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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