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5/18/2017 7:29:00 AM
Military museum to be open May 27-30

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States official involvement in World War I. 117,000 men and women gave their lives in World War I to liberate Europe from the Germans.

This war was called "The Great War", and was supposed to be "the war to end all wars." However, history proved this not to be the case as the U. S. was at war again 20 years later in World War II.

The Cannon Falls Military History Museum will open this year with an extensive display of Spanish American War, Mexican Border War and World War One historic military items. Displays include: The Weapons of War, Women at War, Training Camp, Pioneer Infantry, Cavalry, Air Service, Navy, Marine Corps, Spanish American War and Mexican Border War items. All items are from the associated era with no reproductions or remakes, making every item at least 100 years old.

This year's display features the largest known private collection of WWI militaria in Minnesota. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Because this collection is so extensive, it is anticipated that the museum will be displaying this era indefinitely, bringing in different artifacts on a regular basis. For history buffs, this is a display not to be missed. It will include items from the Indian Wars through the Occupation Of Germany after WWI.

Some of the uniforms of past area veterans on display this year include those from: George VanDenheuvel, Elwood Clarence Smith, Selmer Aslakson, Herbert Matz, Daniel Thompson, Samuel Ellison, Hoogan Brenna, Fredrick Arnold Perrett, L. H. Kath, Arthur L. Forsberg, Dr. William H. Rumpf and Otto O. Palmer.

There is NO CHARGE for admission to the museum. Please follow the museum signs that will be posted along County Road #24 west of the new highway overpass on Highway #52 and County Road #24 (about 2.5 miles). The address is: 33504 Warsaw Trail.

Museum hours are: Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Monday, May 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or other days by appointment.

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