Director Linda Minichiello has introduced several new exhibits at the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum and is seeking additional artifacts.
The Camp Gordon Johnston Museum in Carrabelle is dedicated to the memory of a World War II training facility that occupied most of Franklin County from 1942-44. It houses an extensive collection of wartime memorabilia including uniforms, propaganda, furniture, weapons and more.
The museum recently expanded into additional galleries and added a series of rooms depicting wartime life in Carrabelle and at the camp. In addition, a display case now spotlights the role of religion during the war.
The centerpiece of the collection is a beautiful harmonium donated by Ouida Sack of Eastpoint. The exterior of the instrument is in mint condition but it is not currently playable. Minichiello said Paul Marxsen will be taking a look at the works soon to see what needs to be done to put it in perfect pitch.
Also on display are a military hymnal; two Bibles, one a rare edition displaying the insignia of the Army Air Corps; a photograph of a church service at Camp Gordon Johnston and a print of the Last Supper in an antique frame.
The museum also has several exhibits dealing with conflicts other than World War II. Minichiello said that, after the 911 terrorist attacks, at the request of local World War II veterans, she created a series of exhibits in the movie room with artifacts from wars that came before and after that war..
Minichiello said she is seeking artifacts from the Spanish-American War, the Civil War and the American Revolution to add to her collection. Please do not donate ordnance.
The museum at 1001 Gray Ave is open Monday through Thursday 1300 to 1600 hours (1 to 4 p.m.), Friday 1200 to 1600 hours (noon to 1 p.m.) and Saturday 1000 to 1400 hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) For more information, call 697-8575. By LOIS SWOBODA