MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(4 April, 2013)
National Guard Militia Museum Reopens After Sandy
WHO/WHAT: Volunteers who work to rebuild the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey celebrate the re-opening the facility six months after Hurricane Sandy damaged most the museum’s collection and did extensive damage to the building.
WHEN: Saturday, April 6, at 12 p.m.
WHERE: Militia Museum, National Guard Joint Training Center, Sea Girt
SEA GIRT, N.J. – Just six months after five-feet of water from Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed nearly everything in the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey, here, the facility reopened to the public on April 7.
Located on the historic National Guard Training Center, the museum closed due to water damage, will once again offer visitors a chronological history of the Garden State through the eyes of the militia and National Guard.
“The museum sustained damage to 85% of its collection during the storm,” said Capt. Vincent Solomeno, command historian of the New Jersey National Guard and the museum’s curator. “Now, thanks in large measure to the generosity and time of individual volunteers, visitors will once again be able to learn about the rich history of New Jersey’s citizen soldiers and airmen.”
Following the hurricane, volunteers set out to stabilize damaged artifacts and renovate a portion of facility with an eye toward resuming the museum’s mission of educating the public about Garden State military history.
Jerry Travers, 75, of Brick Township, is one of many volunteers who have dedicated time to the museum’s recovery. A retired Army National Guard sergeant, he said, "I was amazed at the damage done by the water, but we are making a comeback.”
Established in 1980, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey presents the role of the New Jersey Militia and the National Guard within the context of the larger history of the state. Collections include original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photographs, artifacts and art from the period of Dutch, Swedish and British colonization through the War for Independence, Civil War and World Wars I and II to the present day, with particular attention paid to the diversity of the New Jersey citizen soldier and his or her experience.
The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.