The World War I Mobile Museum is on the Move!
By Keith Colley
Special to the United States World War One Centennial Commission web site
Note: We have been in touch with our friend Keith Colley, owner of the incredible WWI Mobile Museum (see previous articles here and here). Keith and the museum have been very busy telling the WWI story -- he recently completed a trip to New England, with several stops, and he also has shared with us his upcoming schedule. We talked to Keith for a bit last week, and he filled us in.—Chris Isleib, Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission
The WWI Mobile Museum had an amazing trip to the East Coast outside of Boston in the City of Newburyport which was settled in 1635 with guests from all over the east coast including Veterans from the First Massachusetts VFW in the Neighboring town of Haverhill which began in January of 1917.
The Museum was hosted by Avita of Newburyport. The guests were filled with so many stories and tears from their Fathers and Grandfathers time in “The Great War”. I think besides the amazing stories, I love when people bring personal items with them that their loved ones have kept over all the years and share their personal stories that keeps them alive 100 years later.
You will see a couple pics of items people shared with me at the showing. There was one man who brought his grandfathers pic from the war with all his fellow troops and set it up in hopes to find more names of his grandfather's buddies. It became very real as everyone wanted to help!
The goal of the WWI Mobile Museum is to make sure that every pPerson has the opportunity to pay their respects and remember a war from so long ago.
I would love to have the opportunity to bring the Museum to any event you might be having or you can just make the Museum your event. We are about to hit the 200,000 visitors mark and we would like to add you, your family, your friends and their friends to sign our guest book!
It is so very easy to request a showing, just call 469-358-6580. Check out our FB page which is updated almost daily. Search for WWI 100th Anniversary Mobile Museum and you will be able follow the “goings-on” and special stories from our visitors, not to mention the updates and history from our very own WWI Roving Reporter Jewel Arden. Here is a list of of upcoming showings, remember just call and let us know how we can bring it to you!!!
Here is a short list of upcoming events, please check out our website (http://www.ww1mobilemuseum.com/home.html) for additions or changes.
- Tribute, Prosper, TX May 18
- Oxford, Tulsa, OK May 23
- Larkspur Twin Creeks, Alan, TX May 27
- Adriatica, McKinney, TX June 1
- Heritage Ranch & Ctry Clb Fairview, TX June 6
- Traditions, Sherman, TX June 29
- Oxford, Wichita, KS July 2
- City wide event, Joplin, Mo Sept 7-14
- Harbor Chase, Southlake, TX Sept 21
- Discovery Villages, Southlake, TX Sept 26
- Alzheimers Walk, Grapevine, TX Oct 12
- Veterans Recg, Kemah Bdwlk, Nov 2/3
- CYN Vet’s Parade/expo, Syracuse, NY Nov 9
- NCSS Conf, Auston, TX Nov 22-24
- “All is Calm” Musical San Antonio, Dec 12-22