The following is a portion of a press release I received today from the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association.
SEA GIRT, N.J. (November 23, 2012) – The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey in Sea Girt was quite literally swamped by Hurricane Sandy. Because of the destruction incurred, the museum has been closed until further notice.
The museum professional staff is proactive, however, and with the help of dedicated volunteers and professional conservation and restoration experts from the New Jersey National Guard and New Jersey State Archives, the US Army’s Center for Military History, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and the Louisiana and Illinois National Guard museums, among others, is working hard on a “Jersey comeback.”
A new museum, bigger and better than the old quarters, is planned, and the museum will continue to expand its mission to narrate to New Jerseyans the stirring story of the state’s military history. The museum is in the process of requesting assistance in attaining those goals from both state and federal governments and private foundations. Initial response has been very encouraging.
In the short run, however, much still has to be accomplished in the stabilization and conservation of museum artifacts, and establishing an immediate cash flow to meet unexpected needs is paramount. Private donations to bridge this situation are needed and welcomed by the museum’s 501-3 (C) support organization. These tax-deductible contributions may be mailed to The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey, 151 Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ, 07648. Checks should be made out to the NGMMNJ and be marked for “disaster relief.”
History plays such a vital role in all of our lives. To appreciate it is to appreciate both the present and the future. If you can help out, please do.