HAPPENINGS MAY AND JUNE

THE FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up-to-date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum. This blog focuses on MAY AND JUNE, and, as noted, the blog will be updated monthly (or more frequently, as needed) thereafter. The blog will also include information about other scheduled events at Cape Henlopen State Park.

FMHA will be conducting Open Houses in MAY AND JUNE.

Each Open House will present a World War II themed lecture and accompanying film starting with a talk by Dr. Gary Wray, President of FMHA and well known World War II historian and professor. Please note all […]

May 4th, 2017|Museum Happenings, News & Updates|0 Comments

FORT MILES MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

FMHA will host Spring Open Houses in May and June. See May and June “Happenings” for the full schedule. Each Open House will feature a World War II themed film and lecture starting at 1PM in the Fort Miles Museum theatre. Leading the presentations will be Dr. Gary Wray, President of FMHA and well known World War II historian and professor.

May 27, 10AM – 3PM

The May Open House Film/Lecture Series topic is The Bombing of Europe. The film and discussion will feature the B-17 and its famous “Ball Turret Gunners.” The B-17 aircraft was the most famous bomber used in […]

May 3rd, 2017|Fort Miles Museum, Museum Happenings, News & Updates|0 Comments

FMHA and DSP Acquire 90mm Gun for Artillery Park

April 10th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

FMHA Thanks Eagle Scout Candidate John Mader

Scout John Mader from Troop 903 in Dover presented his Eagle Scout Project Gift to FMHA President Gary Wray on March 19, 2017 during the March FMHA Board Meeting. John’s Project consisted of the construction of display boards for Battery 519’s powder and shell rooms, as well as the construction of 4 rest benches for visitor comfort.

Scout Mader’s Eagle Scout project was a year long effort, consisting of project definition, fund raising, and leading a team peers during the construction phase. It was our pleasure to sponsor this young man in his quest to become an Eagle Scout.

April 7th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

NEW WORLD WAR II FILM & LECTURE SERIES ANNOUNCED

January Film & Lecture, Pearl Harbor, Draws Packed House

The Fort Miles Museum is expanding its public programming in 2017, highlighted by a new World War II Film & Lecture Series.   The Series will be a part of a monthly Museum Open House, starting on Saturday January 28th. The new programs are in addition to regularly scheduled tours of Battery 519 and the Museum’s Art Gallery.

The Fort Miles Film & Lecture Series will be moderated by Dr. Gary D. Wray, President of the Fort Miles Historical Association. Each session will include discussion of the “Delaware Connection” to the topic.  Upcoming Series topics, and […]

March 30th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

HAPPENINGS APRIL AND MAY

THE FMHA “Museum Happenings” is published monthly to keep you up-to-date on Happenings at the Fort Miles Museum. This blog focuses on APRIL AND MAY, and, as noted, the blog will be updated monthly (or more frequently, as needed) thereafter. The blog will also include information about other scheduled events at Cape Henlopen State Park.

FMHA will be conducting Open Houses in APRIL and MAY.

Each Open House will present a World War II themed lecture and accompanying film starting with a talk by Dr Gary Wray, President of FMHA and well known World War II historian and professor. Please note all […]

March 30th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

FMHA SALUTES DEPARTED VETERANS

FMHA wishes to salute and extend our sympathies to the families of Horace Knowles and Elmer Tyndall.

Horace Knowles proudly served in the U.S. Army at Fort Miles with the 261st Coastal Artillery from 1940 – 1944.  He was 95 when he passed on January 17 2017.  FMHA was honored to have Mr. Knowles present at the September 2 2016 opening of the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park.  We thank him and his family for all of their support of FMHA over many years.

Col. Elmer (Newt) Tyndall served his country for 30 years in an Air Force career that spanned World […]

February 5th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

DANIEL B LYONS III (1931 – 2016)

imageFMHA was saddened by the death of Dan Lyons, a long standing and energetic Member of the FMHA Board.

Dan passed away peacefully at home on November 5 2016. Dan’s interest in Fort Miles stemmed from his service in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Transportation Officer. Following his military service, Dan had a long and successful career in the transportation and logistics industry.

At the same time, as a result of developing an interest in volunteer fire service while attending the University of Maryland, Dan served with the Bethany […]

February 4th, 2017|News & Updates|0 Comments

TWO SUBMARINES BROUGHT WWII TO DELAWARE

By Dr. Gary D. Wray

uboatsOperation Drumbeat by the Germans was the first major attack on our homeland. We are telling that story at our Fort Miles museum, through the prism of U 853 and U 858.

The history of Fort Miles and the Fort Miles museum is closely linked to the story of two famous German WWII submarines, U 853 and its sister, U 858. Both were launched in Bremen, Germany, in 1943, and each is a key part of Fort Miles and our Fort Miles museum. This is that story.

Of all of […]

February 4th, 2017|History in Action, News & Updates|0 Comments

TIME LAPSE VIDEOS OF THE ASSEMBLY

Below are time lapse videos of the assembly of the 16-inch Missouri barrel into its new mount.

May 14. You’ll see the girder being placed at the end of the day.

https://www.facebook.com/FortMiles1942/videos/vb.1056500171049707/1191681870864869/?type=2&theater


May 16. Go ahead and look for activity around 2:30 pm (1430 hrs.). What you’ll see is a 500-ton lift crane stacking 80 tons of counter-weights to itself. It’s interesting to watch.

https://www.facebook.com/FortMiles1942/videos/vb.1056500171049707/1192897014076688/?type=2&theater


May 18. On this day, the slide was placed into the girder. It is through the slide that the barrel is placed. When the […]

June 8th, 2016|USS Missouri Gun|0 Comments

MISSOURI BARREL ASSEMBLY COMPLETED

Missouri Gun Assembly CrewAt about 4 p.m. June 1, 2016, the Missouri barrel assembly was completed and these are the guys who made it happen. There is still work to do, but the biggest part of the job is done.

June 8th, 2016|News & Updates, USS Missouri Gun|0 Comments

FORT MILES ART GALLERY OPENS

On May 14, 2016, John Schroeder cut the ribbon to the new Fort Miles art gallery, as Brax Hudson to his right, and sister, Carole and brother Rob watched. A number of Howard Schroeder paintings from his World War II period and a General Miles portrait are included inside the gallery. See more photos on Facebook.

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May 31st, 2016|Fort Miles Museum|0 Comments