Press Releases

May 29, 2020

One of a Kind WWII Artifact Donated to the National Museum of Americans in Wartime

On April 28, 2020 a donation to the National Museum of Americans in Wartime was made by Caroline Kilgore, a World War II Rosie Riveter, and received by Jim Bish, a representative of the Museum. The donation is an aileron wing structure made of materials from an American World War II aircraft. It has clear anodized rivets with an aluminum finish which was standard for that time. Setting the rivets required two very skilled workers. One person used the pneumatic rivet gun and the other used the rivet set or “bucking bar” as they continuously communicated. Riveting was an art form that took craftsmanship. Any metal with scratches or dents from the rivet gun was deemed unacceptable.

The aileron wing was made by Dave Fulcher and gifted to Caroline Kilgore in honor of her service as a Rosie. Dave’s mother, Ruth, was also a World War II Rosie. She worked in the famed Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Dave and his brother Kin own a business, Highway Chopper, in Glendale, Arizona.

This donated World War II era aircraft wing was signed by over twenty Rosies from the Sun City, Arizona Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association before a clear glaze finish completed the historic one of a kind piece. Nine of these Rosies have been interviewed by the National Museum of Americans in Wartime Voices of Freedom project. They are, Frances Ellis, Caroline Kilgore, Arkie Huffman, Mary Jo McCully, Corinne Kellar, Eileen Blackler, Erlinda Avila, Marie Brannan, and Eileen Berger.  Their interviews can be viewed on the Museum’s website at www.nmaw.org.  On the back of the aileron wing, some daughters of Rosies, called Rosebuds, have also signed.

Until the Rosie signed aileron wing gets a permanent place in the museum, it will be on temporary exhibit with many other artifacts in the Voices of Freedom’s mobile recording studio, which also serves as mobile museum. The mobile recording studio is driven to museum and military events every year in the eastern United States.  

This piece along with numerous other artifacts, tanks, and various other operating military vehicles will be on display at the museums annual open house scheduled for August 29 and 30 in Nokesville, VA.  Visit our website at www.nmaw.org for more information and directions to the event. 

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November 4, 2019

Dennis G. Brant appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Museum of Americans in Wartime.

The Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Americans in Wartime (NMAW) has named Dennis G. Brant to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. His appointment is effective November 4th, 2019.

Dennis’ experience as a consultant for the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, Brant Sports Group and as Director of Development and Sponsorship for the Military Bowl as well as his fundraising expertise makes him a valuable addition to the museums executive team.

In 1997, Dennis founded World Travel Management, LLC. which specializing in providing corporate, nonprofit and government travel.  He served as the companies president and CEO until 2011.

Founded in 2008, the National Museum of Americans in Wartime is a not-for-profit cultural and educational institution dedicated to honoring those who have served in all branches of the United States military and on the home front, from World War I to the present. The Museum serves to educate the public, especially young people, by telling individual stories of personal experience, realities of war, and sacrifices made by Americans striving to preserve our freedoms. The Museum inspires visitors by enabling them to experience military vehicles, explore artifacts, and participate in reenactments and special programs in a dynamic, interactive environment.

The National Museum of Americans in Wartime will be located on nearly 70 acres in Prince William County, Virginia, just 22 miles south of Washington, D.C. The property for the museum was donated by the Hylton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit www.NMAW.org

 

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February 12, 2019

Statement from Allan D. Cors, Founding Chairman 

National Museum of Americans in Wartime 

In honor of John D. Jenkins

John D. Jenkins personified the best in American citizenry and patriotism.

He proudly served his country as an Army Lieutenant Colonel during two tours of duty in Vietnam. He then dedicated his life to public service and was a role model for all.

Supervisor Jenkins was a passionate advocate for the creation of the National Museum of Americans in Wartime and enthusiastically supported our vision for this unique educational experience in Dale City, Virginia. Museum leadership and volunteers were privileged to join with others in honoring both John and Ernestine at the Leadership Prince William Evening of Excellence award dinner last June, where Prince William County’s next generation of leaders were inspired by the clear recognition of his extraordinary contributions to his community and country.

Truly, John will be missed, but the impact of his remarkably well lived life will be with us for the generations to come. Thank you, John.

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