12th Armored Division Memorial Museum takes giant step
For Immediate Release
Jan. 26, 2000
ABILENE - "The deal was closed" today to purchase the
former "Lone Star Gas" building at Hickory and N. 2nd
streets to house the 12th Armored Division Memorial
Building rehabilitation will begin immediately and
continue throughout this year. The projected grand opening
date of the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum at the
Hickory and N. 2nd location in Abilene is July 2001.
The museum will be dedicated in October 2001 when the
12th Armored Association conducts their national reunion at
The museum will house exhibits and displays of World War
II and feature a major education facility providing students
of all levels unique opportunities to study World War II.
The museum will be a teaching museum.
"The 12th Armored Division was a unique group of men
serving at a unique time in history," said Dr. Vernon L.
Williams, director of the 12th Armored Division Memorial
Museum project. "Their story will serve as a vehicle to
teach generations of children not yet born about World War
II and its impact on America and her people."
Along with technologically advanced interactive learning
opportunities and incredible displays, the museum will house
production shops and laboratories for staff, university
students and volunteers to create all exhibition materials
for the museum and equip future public historians with the
essential tools of their trade.
The 12th Armored Division was the last major division to
train at Camp Barkeley in the 1940s near Abilene. Their
accomplishments and stories will be documented in this
museum through mountains of memorabilia donated by veterans
and their families.
Total display space in the museum will equal about 28,000
square feet. That includes an outdoor area where World War
II vehicles such as tanks, jeeps, half-tracks and more will
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