This museum depicts the military history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with emphasis on the 20th century roles of Pennsylvania based units and of Pennsylvanians who have served in all branches of the armed forces. Throughout the grounds you can find a walking path that walks you through larger artifacts and memorials to Pennsylvania’s military heritage.
of the museum was part of Theodore Davis Boal estate. Boal was a wealthy man
that established a machine gun company on his land for service with the
Pennsylvania National Guard in World War I. Upon return of the division in 1919
Boal held a reunion at his estate where he dedicated a memorial to the fallen
troopers in the machine gun company. This simple ceremony is now known as the
28th Infantry Division National Shrine. Boal always had a goal of
creating a museum on the property to honor the Pennsylvania soldiers.
construction to the museum building itself began in 1967. The structure sits on
top of a hill overlooking the parade grounds of the Shrine. The building itself
depicts military defensive position. Inside the museum retained the World War I
focus then exemplified by the 28th Division Shrine.
announced in 1999 that the museum would be renovated to allow proper storage of
collections. The complete makeover began in 2003. The innovative military
ribbon design on the front of the building has won an award by the American
Institute of Architects. The updated museum can better tell the stories of the
Commonwealth citizen soldier, airmen, sailor, and Marine in the 20th
and 21st centuries. Boal’s goal lives on and continues to grow and