A little more progress on Gallery 5, specifically in the Marine Families exhibit.
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A little more progress on Gallery 5, specifically in the Marine Families exhibit.
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There’s always something new in the National Museum of the Marine Corps!
Today, our team installed this Marine Corps flag. This flag was located in the office of the Counsel to the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the time of the attack in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It suffered minor damage but remained upright on its flag staff, clearly visible through the rubble of the damaged building. The Marine Corps flag still stood. Marines recovered and saved the flag as another reminder of that day.
The flag was installed in our new Terror Strikes exhibit that is located in the extension of Legacy Walk which will open in the coming months. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media for the opening of this new segment of our galleries and for the chance to see this flag in person.
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As most of you know, the hurricane that hit Camp Lejeune also deflated our budget, and rightly so. Those Marines need to be in decent buildings, free of damage and mold.
That said, we continue to move the ball downfield, just not as quickly as we planned.
This M198 named “Damn Yankees” by her crew, fired combat missions in Desert Storm.
Progress continues on the Marine Families exhibit in Gallery 5.
This #flightfriday highlights our recent installation of an AIM-7 Sparrow Missile, ANSAQ-17 laser spot-tracker/strike camera pod and fuel tank on our F/A-18A in the Final Phase Gallery. ⠀
The AIM-7 Sparrow is a radar-guided, air-to-air missile with a high explosive warhead used by all of the U.S. military’s fighter and attack aircraft. Its cylindrical body has four tall wings in the middle, four fins at the rear and is about 12 feet long. This missile has all-weather, all-altitude operational capability and can attack high-performance aircraft and missiles from any direction. ⠀
Take a look at some of our staff installing the fuel tank on the aircraft as well! ⠀
📷: View of AIM-7 Sparrow Missile and fuel tank installed on the F/A-18A aircraft.⠀
📷: AIM-7 Sparrow Missile mounted on the aircraft.⠀
📷: Museum staff installing the fuel tank. ⠀
📷: Staff moving the AIM-7 Sparrow Missile.⠀
#flightfriday #AVGeek #aviation #USMCMuseum #Marines #history #military #SemperFi #Sparrow #Missile #friday #USMC
We’re nearing completion of the physical elements of the extension of Legacy Walk, which includes exhibits about Marine Security Guards, advise and assist missions, non-combatant evacuations, humanitarian and disaster relief missions, 9/11, Marine families, and a contemplative space called Never Forget. The audiovisual programming and cast figures for this space are looking good. Most of the artifact mounts are fabricated and finished. All of the small artifacts are selected, and most have been conserved and are ready for exhibit. We’re working on resolving some AV hardware issues and a few other punch list items. We’re on track to open this space on 9/11 2019.
I passed this via text earlier tonight.
ALCON: MCBQ is Code Blue, with a 3-hour delay, opening at 1000. Essential personnel required to report on time.
NMMC will open to the public at 1000.
However, Scott Yost will be on-site to deal with visitors who show up early, particularly Fred Smith.
Scott Lusby is sure our plaza and parking will be treated. That said, the mag becomes less effective under 23/24 degrees. Be careful and watch your step.
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Final Phase Update
This week, construction crews were busy standing up the steel framework for gallery walls. The galleries will start to take shape in the coming months. If you are visiting the Museum this weekend make sure you check out the progress of the construction from the overlook behind the Combat Art Gallery. (As construction continues, access to the overlook will be limited.)
Plans call for Final Phase galleries to open in stages in 2019 and 2020. Stay tuned for updates!
Find out more about Final Phase here: https://www.usmcmuseum.com/museum-final-phase.html.
General update: we finished the second week of videotaping oral histories. Bob Sullivan, the curator who gathered together all of the interviewees, did a great job. The MAGTF was well represented, as were key points in Marine Corps history from 1976 to present. Here's an abbreviated list of topics covered during the 60 interviews:
1. Marines and a Corpsman who served in Beirut before, during, and after the barracks bombing.
2. RadBn Marine and an artilleryman spoke about operations on Grenada.
3. Cannoneers, pilots, and a tanker spoke about Desert Storm.
4. Marines in Somalia.
5. A pilot and two maintainers spoke about taking care of and flying the FA-18A that's on display in the Museum, which flew Civil Air Patrols in response to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
6. Marines who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, including the Marines' first mission in Afghanistan, the march to Baghdad, flying combat missions in support of Marines in contact with the enemy, the first and second battles of Fallujah, and the events that went on in the Hell House where then-1stSgt Brad Kasal earned the Navy Cross, and much, much more.
Additionally, our curators started staging the small artifacts so that the mount makers can begin to do their work.
General Update: the first round of video recording oral history interviews went well. We have dozens more coming up in a couple of weeks.
The fabricators have started installing steel!!!
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Templates are all marked with spray paint and removed. The larger group of fabricators will be onsite 19 Sep.
Our Restoration Team started placing the restored macro artifacts into the new gallery spaces.
The art gallery and studio are getting a good workout.
And the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation continues to chisel donor names into the travertine.
The fabricators spent the day marking the final placement of the templates.
Today progress smells like spray paint.
The laser-cut templates have been installed, adjusted, and approved.
The Combat Art Studio is being well used by three artists.
The cast figure crew has returned to their shop in Illinois.
Cast figures: We received another shipment of cast figures, and the vendor is onsite casting even more.
AV Media: The media vendor finished filming interviews for the Marine Family exhibit. We’re excited to see a rough edit soon.
Fabrication: laser cut Masonite templates mark the final wall locations, in preparation for the steel studs.
This week we hosted the kickoff meeting for the fabrication phase. Museum Staff, a number of vendors, and several subcontractors reviewed the architectural drawings in detail. They scoured exhibit drawings, walked through the new spaces, and discussed every detail of the scope.
Over the coming weeks we’ll see them mobilize, lay and mark laser cut templates, and start putting in exhibit partitions.
The media vendor’s pre-production efforts for the Legacy Walk video exhibits are shaping up nicely.
The lighting hardware in the historic galleries, sports gallery, and changing gallery is installed, commissioned, and accepted.
We submitted the IT waiver for the first wave of AV hardware.
The infinity star field that will be viewed through the oculus on the coffered dome above the Hall of Valor is installed, commissioned, and accepted.
Our team who went to the Philadelphia Ship Yard came back with sufficient hardware and furnishings to prop out the Marine Life exhibit that will portray enlisted berthing aboard a 1990’s era amphibious ship.
The cast figure team is at the vendor’s studio this week, inspecting another batch of cast figures.
And the Subject Matter Experts who reviewed our 1” scale white model of the River Campaign immersive exhibit gave us the green light to proceed.
Today our creative exhibit team worked with Marines and artifacts to conduct photo shoots in preparation for an upcoming life casting session.
For those that don’t know, all of our ‘manikins’ are cast from real Marines or sailors.
Special thanks to all the Marines and the Corpsman who suited up today.
AV Media Update: We finally have a media vendor onboard. The kickoff meeting went well. We’re very excited to start this ball rolling again.
Progress continues on multiple fronts. We’re approximately 75% through the detailed graphic reviews for Galleries 5, 13, and 14. These spaces include exhibits such as No Better Friend, 9/11 Terror Strikes, Marine Families, Never Forget, and the historical period from 1976 to present. Our exhibits team is following in trace, making final adjustments to the graphic production files.
The digital exhibit hardware design is coming along well.
Our exhibits team is buying off on another set of cast figures this week.
We are several months behind on the media production process due to a contracting issue. We’re cautiously optimistic that resolution is on the horizon. After we get a vendor on board we’ll have to determine the art of the possible in making up for lost time. We’re positive that we will have to adjust schedules to the right, but we’re not sure by how much.
Our Restoration team is wrapping up small projects for various aviation items scheduled to be exhibited in the historical galleries.
It’s a labor of love. Thanks for your interest and support.
Info: when we opened the earlier galleries we used a lot of art. Where photos weren’t available, we used paintings, illustrations, and posters.
The next batch of galleries will be chock full of photos. We made a conscious decision to minimize the use of paintings because we wanted a documentary approach.
Artwork will be used for background images on large main panels (~6’ tall).
Here are a few examples
If you were planning to visit the Museum tomorrow, you’ll need to reschedule. We will be closed during the government shutdown.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Today our exhibits team, restoration crew, ordnance curator, and aviation curator worked with a mock up of the bombs and gear that will be displayed proximal to the F/A-18 Hornet.
Good job, Kater Miller, Ben Kristy, Jennifer Jackson, Christina Pfrimmer Johnson, and others!
While most of the country is emerging from a food coma, our lighting crew is doing a full court press to install the lighting grid above the 1976-present gallery spaces.
General update: The lighting contractors are moving along at a great pace. They'll have the lighting grid installed in the historical galleries that cover 1976-Present before the end of December. The lighting fixtures are on order and being fabricated, and we expect that they will be installed in those galleries before the end of March. Once the lighting crew clears the space, the Exhibit Fabrication vendor is standing by to start work. The macro artifacts are on location, the riggers have designed the mounts, etc.
Have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Great New Year.
The Children's Gallery opened on schedule, with over 800 kiddos enjoying the space on opening day. Laura Hockensmith led the team of educators who planned the event, which was very well managed and executed. Anthony Espree and other artists drew ~80 caricatures for the kids. All in all, it was a great day at the Museum.
Work continues on the historical galleries. Alice Webb is doing great work on the cast figure front. The Restoration Team is wrapping up the UH-1N Huey, which will be installed in the FARP scene along the Road to Baghdad.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
The kickoff meeting went well. Everyone understands their lane, where their tasks link to other efforts, and how the job is choreographed.
General update: this week we’re conducting a thorough review of the work required for Galleries 5, 13, and 14. Almost all of our vendors will be here for three days, poring over drawings, confirming field conditions, and making contact with their new colleagues.
Additionally, the Children’s Gallery is roaring towards completion.
On 18 Nov we’ll formally open the Children’s Gallery from 1200-1500. It’s planned to be like a young kid’s birthday party, with lots of activities. Some of us volunteered to do caricatures for the kiddos. Here are a few 3 to 5 minute practice sketches using crayons on paper.
We have finally awarded the remaining contracts required for fabrication to begin. While this isn’t a visually compelling milestone, it is a really big step for us.
On the cast figure front, we took preliminary photos for the artillery crew who will be setting up Dang Yankees, our venerable old M198 howitzer. We sent these pix to SME’s to make sure we get the scene right.
The large portraits that encircle Leatherneck Gallery are being reinstalled. And the Children’s Gallery is moving along at a good pace.
The wall murals are being installed in the Children's Gallery. Some of the 3D components have been delivered.
There's a private room for nursing mothers on the second deck.
We're set up to do another round of full scale case reviews tomorrow.
Another macro artifact arrived today! We received our M198 howitzer from MCLB Barstow, fully restored and ready for exhibit.
"Damned Yankees" is marked on the tube, as it was when this howitzer fired combat missions during Operation Desert Storm.
Good job and many thanks to our curator, Kater Miller. BZ!!
I returned from leave to find progress across several portions of the project.
A few more things moved from "working" to "done," including:
Installation of final cast figure on the Vietnam tableau in Leatherneck Gallery
Installation of the touchable art exhibit outside of the Combat Art Gallery
Update of the "Welcome Home" exhibit
We're wrapping up this next batch of cast figures today. Thanks to all those Marines - and their families - who volunteered to be cast for the Final Phase exhibits.
Sgt Matthew Patton is being cast as a Marine helping hungry people while on a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief mission. When finished he'll be hefting a big sack of rice in the "No Better Friend" exhibit, scheduled to open during November 2018.
His beautiful family came in for moral support during the multi-hour casting process.
Photo credit: Alice Webb, Exhibits Specialist, NMMC
Our exhibits team is busy this weekend casting figures from live Marines. Led by Alice Webb, they're working on the figures for the FARP tableau, and the No Better Friend exhibit
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