Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives strives to preserve the history of American veterans and share their stories with future generations. Consisting of donations from veterans and their families, the museum features artifacts, uniforms, weapons, and medals from the Revolutionary War to present day. Originally the idea of Veterans Service Officer Kenneth David, the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives was first opened to the public in 2000.
Backstory and Context
The Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives was the idea of Kenneth David, a former Veterans Service Officer in Limestone County, Alabama. In 1995, Kenneth collected artifacts to create an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. When the exhibit closed, many contributors failed to retrieve their donations, inspiring Kenneth to create a permanent place to display the war-related artifacts.
The museum is divided into three sections: the Tyler Craig Memorial Library, the Bob McAbee Exhibit Hall, and the Wendell Powers Auditorium. These three areas were named after members of the museum's board who volunteered countless hours of their time to its creation. Although the museum opened to the public in 2000, the official Grand Opening and Dedication service was held on November 10, 2002.
The museum contains a variety of artifacts from the Revolutionary War to present day. Donations of weapons, uniforms, medals, photographs, and books are all displayed. The museum aims to celebrate and honor the individual stories of veterans and the hardships they endured, giving it a much more personal feel.