Friday, July 21, 2017

Bryce's Last Day

 
July 16, 2017

Bryce has been a tour guide at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum since May of 2012!  He started as a shy individual, but became our lead guide.  He provided excellent tours to everyone who came to see the submarine and was bragged about on many occasions by his tours.


Bryce leaves us to continue his work with his career!  Good luck Bryce.  Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.  Fair winds and following seas!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Arkansas Educators Professional Development Workshop


Arkansas and World War II

"Professional Development"

June 20, 2017, educators from across the state came to central Arkansas for a workshop that explored the role Arkansas played during World War II.  There were five presenters that included Shane Lind, Anita Deason, Kim Sanders,  DannaKay Duggar, and Allison Hiblong.


The workshop began at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History with Shane Lind.  Mr. Lind highlighted the museum's Allison Collection of over 4,600 World War II photographs and original posters from the War Relief Program of the United States.  The posters are currently on display through October 5, 2017.

Col. (Ret.) Anita Deason, Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison for Senator John Boozman's Office, lead a session on The Library of Congress Veterans History Project.  Colonel Deason explained that the project is focused on collecting, preserving, and making accessible the personal accounts of American veterans.  To learn more about this project, click here.

The last session that morning was by Kim Sanders from The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies.  Ms. Sanders discussed the Japanese Americans who were forced to leave their homes and relocate to military camps during World War II.  16,000 men, women, and children were sent to camps at Jerome and Rohwer in southeast Arkansas.  The center's exhibit "The American Dream Deferred: Japanese American Incarceration in World War II Arkansas" is on display through July 29, 2017.


After lunch the workshop moved across the river to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum.  Here educators were taken through the museum to see two naval vessels that represent the bookends of World War II.  Allison Hiblong provided tours of the submarine USS Razorback as well as assistance in visiting the museum's exhibits.

DannaKay Duggar from the Jacksonville Museum of Military History portrayed Rosie the Riveter to explain the Salvage Collection Program the United States Government created for school children during World War II.  Ms. Duggar presents this interactive program to schools.  You can learn more about this program and the museum by clicking here.  

This was a very successful workshop and we plan on presenting a similar workshop in 2018.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

US Navy Promotion Ceremony

Promotion Ceremony

July 11, 2017

The United States Navy Recruiting District in Nashville, Tennessee promoted two sailors for advancement aboard the submarine USS Razorback (SS 394) at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum.  Commander Todd Sullivan selected six sailors for advancement in his district.  Two of these were from the State of Arkansas.  

The men promoted received new "crows" to identify themselves as Petty Officer First Class.


Petty Officer Lugo was promoted to First Class.  PO1 Lugo is a Navy recruiter stationed in West Little Rock.  Olen Williams assisted in the ceremony by pinning his new rank to the uniform.  PO1 Lugo thanked the leadership and his shipmates.



 Petty Officer Bruneel was also promoted to First Class.  PO1 Bruneel is a Navy recruiter stationed in Conway.  After his wife and daughter pinned his uniform, PO1 Bruneel thanked his family and stated the "job is easier with their support."










The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is happy to be a part of this ceremony.  We love to support the United States Navy and those who serve!



Thursday, July 06, 2017

Fourth of July Celebration

Firework Watch Party

"Public Event"

Fourth of July the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum hosted 140 people for the 34th Annual Pops on the River firework display.  The event was a huge success with tickets selling out five days before the event!  We look forward to hosting this event annually.  See you next year for the closest place to watch the fireworks.



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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Museum Ships on Air


Museum Ships On Air: Amateur Radio Event

"Public Event"


The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum participated in Museum Ships On Air weekend event from June 3-4, 2017.  Amateur radio operators broadcasted from the radio shack on board USS Razorback (SS 394) submarine.  The first contact was made on Friday June 2, 2017 at 21:58 CTZ with Denver, Colorado.  The last contact was with USS Indianapolis in Indiana at 18:13 CTZ on June 4, 2017.







Nine operators made 295 contacts throughout the weekend.  These contacts were from 37 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  The states contacted included:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia

USS Razorback was able to make contact with eight other museum ships.

  • USCG Ingham 327
  • USS Alabama
  • USS Orleck
  • Tall Ship Elissa
  • USS Stewart/USS Cavalla
  • PT 305
  • USS Drum
  • USS Indianapolis

The operators at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum included two operators out of Kansas and seven operators from Cabot, Arkansas.  John Moore, a submarine veteran, and Don Whitney came from the Kansas City Metro area.  This is John and Don's third time broadcasting aboard USS Razorback (SS 394).  Frank Stars organized a local group from the Cabot Small Town Amateur Radio Service and Cabot American Legion.  

During the event, Josh Carroll from Arkansas Section Bulletin podcast attended the event and spoke with many of the operators.

A big :THANK YOU" to our staff member Joseph Mathis for his work and organization of this event!

The Museum Ships Weekend Event is sponsored by The Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station.  Museum Ships on the Air has become an annual event that many amateur radio operators look forward to each June.  This year there were 109 participating museum ships in 13 countries.
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United States

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

National Pollinator Week 2017

"National Pollinator Week 2017"

Public Event
National Pollinator Week, which ran from June 19-25, celebrates the animals that pollinate plants and helps raise awareness about conservation issues relating to these animals. The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum partnered with the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, a part of  the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, for their Pollinator passport program, which was a scavenger hunt where children visited various sites around Central Arkansas and answered questions related to pollinators. The museum contributed with a display about USS Hornet and USS Wasp, the two United States Navy ships that are named after pollinators.

Hornet and Wasp are two of the most prominent ship names in U.S. Navy history. There have been eight Hornets and ten Wasps. the original Wasp and Hornet among the first ships purchased by the fledgling U.S. Navy in 1775 and served in the American Revolution. Ships of these names also fought against the British with distinction in the War of 1812. USS Hornet became the first navy vessel to capture a British warship during the war. During the Spanish-American War, Hornet and Wasp were both civilian yachts that were converted into gunboats which distinguished themselves during operations off the coast of Cuba.

USS Wasp (CV-7) Launched in 1940 and sunk by a Japanese
submarine in September 1942 (Photo Courtesy of: Navsource)

USS Wasp (LHD-1), launched in 1989 seen here as it appears today
(Photo Courtesy of: US Navy)
During the early part of World War II, Hornet and Wasp were aircraft carriers which took part in several of the key battles of the war in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters before both were sunk by the Japanese during 1942. Their names were then given to two later aircraft carriers that served through the end of the war and beyond. Both ships recovered astronauts for NASA during the 1960's before being decommissioned. Wasp was scrapped in 1973 while Hornet was turned into a museum in Alameda, California (click here to learn more about USS Hornet museum). In 1989, the name Wasp was given to an amphibious assault ship which is still serving today. 


Author: Wesley Oliver

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Crew Visit

USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Crew Visit

"Happenings"


USS Little Rock (LCS 9) is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.  This is the second ship named after the capitol city of Arkansas (USS Little Rock (CL 92) is a museum ship in Buffalo, New York).  The keel was laid on June 27, 2013, and christened on July 18, 2015.  The commissioning with take place in late September of 2017 in Buffalo, New York.  The commissioning of  USS Little Rock will mark the first time in the Navy's 240 year history that a ship will be commissioned alongside its namesake ship.  


The North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau provided lunch for the crew's visit.


United States Naval Academy Parents Club of Arkansas volunteered their time to serve and enjoy a meal with the crew.



The crew members completed some maintenance work at the museum.  They were able to start the Fair Banks Morse engine, as well as paint Hoga's upper deck.


Thank you Little Rock crew and good luck with your sea trials.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen

Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Lunch

"Private Event"



The 2017 contestants for Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen enjoyed a lunch hosted at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. After lunch the contestants experienced the submarine USS Razorback with guided tours as well as visited our exhibits.




The Miss America's Outstanding Teen was founded in 2005 and has become one of the top scholarship providers for teen girls in the United States. Scholarships paid to date is $1,020,156.14!


Congratulations to 
Miss Aubrey Elizabeth Reed, Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen 2017.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Promotion Ceremony

Promotion Ceremony

"Private Events"



LCDR Jordan Ferris held his promotion ceremony aboard the deck of USS Razorback (SS 394) in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  This ceremony on June 6, 2017, was a beautiful sunny and warm day.  

Congratulations Lieutenant Commander Ferris.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Arkansas Family Fun Days Event

3rd Annual Arkansas Family Fun Days

"Special Event"



The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, along with six other attractions, offered discounted rates or sales to families.  Hiland Dairy along with local family attractions encourage families to start their summer off with quality family time.  This event offers parents and kids to get out of the house and have fun together.  Did your family participate?  Please share your experience!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Awards

The Arkansas Museum Association awarded the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and the North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau with high honors at their 51st annual conference. 


Stephanie Slagle with the North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau was awarded Overall Achievement for her role organizing and leading the Arkansas Remembers Pearl Harbor Committee and the 75th commemorative ceremony.  The weeklong event saw 17 partners in Central Arkansas and around $20,000 in sponsorships to create this commemoration.  The ceremony at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum had approximately 1,200 people in attendance. 


The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Exhibition for our exhibit about Pearl Harbor.  A big thank you to Cathy and Steve Owen for sponsoring the diorama and to our diorama craftsmen: Ken MacLeod, Bill Owens, Steve Staples, and Dix Wood.



The Distinguished Museum Professional of the Year was awarded to the Museum’s Director of Operations, Allison Hiblong.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Work Week 2017

The Razorback Association, Razorback crew members, came again this year to work on special projects at the museum.  The main projects completed were starting the number 1 engine aboard USS Razorback again, installing a railing aboard Hoga, and preserving the Razorback nameplates.


The crew included past crew members off the submarine, along with some sons and grandsons of these crew members.


The number one engine was first started at the museum in 2013.  But the past few years work was being completed to allow the engine to run for longer periods of time and more effectively.  This year a rebuilt governor was installed to the number one engine.  This governor was rebuilt by the Governor Control Systems in Mandeville, Louisiana.  The governor is now the cleanest equipment aboard the submarine!  The enginemen of the week were able to start the engine multiple times and allow it to run for 20-30 minutes at a time.  See this video of the engine starting up from inside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_kd7Xk6S0g.



Hoga served with the United States Navy from 1941 until 1948.  After that she was loaned to the Oakland Fire Department and served from 1948 to 1994.  During that time her exterior changed, so the museum has been working on preserving Hoga back to her original 1941 appearance.  A railing on the upper deck was removed at some point in her history, so we had four volunteers work to reinstall that railing.




Two of our crew members worked diligently to preserve Razorback’s nameplates.  These are now all spiffy for our visitors this summer!





A past cook off Razorback brought two of his grandsons to cook for the crew while they were in town. 

We always appreciate the work that these guys do and love to hear their sea stories throughout the week, even if we have heard them more than once.