Submitted By Kim Tennison
The Museum of Military History in Kissimmee, FL completed their collection on Saturday, August 24 with a new exhibit representing the Revolutionary War. The exhibit was curated and sponsored locally by the Joshua Stevens Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), who also hosted the dedication event and ceremony at the museum.
It’s the first time the museum has had artifacts from this period of history. “[It is a] remarkable addition to the museum and now completes the history of every American War since 1775,” stated Jeff Gerstenlauer, reporter with Positively Osceola. “If you haven’t been to their location make sure to take a trip and see for yourself.”
The local NSDAR chapter has been curating artifacts and reproductions of period memorabilia for the past couple of years for the purpose of permanent display at the museum. Tracy R. Suarez, an NSDAR member involved in curating the exhibit, described some of its content. “The display features replica uniforms and weapons of the Continental Soldier and the Militiaman, a banner of flags of the Revolutionary War period, and artwork showcasing some major battles.”
Joining the attendees were reenactors from the period, including a Revolutionary War militia man and George and Martha Washington. Notable attendees were Jose Alvarez, Kissimmee Mayor, Angela Eady, Kissimmee Mayor Pro Tem and Florida State Senator Victor Torres, Jr.
During the ceremony, Debra Linn Idom Main, Joshua Stevens NSDAR regent, presented a Historical Preservation Award to the Museum of Military History for excellence in preserving America’s military history.
NSDAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children. All members are lineal descendants of patriots of the American Revolution. The national organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. was founded in 1890 (www.dar.org), and the local chapter was organized in 1946.