Blanding Museum and Memorial Park
12 - 4 p.m.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving,
and New Year's
Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park has achieved national standing as a World
War II Commemorative Community. It is flying the flag presented to it by the Director
of the National Commemoration Program.
The Camp Blanding
Museum is dedicated to the nine Infantry Divisions, including the 30th Infantry
Division and the 508th PIR, which trained here between 1940 and 1943. In 1943,
Camp Blanding became an IRTC, training men for both the European and Pacific theaters.
In 1945, the camp became a major Separation Center.
Camp Blanding is embarking on a major expansion to honor all who served in all
the nation's 20th Century conflicts. It will place special emphasis on the Florida
National Guard and the local businesses with whom Camp Blanding has had a cordial
relationship through all the years since World War II.
park is expanding into the 13 acres across the road from the Museum. It will allocate
areas for monuments and displays honoring those who served in Korea, Vietnam,
Desert Storm, and other conflicts. Veterans of those wars are already designing
and procuring materials for these displays.
museum building is in the planning stages, with approved architectural drawings
completed. It will be constructed across the street from the present museum. The
present building will be used for storage and other needs. As one of the few original
buildings on the post, it will remain as a reminder of "how it was."
of this park has provided thousands of visitors an insight into life in and around
Camp Blanding during World War II and has contributed to the education of thousands
of students on the worldwide significance of that war and its impact on our country
and the freedoms we all enjoy today.
We now extend
this membership invitation to every person and every business interested in preserving
these elements of Florida history. It needs not only your membership but also
your suggestions for expanded display areas and financial support for the new
building. We are also receptive to any World War II artifacts, documents, maps,
uniforms, weapons, history books, and other memorabilia that will enhance our
current displays or help us create additional displays.
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What You Will
See At Camp Blanding
While work on the expansion
program continues, our World War II Museum and Memorial Park provides a nostalgic
walk through the pages of Florida history for veterans, their families, children
and grandchildren. Everybody is welcome at Camp Blanding, and there is no admission
- The Museum houses a colorful
collection of weapons (U.S. and foreign). a refurbished World War II barracks,
houses a colorful collection of weapons, photo exhibits, mannequins in uniform,
and other artifacts. These exhibits tell the story of Camp Blanding, the units
that trained there, and the surrounding area during World War II.
Florida Regimental Memorial, adjacent to the Museum, is dominated by the statue
of a soldier and shows the areas of war service by Florida National Guard units
and a roster of Florida Guardsmen who lost their lives in service.
Memorial Park is a large military memorabilia exhibition area surrounding
a lagoon and containing monuments honoring nine Army Infantry Divisions and the
508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, all of whom trained at Camp Blanding. Other
monuments honor recipients of the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart and former Prisoners
of War. There is also a spacious picnic area.
- Special Borne
Monument, our latest acquisition, is a historical highway marker,
called a Borne in French. This original and memorable Borne came
from Liberty Road in Normandy, and was presented to the Camp Blanding
Museum in an impressive ceremony at St. Lo, Normandy, by the Department
of Manche. It was transported to the U.S., erected at the museum, and
dedicated on VE Day, 8 May 1998. Because this Borne came from St. Jean-de-Daye,
the first town liberated by the 30th Infantry Division, it is of great
significance to the museum. It is one of only four that have been presented
to U.S. organizations. Another is located at The Eisenhower Museum in
- The Museum Gift Shop
carries a wide assortment of books, primary histories of the units that trained
at Camp Blanding in 1940 - 1944, assorted pins, insignia, patches, medals, etc.
A price list from the gift shop is available on request.
Need Your Help
Camp Blanding Museum and Historical Associates, Inc., is a nonprofit organization
which supports and provides volunteers for the museum and operates the Gift Shop.
Membership is open to all individuals and businesses interested in preserving
this history of Florida patriotism.
annual membership is available at $10 per year. Lifetime membership is available
at $50, Patron membership at $100, and Benefactor membership at $200. Businesses
memberships are available beginning at $50.
further information, Contact:
Camp Blanding Museum & Historical Associates
5629 SR #16 W
Starke FL 32091
Web Site: campblanding-museum.org