First Division Museum at Cantigny

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Reminder: The First Division Museum will be closed in January and will be open Friday-Sunday in February from 10 am – 4 ...
12/30/2023

Reminder: The First Division Museum will be closed in January and will be open Friday-Sunday in February from 10 am – 4 pm. May you all have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Museum hours starting tomorrow Thursday, November 30 through December 30th will be Tuesday - Sunday fr...
11/29/2023

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
Museum hours starting tomorrow Thursday, November 30 through December 30th will be Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Visit Cantigny's website for more information about our inaugural "Christmas at Cantigny", which celebrates the new McCormick House and brings Christmas lights, music, and family fun to the gardens and grounds.

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Wishing all our service members and family a Happy Thanksgiving.
11/23/2023

Wishing all our service members and family a Happy Thanksgiving.

The Field Kitchens of 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment crank out Thanksgiving meals in France, 1918.

What an amazing day for this weekend's 5K! We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants who c...
11/06/2023

What an amazing day for this weekend's 5K! We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants who came out to support the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Inc. Your presence means the world to us.

Let's give a round of applause to our remarkable 1st place winners:
🥇 First Place: Sara Wolfe and Simon Peterson

And let's not forget to recognize our incredible runners-up:
🏅 Second Place: Natalie Houcek and Michael Connolly
🏅 Third Place: Erin Ding and David Snow

Come Home for Christmas!Get ready to be dazzled by the magic of Christmas at Cantigny! This isn't just any celebration; ...
11/06/2023

Come Home for Christmas!
Get ready to be dazzled by the magic of Christmas at Cantigny! This isn't just any celebration; it's an explosion of festive joy that promises to be a holiday treat in December. Walk through the beautifully decorated McCormick House, skate under the stars on our 100x40 ice rink, and be mesmerized by our stunning light installations! And for plant lovers, feast your eyes on a rainbow of 16 poinsettia varieties, fresh from our greenhouse!

But wait, there's more! Pop-up surprises await around every corner: live Music to get your jingle bell rock on, a cookie and hot chocolate station to warm your spirits, exclusive gift finds to check off your list, and yes, Santa's dropping by, too!
Mark your calendars for Friday, December 1 – when our holiday extravaganza begins. Christmas at Cantigny is about to become your new favorite tradition!

McCormick House & Light Show | December 1 - 23
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday | 4:30 - 9 pm
Friday & Saturday | 4:30 - 10 pm
(Closed Mondays & House is closed December 13; light show will be $5 per person that night)
Parking | $10 per car | Member parking | Free
Adults (16+) | $15 per person
Children (4-15) | $5 per child
Infants/Toddlers (0-3) | Free

Pop-ups
Characters: Santa, Mrs. Claus, Snowman, and Reindeer | Visitors Center
December 2 & 3 | 4 -9 pm
Live Music and other special pop-ups will be announced on our website.

Ice Skating | December - February
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday | 4 - 9 pm
Friday | 4 - 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday | 10 am - 10 pm
(Closed Mondays)
Rink ticket | $7 per person (rink access only)
Skate rentals | $3

Prices are for skating only and do not include the light show or McCormick House.
Check the website for details on renting a private Cocoa Cabana.

Details and tickets here: https://bit.ly/47iEdJP

10/21/2023

This Veterans Day, come enjoy a special beer-tasting event and say THANK YOU to those who served.

Brew It Forward
Saturday, November 11 | 1-4 PM
First Division Museum Tank Park

Your attendance will benefit the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Inc. in Wheaton. Guests may also choose to purchase beer tokens for attending veterans or donate directly to the Midwest Shelter AND Veterans who attend will receive complimentary tastings!

Details pouring on our website: FDMuseum.org or Cantigny.org

An estimated 17,400 people were at the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks, and some 87 percent of them were safe...
09/11/2023

An estimated 17,400 people were at the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks, and some 87 percent of them were safely evacuated thanks primarily to firefighters' heroic efforts.

If you visit the park today, stop by our permanent outdoor exhibit, "Heroes of 9/11," which pays tribute not only to those lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but also honors the first responders who served that day and currently do in our communities.

Today and always, we remember.

#911

WATCH NOW!Medal of Honor White House Ceremony: Captain Larry L. Taylor.https://www.youtube.com/live/HA4-Y4ti63A?si=UH6S7...
09/05/2023

WATCH NOW!
Medal of Honor White House Ceremony: Captain Larry L. Taylor.
https://www.youtube.com/live/HA4-Y4ti63A?si=UH6S7oBYftHGsbw0
Via U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division Fort Riley

American hero, Captain Larry L. Taylor, will receive the Medal of Honor today for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond ...

We hope you have a Happy and relaxed Labor Day!If you are visiting Cantigny, stop by the museum. We'll be open from 10 A...
09/04/2023

We hope you have a Happy and relaxed Labor Day!
If you are visiting Cantigny, stop by the museum. We'll be open from 10 AM to 5 PM.

55 years ago, Army attack helicopter pilot Larry Taylor scrambled to rescue a small patrol of soldiers surrounded by ene...
09/01/2023

55 years ago, Army attack helicopter pilot Larry Taylor scrambled to rescue a small patrol of soldiers surrounded by enemies on the ground in Vietnam. On September 5th, Larry Taylor will be awarded the distinguished Medal of Honor. The First Division Museum thanks Mr. Taylor for his service. We are thrilled to hear about this news!

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/daring-helicopter-rescue-earns-vietnam-veteran-medal-honor/story?id=102761360

Via ABC News

President Joe Biden will make the award Sept. 5 at the White House.

Join us next week!"Black Hawk Down 30 Years Later" Tuesday, August 29 | 7 PM CDTHybrid program – view in person or onlin...
08/22/2023

Join us next week!
"Black Hawk Down 30 Years Later"
Tuesday, August 29 | 7 PM CDT
Hybrid program – view in person or online!
See our website for more details: https://www.fdmuseum.org/event/date-with-history-black-hawk-down-30-years-later/

In response to increasing and deadly attacks on American and United Nations Operations in Somalia (UNOSOM) forces, a Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) was deployed with the mission of capturing General Muhammed Farah Aideed and his key leaders and turning them over to UNOSOM forces.

Today, 30 years later, some of the soldiers of Task Force Ranger share their experiences and lessons learned during this operation which foreshadowed later military operations by the United States and her Special Operations forces.

MEET THE SPEAKERS:

🥇 Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) James Lechner served in a variety of command and staff positions within conventional and special operations units and participated in eight operational deployments in the Sinai, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia.

🥈 Raleigh Cash joined the United States Army in 1990 and went through basic and advanced training, and airborne school before attending and passing the selection course to join the Rangers.

🎖️ Michael Goodale enlisted in the United States Army in 1990 as an Artilleryman. After his initial training and selection, he was assigned as a Forward Observer to Company B, 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

🥉Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Sean Watson enlisted into the United States Army as an Infantryman on July 12, 1983, and has served in every capacity from Rifleman to Command Sergeant Major retiring in June 2015.

Moderator:
Colonel (Retired) Nick Johnson, Psy.D. a Chicago native who served as an Infantry officer with the Illinois Army National Guard for thirty-two years before retiring in June 2022.

Read more about the speakers on our website: https://www.fdmuseum.org/event/date-with-history-black-hawk-down-30-years-later/

We had the honor of welcoming Consuelo Allen and her son Vincent Allen yesterday, July 13th, 2023. She is the granddaugh...
07/15/2023

We had the honor of welcoming Consuelo Allen and her son Vincent Allen yesterday, July 13th, 2023. She is the granddaughter of MG Terry de la Mesa Allen who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in North Africa and Sicily.
She is the daughter of LTC Terry Allen Jr., commander of the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. He was killed in action at Ong Thanh, Vietnam, October 17, 1967.

The number one object in our “65 Years” Exhibit displays the pride, esprit de corps, encompassed in the “Big Red One.” This First Infantry Division grill ornament was part of the jeep used by Major General Terry Allen Sr. during WWII. When Major General Clarence R. Huebner replaced Allen as First Division commander, the jeep transferred to Brigadier General Willard Wyman, the Assistant Division Commander. MG Wyman used the jeep through the Sicilian Campaign, the Normandy Landing, operations in France and Belgium, and the Battle of Aachen.

"I just got caught doing my job [...] I didn't plan on it. Didn't expect it. It just happened." -- Larry TaylorMr. Taylo...
07/13/2023

"I just got caught doing my job [...] I didn't plan on it. Didn't expect it. It just happened." -- Larry Taylor
Mr. Taylor will receive the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor. He will be the fifth MoH recipient from the Chattanooga area.
Thank you for your service Sir, and welcome home!

Read the whole story: https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2023/jul/10/signal-mountains-taylor-joins-medal-of-honor-roll/ #:~:text=Officially%2C%20Signal%20Mountain's%20Larry%20Taylor,didn't%20plan%20on%20it.
Photos courtesy of Chattanooga Times Free Press

On July 7, 2023 Jody Schroeder and her family visited Cantigny to view artifacts donated to the First Division Museum. T...
07/07/2023

On July 7, 2023 Jody Schroeder and her family visited Cantigny to view artifacts donated to the First Division Museum. Then Captain Schroeder, she served with the 1st Infantry Division as a battlefield nurse in 2003-2004. In addition to several archival artifacts, Schroeder gave a complete field uniform and several items of medical gear to the museum. Her uniform and medical bag are displayed in the museum’s Duty First Gallery in the ‘Women in Combat’ section.

LTG Tom Rhame passed away peacefully last night with family by his side. The Big Red One has lost a great leader. 1ID CG...
06/28/2023

LTG Tom Rhame passed away peacefully last night with family by his side. The Big Red One has lost a great leader.

1ID CG 50.
MG Thomas G. Rhame; 7 Jul 1989 to 30 Jul 1991
Ft. Riley, KS; Saudi Arabia; Iraq; Kuwait.

Passed away on June 27, 2023.

SAVE THE DATE!"No Sacrifice Too Great"Tuesday, July 11 | 7 PM CDTHybrid program – view in person or online! (See our web...
06/26/2023

SAVE THE DATE!

"No Sacrifice Too Great"

Tuesday, July 11 | 7 PM CDT
Hybrid program – view in person or online! (See our website for more details)

In his book, "No Sacrifice Too Great," Gregory Fontenot, retired Colonel of the U.S. Army tells the First Division’s story in WWII with an extensive photographic essay featuring many previously unpublished im­ages. He includes the stories of individual mem­bers of the Big Red One, from high-ranking officers to enlisted men fresh off the streets of Brooklyn, both during and after the conflict. Colonel Fontenot’s rare ability to combine expert anal­ysis with compelling narrative history makes "No Sacrifice Too Great" an absorbing read for anyone interested in the military his­tory of the United States.

Gregory Fontenot is currently a consultant on threat emulation for Army experimentation and a working historian. He was the lead author of "On Point: The US Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom" published by CGSC Press and is the author of "The 1st Infantry Division and the US Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970–1991," winner of the 2017 Army Historical Foundation award for Unit History, as well as "Loss and Redemption at St. Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge."

Join us for tours galore all summer long! Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for fun and informative ...
06/26/2023

Join us for tours galore all summer long! Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for fun and informative tours throughout Cantigny.

Embark on our 45-minute storytelling tours, exploring the rich history and purpose behind the breathtaking Cantigny gardens. Discover fascinating stories, as we visit various garden locations on the grounds. (This is not a plant identification tour.) Tour starts in front of the Visitors Center. Tuesday, June 27, 11 am
Reserve: https://bit.ly/3CCYQmF or Saturday, July 1 @ 11am https://bit.ly/43GYeIV

Dive into the world of military tanks with our First Division Museum staff and volunteers. Join our 45-minute tour of Cantigny's iconic Tank Park, witnessing the evolution of U.S. Army tanks from World War I to modern marvels. Tour commences in front of the First Division Museum. Wednesday, June 28, 11 am
Reserve: https://bit.ly/43HutHT

Curious about the origins of Cantigny Park, the First Division Museum, Robert McCormick, and the stunning gardens? Join our 45-minute guided walking tour as our knowledgeable staff shares captivating stories about the park, the McCormick family, and more. Tour starts in front of the Visitors Center. Thursday, June 29, 2 pm Reserve:https://bit.ly/3CCYQ69

We offer these captivating tours four times a week throughout the summer! Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore Cantigny’s hidden wonders. Book your spot today!

Join us for tours galore all summer long! Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for fun and informative ...
06/19/2023

Join us for tours galore all summer long! Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for fun and informative tours throughout Cantigny.

Embark on our 45-minute storytelling tours, exploring the rich history and purpose behind the breathtaking Cantigny gardens. Discover fascinating stories, as we visit various garden locations on the grounds. (This is not a plant identification tour.) Tour starts in front of the Visitors Center. Tuesday, June 20, 11 am
Reserve: https://bit.ly/3P9GfGy

Dive into the world of military tanks with our First Division Museum staff and volunteers. Join our 45-minute tour of Cantigny's iconic Tank Park, witnessing the evolution of U.S. Army tanks from World War I to modern marvels. Tour commences in front of the First Division Museum. Wednesday, June 21, 11 am
Reserve: https://bit.ly/3PfShy5

Curious about the origins of Cantigny Park, the First Division Museum, Robert McCormick, and the stunning gardens? Join our 45-minute guided walking tour as our knowledgeable staff shares captivating stories about the park, the McCormick family, and more. Tour starts in front of the Visitors Center. Thursday, June 22, 2 pm Reserve: https://bit.ly/3JhlK6O or, Saturday, June 24, 2 pm https://bit.ly/43EWVKk

We offer these captivating tours four times a week throughout the summer! Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore Cantigny’s hidden wonders. Book your spot today!

At Cantigny, our commitment to supporting military veterans runs deep. We have a strong and unwavering record of respect...
06/13/2023

At Cantigny, our commitment to supporting military veterans runs deep. We have a strong and unwavering record of respect and support for service members. And now, we are excited to introduce our newest initiative: the Cantigny Veteran Internship Program! From June 26 to September 15, 2023, transitioning service members can join us for professional training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce.

As part of this program, veterans will receive proper training, mentorship, and leadership, preparing them for a successful transition. We also provide coaching for resume writing, interview skills, and more.

Possible positions include Artifact Collections Assistant, Forestry Technician, Garden Technician, and Security Officer. Veterans selected for the program will enjoy a pay rate of $18/hour, along with a $50/week travel allowance.

If you are an honorably discharged veteran seeking interim employment and guidance in transitioning to the civilian workforce, this program is designed for you. Apply now and embark on a fulfilling professional journey with Cantigny!

Contact: Tania Perez at [email protected]
To Apply: https://bit.ly/3PaBMmV
Deadline: June 19, 2023

Keep reading for a glimpse of our dedication to veterans:

The Legacy of Colonel McCormick: Colonel McCormick, our esteemed founder, set the standard for our commitment to veterans. He served with the Army's First Division in World War I, leading an artillery unit at the Battle of Cantigny in 1918. His lifelong friendship with veterans shaped our values.

Honoring Those Who Serve: Many of our public events have a military theme, paying tribute to those who have served and protected the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans. We believe in recognizing the sacrifices made by our brave men and women.

First Division Museum: Our First Division Museum stands as a symbol of reverence for all those who served and continue to serve. Rather than glorifying war, the museum strives to foster public understanding of the service and sacrifices of American soldiers.

Grantmaking Division for Veterans: The Cantigny Foundation operates a grantmaking division dedicated to supporting veterans. Since 2020, we have granted nearly $8 million to nonprofit organizations focused on important issues like legal aid, job training, and social services for veterans.

Honor Club Program: Our Cantigny Honor Club ensures that veterans receive lifetime free admission to Cantigny Park, along with other benefits. We value the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans and seek to express our gratitude in meaningful ways.

Calling all families! Report to Cantigny as we celebrate Flag Day and the 248th birthday of the United States Army on We...
06/05/2023

Calling all families!
Report to Cantigny as we celebrate Flag Day and the 248th birthday of the United States Army on Wednesday, June 14 from 6 to 9 PM.
This will be a night of fun activities, including popular games with a military twist, such as “Tank Tac Toe” or “Sergeant, Says” with a veteran Drill Sergeant. Camouflage your cupcake, complete an Army-themed craft, and tackle our obstacle course at boot camp training. You can even climb aboard a tank for story time with a veteran!

Purchase your admission through our website (link in bio): https://sales.cantigny.org/Performance.aspx?pid=21708

Thank you to all who came out last night for the opening of our Summer Exhibit "65 Years". It was a beautiful afternoon ...
06/02/2023

Thank you to all who came out last night for the opening of our Summer Exhibit "65 Years". It was a beautiful afternoon of history, storytelling, and cutting-edge curation. The exhibit will run through November. Get your parking ticket through our website: https://www.fdmuseum.org/exhibit/65-years/

May we honor those who served and gave all. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.
05/29/2023

May we honor those who served and gave all. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

05/09/2023

Have a listen!
Our assistant Curator Jessica Waszak shares her knowledge of US Army Hospitals and Nurses in North Africa during WWII with our friends from Mother of Tanks.

05/09/2023

Watch now as Fort Hood redesignates to Fort Cavazos.

Plan on joining us tomorrow for an evening of conversation with a Medal of Honor recipient, David Bellavia at 7 PM CTS.T...
05/07/2023

Plan on joining us tomorrow for an evening of conversation with a Medal of Honor recipient, David Bellavia at 7 PM CTS.

This is a hybrid program – view in person or online!
Details and registration on our website: https://www.fdmuseum.org/event/conversation-with-a-medal-of-honor-recipient/

Staff Sergeant David Bellavia was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic efforts on Nov. 10, 2004, during the Third Battle in Fallujah — dramatic efforts that saved the lives of his unit members. He served in three military campaigns: Kosovo 2003 and Operation Iraqi Freedom I and Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
Today he is actively traveling the country as a speaker sharing the important message of service over self and as a sought-after source for national media.

Join the First Division Museum and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for an evening of conversation with a Medal of Honor recipient.

05/04/2023
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is commemorated each year on March 29.Here are a couple of ways you can honor a loved ...
03/29/2023

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is commemorated each year on March 29.

Here are a couple of ways you can honor a loved one who served in the United States military during the Vietnam Conflict.
Via Liberty Flags, The American Wave

During the Vietnam Conflict, more than 3,000,000 U.S. troops were deployed to Vietnam. More than 58,000 lost their lives. More than 1,500 are still unaccounted for. National Vietnam War Veterans Day is commemorated each year on March 29.

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1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL
60189

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

(630) 260-8185

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