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February 16, 2021 admin
Coffee and Conversation is Back!

The museum is reopened and hosting Coffee and Conversation events in a safe and socially distanced manner. However, if you prefer to watch from home, we invite you to tune in via our YouTube livestream.

If you've never attended a Coffee and Conversation event, we invite you to join us for one of our free Saturday events, starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy coffee, donuts and networking with fellow veterans and history buffs. Plus, you'll hear a great presentation from a veteran or historian. You can also access our entire library of recorded Coffee and Conversation presentations on our YouTube channel.

Upcoming Events

27 February - Bill Niles served in the US Navy Submarine Service from 1980 to 1988 with tours on the USS Queenfish (SSN651) and the USS Omaha (SSN692) based out of Pearl Harbor. He achieved the rank of E-6 and his job focused on the maintenance of alarm, warning, control and interior communication systems for the submarines. Bill will share his experiences of what it is like to train to be a submariner and then serve on a nuclear attack submarine.

13 March – Bob Moulder joined the US Navy in 1952 and served as a radioman on the USS Hector, USS Ajax and the USS Pinola. Most of his service was spent in Japan and Korean waters during the latter part of the Korean War. Bob is a Civil War expert and amateur historian who will present a talk titled, “Civil War Guns, Swords and Stories,” as told through artifacts from his extensive personal collection. This is in conjunction with a special Civil War exhibit at the Veterans Museum.

27 March – John Peticolas served a 25 year career in the US Navy and Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Commander (0-5). As a pilot he flew multiple different aircraft including the A-6 Intruder, the A-4 Skyhawk and P-3 Orion. In conjunction with a special Civil War exhibit, John will tell the story of his great-grand uncle, Albert Brown Peticolas, a young lawyer from Victoria, Texas, who joined other troops from his state in the 1862 Confederate invasion of New Mexico.

December 1, 2020 admin
The Broomfield Veterans Museum Honors Veterans at Veteran’s Day Ceremony 2020

On November 11, 2020 the Broomfield Veterans Museum hosted an outdoor, socially-distanced ceremony to honor America's veterans. The event was held on the front lawn of the Broomfield Veterans Museum. Museum President Lew Roman welcomed veterans and guests, Rick Schneider of the American Legion Post 58 gave the Invocation, and Gulf War Veteran Ryan Wolf gave a keynote speech.

Many thanks to the following organizations assisted with the implementation of the event: City of Broomfield, Colorado, American Legion Post 58, Broomfield, Colorado, American Military Living History Association, • Mile High Fife and Drum Corps, • Bugles Across America, Tenth Mountain Division Reenactment Group, InnovAge Image Company, and Daughters of the American Revolution. 

The ceremony was video streamed to public thank to Sara Farris (link here) and a digital copy was also taken by Steve Kutala.  Media coverage included reporters from the Broomfield Sentinel, Broomfield Enterprise, the Boulder Camera and there was a TV crew from the Spanish speaking TV station Telemundo.

Veteran's Day 2020 Ceremony at the Broomfield Veterans Museum. Two WWI Reenactors stand ready at museum entrance.

A crowd gathers outside the museum for the Veterans Day Ceremony in 2020.
November 10, 2020 admin
Museum Adds Exhibit Commemorating 75th Anniversary of WWII Victory

The museum has installed a new exhibit that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and honors local veterans and Colorado companies which played a major role in ensuring the Allied victory.

A view of a portion of the exhibit commemorating Colorado’s role in the victory of World War II. The Norden bombsight is visible in the lower right corner of the photo.

On display are stories and artifacts related to local D-Day participants such as Robert Rudzinski, a Navy corpsman (medic) who took part in the landings at Utah Beach, Normandy; Coast Guardsman Wil Staub who served aboard a landing craft bringing American soldiers into hotly contested Omaha Beach; and Bob Hilbert, who was a part of the 1st Infantry Division amphibious assault landings at Omaha Beach.

Also honored are airman Bob Caron of Denver, who was the tailgunner on the "Enola Gay"—the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and sailor Clyde Brunner, who witnessed Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri; Brunner later became Broomfield’s second mayor.

Encompassed by a 20-foot-long timeline of the most significant events of the war, the display also highlights the contributions of Colorado companies, such as the Gates Rubber Company (maker of military tires); Schaeffer Tent and Awning Company (which made tents for the military); Coors Porcelain (producers of ceramic insulators required for the atomic-bomb manufacturing process); Coleman Motor Company of Littleton (which produced heavy trucks and cranes); and the Remington Arms Plant in Lakewood (manufacturers of over 6 million bullets per day) — all of which did much to bring about victory.

Also on display are the once-top-secret Norden bombsight that was touted to provde American bomber crews with “precision” aerial bombing capabilities; a brief history of the Holocaust; and the Colorado National Guard’s role in liberating the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945.

It is anticipated that the exhibit will be up until the beginning of 2021.

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