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 World War II. A Delaware WWII veteran, who served as a ball turret gunner, will be in attendance. Local artist Paul Rendel will also be on hand and will discuss his painting of a B-17G ball turret gunner.

Open House visitors will be guided through the Museum’s many exhibit rooms by Fort Miles Historical Association docents. The Fort Miles Art Gallery will be open from 10AM-12:00 PM and again from 1:00PM to 3PM. The Gallery features paintings completed by Howard Schroeder while he was stationed at Fort Miles as well as paintings by Abraxas Hudson and Mary Marshall. The newly expanded Museum and Gift Shop will also be open throughout the day. Prints and notecards featuring several works of Howard Schroeder are now offered for sale.

Additional Open Houses will be held on June 24, July 22, August 26 and then continue on the last Saturday of each month through November.

The entrance to Battery 519 is reached by walking/biking through the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park. Admission to Battery 519 is $5 per adult or $15 for a family package. Free for children ages 7 and under accompanied by a paying adult.