Rotary Club sponsors exhibit at memorial museum

For immediate release
July 29, 1999

Many Abilene Rotarians answered the call of duty during the 1940s for World War II, and now the Abilene Rotary Club has answered a new call to duty. They have sponsored the half-track, a combat utility vehicle, exhibit for the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum.

This sponsorship is part of a national campaign for establishing a teaching museum about World War II. The memorial museum will preserve the history of the 12th Armored Division, which trained near Abilene at Camp Barkeley. Such a museum will help educate the world about the division and the war through the use of technology.

Interactive exhibit galleries will utilize laser-triggered digital imagery presentations to enhance the still exhibits. Intructional digital video componants will be used in the gallery exhibits. A computer lab will be located on the lower level, anchoring the educational aspect of the museum. Summer conferences will be conducted for teachers and others who will learn how to access museum exhibits and resources from their classroom via the Internet.

"This is going to be a true technological museum," said Dr. Vernon Williams, professor of history at ACU. "That's why this project is so unique."

There are many opportunities open to the public and corporate entities to support the creation of the museum.

Rick Robins, campaign director for the museum, says, "Anyone interested in history, the war or in helping out can support the museum in a number of ways.

Two million dollars are needed to fund the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum. We expect to be able to start building in one year, after all the funds come in."

For more information about supporting the museum project, contact Robins at 674-2385.

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