Museum Center at Five Points

Bringing WWII to life for local students

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Posted 9/30/18

The Museum Center was honored to receive donations from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81 members, Janet Allen, Juanita Cooper, and Mary Baier, along with American Legion Post 81 Commander Donnie …

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Bringing WWII to life for local students

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The Museum Center was honored to receive donations from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81 members, Janet Allen, Juanita Cooper, and Mary Baier, along with American Legion Post 81 Commander Donnie Handcock. Leigh Ann Boyd and Joanne Swafford of the Ocoee Chapter of the DAR and Anita Green of the new and forming Chestuee Chapter of the DAR, gave additional donations all to go towards a new World War II traveling trunk.

Long time Museum supporter, Phil Newman, will be working in collaboration with the Museum to bring the World War II trunk to life. Newman, an avid collector of military memorabilia and a past board president, has never been shy to offer the Museum Center support through donations and loans from his own collection. During this trunk project, Newman has been kind enough to donate some of his own World War II memorabilia as a foundation for this new traveling trunk.

“This new trunk will allow us to celebrate the legacy of those who served in the second world war, along with broadening our horizons in area classrooms.” says Museum Center Curator of Education Mitch Mizell. The Museum Center “Trunk Shows” give teachers and students a museum experience in their own classroom. Students have the opportunity to view artifacts, engage in hands-on learning, and experience object lessons where students tell their own story about an artifact.

Trunk shows and school tours are free of charge to any school group. This includes Cleveland City, Bradley, and Polk County school systems along with any private or homeschool group.

The Museum Center and the Ocoee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have collaborated to do two public programs in the coming months. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, from 2-5 pm, The Museum Center, The Ocoee Chapter DAR, and the Department of History at Lee University will be hosting Faces of War: A Living History Event. This event will feature an afternoon of local biographies from soldiers and civilians from the World War I era, to honor the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day of that war. On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Museum Center and the Ocoee Chapter DAR will be hosting a D-Day History Happy Hour to mark the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. The two organization will host an evening of food, drinks, live music, and a guest speaker.

The Museum Center is both a museum and cultural center that houses exhibits and artifacts relating to the history of the Ocoee Region of Tennessee, which includes Bradley, Polk, and East Hamilton counties. The mission statement for the museum is ‘Telling the story of the Ocoee Region.’ Additionally, the museum features a permanent exhibit, The River of Time, which traces the history of Bradley County. Five to six temporary exhibitions are displayed throughout the year that focuses on aspects of the history and culture of the Ocoee Region.

If you have local items from World War II that you would be willing to donate to the trunk, please contact Curator of Education Mitch Mizell at mmizell@musuemcenter.org.

For more information, visit museumcenter.org or call 423-339-5745. You can also follow the Museum Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It is located at 200 Inman St.

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