The Citizen-Solider in WWII Gallery is open to the public. Read the National Guard Magazine October 2014 article!
Read more about the gallery renovation in The Washington Report!
Kristen Rowley, our Museum Intern from the graduate school program at George Washington University has a new exhibit in the foyer! Please come and see uniform parts from 1855 on display. Prior to the Civil War, many National Guard units were authorized to design their own uniforms — 2d Sergeant Effingham Vanderburgh of Newburgh, NY wore these items while serving with Company D of the NY 19th Infantry Regiment. The design was influenced by the Revolutionary War and they called themselves, “Washington Continental Guards”. In his civilian life, Sgt. Vanderburgh was a cabinet maker.
On December 4, 2014, Mr. Mike Waite donated 30 Field Manuals from the 1940s to the National Guard Memorial Archives. Used by an Indiana National Guardsman, the manuals are Federally published and distributed. They are a testament to the endurance of the Dick Act, 1903, ensuring that the National Guard soldier would be trained and equipped right along side his Federal counterpart. 28 of the manuals are 7″ by 4″ and apply such subjects as “Engineer Soldier’s Handbook”, “Military Police”, “Motor Transport”, “Protective Measures, Individuals and Small Units”, and “Military Sanitation.” Two others are hardbound and entitled, “Infantry Drill Regulations” and “The State Defense Force Manual”. These volumes are in pristine condition and are available to the public for research and reading.