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
"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
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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