalf of the American Association of Museums.
The Staff remains committed to accepting requests for professional and
exhibit support as time permits.
Museum Acquires New Staff Member
In May Mr. Ryan Underhill, under contract funded by the Littlejohn Fund,
began work on a project to organize and exhibit the Museum’s cloth insignia
collection. Similar in concept
to the Distinguished Unit Insignia, the cloth insignia (primarily rank and
shoulder sleeve insignia) will be contained in pull-out drawers for visitor
viewing and will be eventually located within the Past Missions Gallery.
When completed, the exhibit will enable the always popular “shoulder
patches”, one of the most complete in public domain, to be viewed by visitors
in an interesting and educational manner.
The work is expected to be completed sometime this fall and it is hoped
that Mr. Underhill will be available for future such projects.