Past meets present

Three centuries of uniforms and equipment on display Pa. Military Museum

BOALSBURG – Soldiers from the Colonial Period up through the modern day will encamp on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County, during the annual “Then & NOW” military time line. Reenactors from three states will take to the field on September 8th and 9th to showcase three hundred years of technological innovation and uniform evolution.

“We’ll have a significant World War One presence to remember the centennial end of that war,” says museum educator, Joe Horvath. “In fact, there will be two World War One vehicles in attendance as well – a 1918 Dodge brothers Light Repair Truck and Staff Car. The truck is one of only four in the world with a second of the four on display in the museum,” says Horvath.

In addition to the early 20th century vehicles, members of the 304th Engineers, 79th Division will discuss how they would build and/or destroy roads and bridges in 1918. Several types of temporary shelter used throughout the ages will also be displayed. The encampment opens at 10:00 a.m. each day with a uniform fashion show and weapons demonstration at 1:00 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Division Shrine at 51 Boal Ave, 16827 is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information on activities visit www.pamilmuseum.org; call 814-466-6263 and like us on facebook.

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