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Contact: 1LT Vincent Solomeno, (732) 974-5966

National Guard Militia Museum Announces Expanded Summer Hours

SEA GIRT, N.J. – The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey is pleased to announce expanded summer hours for its main museum at the historic National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.  Beginning Friday, May 27, and running through Labor Day, the museum will open seven days a week from 10:00AM – 3:00PM.

“We are fortunate that our museum sits within walking distance of some of the Garden State’s most beautiful beaches,” said First Lieutenant Vincent Solomeno, Historian of the New Jersey National Guard and the museum’s curator.  “With the summer season upon us, our expanded hours help us reach more visitors and in turn educate the public about our rich military history.”

A permanent exhibit – “A Splendid Little War: New Jersey and the Spanish-American War” – is set to open July 1.  A special exhibit chronicling the state’s role in the emergency response to the September 11, 2001 attacks is slated for August.

Established in 1980, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey at Sea Girt presents the role of the New Jersey Militia and the National Guard within the context of the larger history of the state.  Collections include original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photographs, artifacts and art from the period of Dutch, Swedish and British colonization through the War for Independence, Civil War and World Wars I and II to the present day, with particular attention paid to the diversity of the New Jersey citizen soldier and his or her experience. 

Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit the museum’s web site at http://www.nj.gov/military/museum/ or call (732) 974-5966.

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