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America Opens a New Museum: National Museum for African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo by Alan Karchmer. Public domain.

On September 24, 2016, the National Museum for African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The museum was years in the making but now the spectacular building is open for all. If you plan to visit the museum, please make sure you plan ahead. The museum can only be visited on timed passes. The museum is going to be very popular. Timed passes for January-March 2017 went on sale yesterday.

The museum was authorized by President George W. Bush and is a museum for all. The collection for the museum was not collected in the usual way. According to the New York Times, "The museum had to start from scratch. It ran an 'Antiques Roadshow'-style project that encouraged people to give heirlooms from their closets and attics." The collection includes items that tell so many stories of African Americans from items from slave ships that brought the first Africans to America, to bales of cotton and Harriet Tubman's hymnal and shawl that was given to her by Queen Victoria in honor of her work. It includes Muhammed Ali's boxing gloves and the Croix de Guerre that had been awarded to a member of the Harlem Hellfighters during World War I. The museum showcases African Americans contributions to sports, music, movies and the arts whether it is Jackie Robinson's bat or Jimi Hendrix's vest. Please read the New York Times article that tells the story of the people who donated so many of the items.

The museum is very contemporary and different in style than the other museums on the mall. It is very striking though and from the inside, the light will change with every season. If you are a parent or an educator, you must introduce your students to this museum. It doesn't tell a candy-coated story. It tells a very hard story, but also a very uplifting one as well. The New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine have both had recent articles on the museum.

Another First for Women

In June, President Obama appointed Colonel Cindy Jebb to be academic dean at West Point. Colonel Webb is from Rockland County, New York and she continues being "first" at West Point. She was the first female from Rockland County that was admitted into West Point (in the third class that admitted women) and now is the first female academic dean. After assignments in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and Djibouti, she worked for the National Security Agency before returning with her husband to teach at West Point. You can read the entire article about Brig. General Webb in The Journal News on September 28, 2016.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wear a PINK Cord and Show You Care!

Glendale Parade Store is proud to support breast cancer awareness and encourage others to do the same. We now carry:

Use the cancer awareness cords for fund raising and to reward your cadets for their community service in the fight against breast cancer. Glendale Parade Store will do its part as well by donating a portion of the proceeds for the sale of the pink cord to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

On Duty

A Glendale salute to the US Navy as it turns 241 on Thursday, October 13.

"Don't Wait Check the Date"

October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week. Check out FirePreventionWeek.org and NFPA.org for more information.

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