DEVENS — Veterans, local and military history buffs, families whose members include some who have trained, worked, or lived on Fort Devens, and area residents are all invited to Fort Devens Museum’s annual open house to mark Veterans Day. This event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum at 94 Jackson Road, Devens.
Come to hear speakers on a variety of interesting subjects. Come to see the museum’s new and evolving permanent exhibits. Come to talk with some soldiers the museum honors in special displays. Come to enjoy the opportunity to talk with others interested in what the museum has to offer over light refreshments.
There’s good variety among the special programs to be presented. Geologist John Balco of Bolton will give an illustrated talk on the geology of the region with special reference to the Fort Devens area.
As for the present, Lieutenant Colonel Steven F. Egan, the garrison commander at the Army Reserve training area still called Fort Devens, will provide an update on the mission and training at the military enclave today. He will also talk about his Army career.
The museum becomes the fitting place in which to mark the 80th anniversary of the official designation of Fort Devens, more permanent than Camp Devens, as the installation had been called before 1932. Tribute will be paid during this program to former Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers for her untiring effort to secure the designation of Fort Devens. Associate Clinical Professor of Education at UMASS Lowell Patricia Fontaine will present a program on Nourse Roger’s career and Maria St. Catherine De Grace Sharpe, founder/director of the Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers Initiative for Women Veterans Affairs Program Management & Professional Leadership Excellence in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will speak briefly about the newly designated Edith Nourse Rogers’ Day.
To add a new dimension, the museum hopes also to have a group of World War II re-enactors present to talk about their experiences as re-enactors and discuss what has drawn them to focus on World War II, as well as share something of their own military background.
Look for some new items at the museum, come see the World War I field range that cooked food for 50 men and wonder at how we got a large handcart from World War II into the museum. More of the different types of Army uniforms that donors have added to the museum’s collection can now be seen on display too.
We hope you’ll join us for this event to honor our veterans. This event is free and open to the public. For information please call the museum at 978-772-1286, visit www.fortdevensmuseum.org., or check for updates at www.facebook.com/fortdevensmuseum.