The Indiana Military Museum boast one of the most comprehensive collections of military artifacts in the Mid-west. The museum is anticipating its busiest year since its move to the downtown location in 2012. The museum is expecting two important additions to its displays this year. The USS Indianapolis Nuclear Sub Monument will be arriving by late May. With the Indianapolis Conning Tower and Sail along with the redevelopment of the body of the sub from black pigmented concrete, the museum will be able to honor the men and women who have served in silent service. This monument has been sponsored in whole by the Submarine Veterans Association.
The museum will also be completing and dedicating its 2 ½ year restoration project on the M-1917 tank. The date for the dedication has been set for November 2nd at 6:30p.m. at Highland Woods Community Center. General Patton’s grandson, George Patton Waters, will be guest speaker for the banquet to be held then. Governor Holcomb is also expected to attend. The ceremony has been recognized by the Indiana WWI Centennial Committee and the National WWI Centennial Commission as a significantly–recognized WWI Centennial activity.
The museum is also offering honorary ownership in track pads, which are necessary to be recast for the WWI tank project. For $250 a pad, any interested party or organization can purchase one toward the required 64. With this ownership, the donor will receive a document with serial number and correspondence to the track pad itself. which will be signed by General Patton’s grandson and a photo with George Patton Waters will also be available at the dedication ceremony on November 2nd.
The museum is also preparing for the implementation of its $250,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development which will allow 23,000 square feet of the museum’s current warehouse facility to be converted to a permanent exhibit diorama depicting scenes from WWI through the Vietnam War. As soon as the museum can raise the funds necessary to complete a storage building to accommodate the displaced artifacts, work equipment, and workshop that was currently housed in the warehouse, the restoration project will begin. It is anticipated that the projected shall be completed within 14 months of that date.
The museum will also extend its hours on Rendezvous weekend – opening at 10:00a.m. and closing at 5:30pm each day.
Submitted by Museum Curator, Jim Osborne