Lewis Army Museum
Founded in 1971, the Lewis Army Museum explores how the U.S. Army assisted in settling and protecting American settlers in the Pacific Northwest. With a wide range of artifacts and exhibits, the museum offers a fun and educational experience that allows visitors to get a better understanding of Western expansion and the roled the US military played. The museum's collection includes weapons, military art, and memorabilia, and the museum grounds feature tanks, cannons, missiles and other large equipment and armament. The museum is housed in the historic Red Shield Inn, which was constructed in 1919 by the Salvation Army. It is a rare example of the "Western Stick" architectural style, which is also referred to as the "Swiss Chalet" style, and is the only building on the base remaining from the WWI period. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The fort is named after Meriwether Lewis, co-leader of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, which found a route to the Pacific Ocean in the early 1800s.
Backstory and Context
The Salvation Army earned fame in the United States for providing doughnuts to American soldiers in France during WWI. As a result, American soldiers earned the nickname "doughboys." The Inn operated as such until 1973, when the museum moved in. The Inn was once part of an area of the base called Greene Park, which was an area soldiers used to relax and participate in a wide variety of recreational activities.
Dierking, Barbara. "Red Shield Inn." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 14, 1979. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/47fe8517-9861-4892-8ed1-89110cfa9b4e.