The Museum Studies program recently hosted a talk with Paul Morando, Chief of Exhibits at the National Museum of the United States Army. The museum, which is currently under construction in Fort Belvoir, VA, will be the first national museum for the U.S. Army as a whole.
Mr. Morando discussed the funding, design, construction, and artifact acquisition process for the museum, which is expected to open to the public in 2020. The museum presents a narrative of the U.S. Army from its inception in the American Revolution until today, giving each major war detailed attention and highlighting the relationship between the military and society. The museum hopes to present the history of the Army through stories of individual soldiers and major artifacts of historical significance. Mr. Morando also explored the challenges in creating such a museum, from handling controversial episodes in history to creating immersive spaces that are both historically accurate and respectful to veterans and other individuals who may be affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other conditions. Additionally, he gave information on potential internships or career opportunities for interested students.
Thank you to Mr. Morando for visiting, and thanks to the College of Arts & Sciences and Museum Studies for hosting this event!