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#whereiskilroywednesday today? Today Kilroy is learning about the Cadet Armory (also called The Castle). Built in the 18...
02/19/2020

#whereiskilroywednesday today? Today Kilroy is learning about the Cadet Armory (also called The Castle). Built in the 1890s it was the home of the Cadets until they moved to the current location on Commonwealth Ave. in the late 1960s. Did you know that the castle was also featured in the film Little Women Movie? Can you find it in the film? Can you find Kilroy today? Let us know below!

#littlewomen #littlewomenmovie #armory #kilroywashere #museum #boston #military #oscars2020 #castle #massachusetts #louisamayalcott

We may have been away for #presidentsday but did you know that the First Corps of Cadets had a member in the Vice Presid...
02/18/2020

We may have been away for #presidentsday but did you know that the First Corps of Cadets had a member in the Vice Presidency? Yep! Colonel Henry Wilson of the 22nd Massachusetts (who the First Corps now carries lineage!) went to become the #VicePresident under #President Ulysses S. Grant!
(Image courtesy of the First Corps of Cadets Collection)

Are you a PT belt? Because you shine bright in our eyes!Happy Valentines Day from the First Corps Museum (innovators of ...
02/14/2020

Are you a PT belt? Because you shine bright in our eyes!
Happy Valentines Day from the First Corps Museum (innovators of the reflective belt!) and may you celebrate with someone who you love and shines in your eyes.

(Pictured below: 1919 reflective belt used during Boston Police Strike, museum collection. Photo copyright Museum of the First Corps of Cadets 2020)

02/11/2020

Before we get back to your favorite First Corps posts, we at the museum need your help! Our curator is thinking of a few events to add to the museum calendar but she can not decide on which to add. She is thinking Movies at the Museum where the museum would show a movie (with snacks!) and then possibly talk about an artifact from the collection related to the movie in an open discussion (movies would vary from family friendly to more serious). OR Luncheon and Lecture where guests can bring a lunch and listen to our curator or a guest lecturer on topics related to the First Corps and/or today's Military Police/ National Guard. So we ask you, which would you like more? Vote below! We really appreciate it!

This #WhereIsKilroyWednesday we would like to THANK YOU for 100 "Likes" on our page! This is a large milestone and we co...
02/05/2020

This #WhereIsKilroyWednesday we would like to THANK YOU for 100 "Likes" on our page! This is a large milestone and we could not be here without you. Of course Kilroy is in on the celebration as well. Can you find him?

02/04/2020

Happy happy happy birthday to our friends at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from our Hancock to yours on their 150th Birthday! MONSTRAT VIAM!
#mfaboston #MFA150

#whereisKilroyWednesday this Wednesday? Well he has hopped on over to the new VAFCC Museum Blog! Check out January's art...
01/29/2020
Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets

#whereisKilroyWednesday this Wednesday? Well he has hopped on over to the new VAFCC Museum Blog! Check out January's artifact of the month here!

This month is the coat worn by Nathan Appleton Jr. from 1865 that was worn at many occasions such as the Grand Review and worn at the Appomattox Courthouse. Nathan Appleton, Jr., was born in Boston on February 2, 1843. He graduated from Harvard in 1863 and went off to serve in the Civil War as a sec

Having a great time photographing the Bowdoin Sword for a fun project coming soon! #photography #studio #studiophotograp...
01/26/2020

Having a great time photographing the Bowdoin Sword for a fun project coming soon!

#photography #studio #studiophotography #artifacts #sword #military #army #nationalguard #project

Kilroy is at it again on the stairs! This #whereiskilroywednesday Kilroy is taking another look at the First Corps of Ca...
01/15/2020

Kilroy is at it again on the stairs! This #whereiskilroywednesday Kilroy is taking another look at the First Corps of Cadets colors learning about the role of the First Corps in World War Two. He keeps asking our curator about the weather balloons the Cadets protected in California in case of foreign attack on the west coast! Can you find him? Comment below!

#wwii #kilroywashere #coastartillery #vallejo #weather #military #army #veterans #massachusetts

It's #MuseumMonday again and today we are looking at this cute card that our curator recently found! We think it is earl...
01/13/2020

It's #MuseumMonday again and today we are looking at this cute card that our curator recently found! We think it is early 20th century going by the illustration style. We will keep you posted about "Little Breeches" as we find out more!
Photo from the Museum of the First Corps of Cadets

#discovery #museums #cute #army #Military #illustation #toys #farmlife

It's #whereiskilroywednesday again and today Kilroy decided to catch up on some history lessons to start the new year! T...
01/08/2020

It's #whereiskilroywednesday again and today Kilroy decided to catch up on some history lessons to start the new year! Today he is learning all about LTC Benjamin Pollard, the Cadets' First Commander in 1741. Did you know that the First Corps of Cadets were at first the Royal Governor of the Province of Massachusetts' personal body guards? They even wore red coats! Can you find Kilroy? Comment below!
(Portrait of LTC Benjamin Pollard by Churchill, Photo Courtesy of the First Corps of Cadets Museum)

#history #revolutionarywar #massachusetts #army #nationalguard #kilroywashere

While the New England Patriots may have ended their season, it is still #museummonday here at the Museum! Did you know t...
01/06/2020

While the New England Patriots may have ended their season, it is still #museummonday here at the Museum! Did you know that the 101st Engineers (First Corps of Cadets) were football champions 24 times?! The Battery's would play each other and whoever won got the 1CC 101st Memorial Trophy to display in the headquarters! The annual game was played from the 1920s to the late 1940s.
(photo courtesy of the First Corps of Cadets Museum)

#football #championship #army #nationalguard #1920s #patriotsnation #patriots #massachusetts #museum #localhistory #boston #trophy #wearethechampions

On 30 December 2019 Master Sergeant Kenneth Lombardi was promoted to Sergeant Major at Joint Force Headquarters. He is n...
12/31/2019

On 30 December 2019 Master Sergeant Kenneth Lombardi was promoted to Sergeant Major at Joint Force Headquarters. He is now the Operations SGM for the 211th Military Police Battalion (First Corps of Cadets). SGM Lombardi was pinned by his parents and accompanied by many family members and friends as well as colleagues from around the Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First. MONSTRAT VIAM SGM Lombardi! Congratulations!

It's #WhereIsKilroyWednesday! Kilroy is out shopping at the First Corps Museum Store before the holidays! Can you find h...
12/18/2019

It's #WhereIsKilroyWednesday! Kilroy is out shopping at the First Corps Museum Store before the holidays! Can you find him in today's photo? Comment Below!

It's #museummonday and today we are looking at a new acquisition! This is a company record book from Company C of the Fi...
12/16/2019

It's #museummonday and today we are looking at a new acquisition! This is a company record book from Company C of the First Corps of Cadets with the date range of June 1906 through August 1907. It tells us which officers were there, if they were late or on time, where the roll was taken, who was in command, and what soldiers were present and who was absent. This amazing book will soon be joining our others in rotation for our exhibits! #military #drill #veterans #army #rollcall #militarypolice #museum #book

Great job soldiers! MONSTRAT VIAM!
12/13/2019
972nd Military Police Company

Great job soldiers! MONSTRAT VIAM!

National Guard Soldiers from different units across the state participated in delivering toys for sick children at Boston Children’s Hospital today.

It's #WhereIsKilroyWednesday! Kilroy is on the move! I think he wants to be a Commander of the 211th Military Police Bat...
12/11/2019

It's #WhereIsKilroyWednesday! Kilroy is on the move! I think he wants to be a Commander of the 211th Military Police Battalion.Can you find him in today's photo? Comment Below!

It's #MuseumMonday again! This time revv your engines as the First Motor Squadron once did with this stylish hood orname...
12/09/2019

It's #MuseumMonday again! This time revv your engines as the First Motor Squadron once did with this stylish hood ornament! These were mounted onto First Corps vehicles while assisting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hey 211th Military Police Battalion do these attach to Humvees?

It's #throwbackthursday and today we are looking at an awesome photograph from our #museumcollection of the First Corps ...
12/06/2019

It's #throwbackthursday and today we are looking at an awesome photograph from our #museumcollection of the First Corps of Cadets in formation at the old Castle Armory!
Photo from Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets Museum

Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets and Museum's cover photo
12/06/2019

Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets and Museum's cover photo

It's #WhereIsKilroyWednesday! He needs a new uniform to blend in here at the museum. So he decided to check out the unif...
12/05/2019

It's #WhereIsKilroyWednesday! He needs a new uniform to blend in here at the museum. So he decided to check out the uniform display! Can you find him in today's photo? Comment Below!

Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets and Museum's cover photo
12/03/2019

Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets and Museum's cover photo

It's #MuseumMonday and why not curl up with a good book in this cold weather! If you are looking for a good book our Cur...
12/02/2019

It's #MuseumMonday and why not curl up with a good book in this cold weather! If you are looking for a good book our Curator recommends "The Campaign of the 45th" (Available in our museum bookstore) The Museum of The First Corps of Cadets has a Cadet Library available to researchers by appointment.

The Adjutant General of Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First and 211th Military Police Battalion First Corp...
11/13/2019

The Adjutant General of Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First and 211th Military Police Battalion First Corps Of cadets celebrate the 83rd Commander of the FCC graduation from the Naval War College. Congrats LTC Rick Cipro. Monstrat Viam!

11/12/2019

Happy Veterans Day from the VAFCC! Monstrat Viam!

A captive audience as our Curator prepares for “Creative Co-Curation Across Small Museums” workshop! See the Ducks (and ...
11/07/2019

A captive audience as our Curator prepares for “Creative Co-Curation Across Small Museums” workshop! See the Ducks (and our Curator) live in 40 minutes at @nema_conference diamond 1! Hey Petty Officer Drake PAG attention!

#nema2019 #museum #military #ducks #airforce #marines #navy #army #fun #workshop #creative

Ready to take on @nema_conference today! Our rubber duck Army SGT Mallard is ready for his briefing on museums! #militar...
11/06/2019

Ready to take on @nema_conference today! Our rubber duck Army SGT Mallard is ready for his briefing on museums!

#military #rubberducks #NEMA2019 #conference #museums #notes

The Ducks (and our Curator) made it to NEMA 2019! Our Curator is exhausted from driving 3.5 hours but at least she has a...
11/05/2019

The Ducks (and our Curator) made it to NEMA 2019! Our Curator is exhausted from driving 3.5 hours but at least she has all her ducks in a row! Come say hi to her if you are there and make sure to check out Co-Curation Across Small Museums in Diamond 1 at 1500 This THURSDAY!

#nemaconference #museum #military #conference #rubberducks #quack #fun #armedforces #workshop

This #museummonday we are mounting up with all our ducks in a nice orderly row headed to New England Museum Association ...
11/04/2019

This #museummonday we are mounting up with all our ducks in a nice orderly row headed to New England Museum Association Conference 2019! Michelle our Curator is giving the ducks a Pre-Mission brief before the Co-Curation across Small Museums workshop she and The Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum director Cassandra are running Thursday 1500 in the Diamond Ballroom 1! MOUNT UP and MONSTRAT VIAM!

#museum #military #ducks #roadtrip #fun

Happy Halloween from us and our friends at Massachusetts National Guard!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from us and our friends at Massachusetts National Guard!

#HappyHalloween from the Massachusetts National Guard.

10/29/2019

Due to local construction the museum will be closed toady October 29, 2019

Congratulations CPT Thompson! Monstrat Viam!
10/22/2019

Congratulations CPT Thompson! Monstrat Viam!

This past weekend Emelia Thompson was promoted to the rank of Captain while being pinned by her parents and took command of the 972nd Military Police Company. We are sad to see CPT Bottari leave but we welcome CPT Thompson as our new company commander! Congratulations Ma’am!

10/22/2019

Continuing our birthday celebrations, we ask you this #triviatuesday How old is the First Corps of Cadets in 2019?

10/21/2019

This #MuseumMonday we are going to talk about something special. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 211th Military Police Battalion First Corps of Cadets! Now while we are aware the birthday has passed over the weekend we still wanted to celebrate! Monstrat Viam!

#ThrowbackThursday to when the 211th Military Police Battalion had the 747th Military Police Company send-off ceremony i...
10/03/2019

#ThrowbackThursday to when the 211th Military Police Battalion had the 747th Military Police Company send-off ceremony in Ware Massachusetts in 2014 (Photo Credit U. S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Doug Huddy, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/ Released)

#WhereIsKilroyWednesday Kilroy is getting used to his new home and was spotted checking out the 211th Coast Artillery An...
10/02/2019

#WhereIsKilroyWednesday Kilroy is getting used to his new home and was spotted checking out the 211th Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft colors! The 211th CA(AA) was the First Corps of Cadets during World War Two given the job of protecting the California coast at Vallejo. Want to learn more? Come pick up an autographed copy of The Boys of Boston at the Museum Store!

10/01/2019

This #TriviaTuesday we ask: What state was part of Massachusetts up until 1820?

It's #MuseumMonday and today we are highlighting our bust of John Hancock! Did you John Hancock was a Lieutenant Colonel...
09/30/2019

It's #MuseumMonday and today we are highlighting our bust of John Hancock! Did you John Hancock was a Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of the Company of Independent Cadets in the 1770s? Our curator says his signature on First Corps documents is indeed large but not as large as his famous signature! Do you have any fun Hancock facts? let us know below!

This #FunFactFriday we are introducing our friend Kilroy! Kilroy followed American GI's all throughout Europe in World W...
09/27/2019

This #FunFactFriday we are introducing our friend Kilroy! Kilroy followed American GI's all throughout Europe in World War Two and he has decided to take up residence at the Museum! Wednesday will now be #WhereIsKilroyWednesday
Welcome home, Kilroy!

09/24/2019

This #triviatuesday we ask you this: Where are the First Corps of Cadets archives held?

It's #MuseumMonday and the first day of #Autumn (or #Fall) so get out your favorite mug and warm up with some hot cider!...
09/23/2019

It's #MuseumMonday and the first day of #Autumn (or #Fall) so get out your favorite mug and warm up with some hot cider! (or cold because #Boston weather is odd today). This mug is one of our favorites here at the museum; It is actually a trophy "tankard" but could also be used as a mug. This was won by Private Haskell in 1910 for the Company B team rifleman match which was often held by the First Corps of Cadets. Show us your favorite mug/cup below!

Congratulations  SGT Joshua Grigg and SSG Jared Grigg of the 211th Military Police Battalion!
09/18/2019

Congratulations SGT Joshua Grigg and SSG Jared Grigg of the 211th Military Police Battalion!

Congratulations to SGT Joshua Grigg, SSG Jared Grigg, and all our Soldiers who continue to voluntarily serve in the Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First!

Thank you BG Bisacre for spending your visit with us and the 211th Military Police Battalion! Monstrat Viam!
09/10/2019

Thank you BG Bisacre for spending your visit with us and the 211th Military Police Battalion! Monstrat Viam!

Over the past two days BG Brian Bisacre, the USAMPS Commandant, visited the 211th Military Police Battalion (First Corps of Cadets). The trip started with an overview of Home Base, an organization that provides services to help veterans and their families to heal invisible wounds. Then transitioning to a Police Partnership Briefing, an initiative with the Worcester Police Department and the 211th Military Police Battalion to run a law enforcement academy to provide Military Police Soldiers a Massachusetts law enforcement credential. On Saturday, the New England Military Police Symposium brought together leaders from across the region to talk about best practices and the future of our regiment. Rounding out the weekend was the 211th MP BN’s Ball where BG Bisacre was featured as the guest speaker and awarded five Soldiers the Order of the Marechaussee.

Preserve the Force!

Where have we been you ask? Well we asked our curator on her coffee break how the new exhibit is going and we got this l...
09/09/2019

Where have we been you ask? Well we asked our curator on her coffee break how the new exhibit is going and we got this look and a “it’s going great!” So now that everyone is rested and relaxed after our big open house we can get back to normally scheduled programming! See everyone tomorrow!

What a great day of #freefunfriday! Thank you to everyone who came! We broke last years attendance record! Let’s do it a...
08/30/2019

What a great day of #freefunfriday! Thank you to everyone who came! We broke last years attendance record! Let’s do it again next year Highland Street Foundation!!

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Col. Stuart G. Hall 211th C.A. (AA) at Camp Hulen Midland, Texas
Picture of the 211th in Midland Texas on 4/20/1941 The Roxbury Gang Top Row - E.J. Rollins, E. Mohan, E.A. Rollins, Henry Gogan, Bob Hayes Middle Row - Donald MacDonald, Pete Watson, "Ace" Heaney, "Willy" MacDonald, Bill Kennedy, "Buddy" MacDonald First Row - Fred Downey, George Aherenian, Bob "Kelly" Rubin, Charles "Tissy" Tisdale, Johnny Dixon Their full Names Top Row - Edward J. Rollins, Edward F. Mohan, Edward A. Rollins, Joseph H. Gogan, Robert L. Hayes Middle Row - Donald R. MacDonald, Peter J. Watson, R. Ace Heaney, William D. MacDonald, William J. Kennedy, Buddy MacDonald First Row - Fred L Downey, George R, Aherenian (George Changed surname to Roland after the war), Robert K. Rubin, John C. Dixon
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