US Army Field Artillery Museum Makes History by ProQuest

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Foryears, the Fort Sill Museum has been a function of the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark, depicting the history of the frontier Army, Southwest Oklahoma and the FAB ranch. By bringing in an FA Museum curator to focus on branch-specific history, the National Historic Landmark Curator, Towana Spivey, can focus on the Fort Sill's history and its rich role in US Army and American history.

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									                                                                         The Field Artillery Museum is preparing for its “grand opening” in
                                                                         June, in concert with the Fires Support Seminar. (Photo by COL Frank
                                                                         J. Siltman, Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma)




US Army Field Artillery
       Museum Makes History
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      he Fort Sill museum system is at                                                              target date of the grand opening in June.
                                                 By COL Frank J. Siltman, FA
      the threshold of tremendous change.                                                           This was a complex process, but Blaker
      For most of the history of the Field                                                          designed a holistic approach.
Artillery (FA) Branch’s association with      part of the Base Realignment and Closure                The FA Museum will depict the history
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, there has not been       (BRAC) process, the Air Defense Artil-                of the US Army FA from its inception
a “stand-alone” Field Artillery museum        lery Museum will open, giving Fort Sill               under Henry Knox in December 1775,
dedicated to the Army’s longest continu-      a third museum.                                       through today. The FA Museum currently
ously serving branch. For years, the Fort       In June 2008, the new building for the FA           is developing exhibits, endeavoring to
Sill Museum has been a function of the        Museum was completed as part of BRAC                  employ interactive and multimedia
Fort Sill National Historic Landmark,         construction and was turned over to the               techniques to tell the story of the FA
depicting the history of the frontier Army,   Fort Sill Museum. The interior exhibit                in US military history. Although there
Southwest Oklahoma and the FA Branch.         planning was completed and coordinated                will be some static-piece displays, even
That is changing as the US Army Field         with the Center of Military History and               those will include figures and displays
Artillery Museum is preparing for its         the Training and Doctrine Command                     that place the pieces in the context of
“grand opening” in June, in concert with      (TRADOC) Chief of Museums. In the                     history, the evolution of warfare and,
the Fires Support Seminar. The museum         fall of 2008, interior construction of                most importantly, the Soldiers that
is located just west of the Old Post Corral   exhibits began, pieces were moved, and                served them.
along Randolph Road.                          refurbishing began on those pieces.                     Outside Partnerships. This is a work
  The Museum. Fort Sill will have two           In December 2008, Gordon Blaker                     in progress as the museum prepares for
separate museums with the National            arrived as the first Curator/Director of              the grand opening, but even that will not
Historic Landmark and the US Army             the FA Museum. He began to review                     be the final product. The FA Museum will
Field Artillery Museum. Then in 2011, as      plans and develop a concept to meet the               be a “living entity” that will change and

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                                                                                          An artist’s rendition of the Field Artillery
        
								
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