Support the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum at Dancing With the Stars

Come Support the Veterans Museum at Broomfield’s Dancing With the Stars

The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum is one of nine non-profits competing in the Broomfield Dancing With the Stars on September 26 benefiting the Broomfield Community Foundation. Former museum board director and local history teacher, Paula Coffman, will be the star dancer representing the museum.

Graphic banner for Dancing With the Broomfield Stars

Paula Coffman will honor the military, our youth, and the importance of learning from each other, through a dance created with the support of dancers DeAndre Carroll, Cory Michael Klements and Raina Manzanares.

Each non-profit will raise funds that will support the foundation and also the non-profit.

Please support the museum by purchasing a ticket, voting online or making a donation.

VOTE HERE

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Broomfield Students Invited to Enter Veterans Day Essay Contest

The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum is hosting an essay contest for all students who attend Broomfield schools or who are home-schooled in Broomfield at the elementary, middle or high school level during the 2019-2020 school year.

Essay Topic:

What does Veterans Day mean to you?

Essay Guidelines:

  • Essays should be 500 words or less
  • Submit document as a PDF
  • Submit essay with the student’s name, school, teacher’s name and grade level
  • Essays should be submitted by email to educator@broomfieldveterans.org by October 7

Prizes:

  • Winners will be selected at elementary, middle and high school levels.
  • $500 will be awarded to the school of each first place winner
  • Winners will be invited to read their essay on November 11 at the museum’s Veterans Day Ceremony

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Heather Christenbury at educator@broomfieldveterans.org or 303-460-6801.

Several board members from the museum participated in the 1940s Ball.

Museum Salutes D-Day Anniversary at Boulder 1940s Ball

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum participated in the 1940’s Ball at the Boulder Municipal Airport, hosting a booth at the event.  

“We had probably the best location,” said Flint Whitlock, museum board member and a member of the museum’s Display and Exhibits Committee. “We were right inside the main entrance, so every one of the Ball’s 4,000 attendees had to pass our booth when they came in. We had numerous people stop by our booth, look at our exhibits and find out more about us.”

Veterans Museum booth at the Boulder 1940s Ball

The theme of the museum’s booth was “Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day,” and it was decorated with posters and artifacts from that period. The 1940’s Ball is a combination of a costume party, dance, air show and military display that takes attendees—many of whom dress in uniforms and clothing—on a nostalgic trip back to that era. The Glenn Miller Orchestra and a girls’ singing group provided entertainment with songs from the Swing Era, while a 1940s military encampment with uniformed reenactors, military vehicles, a faux-French village dubbed “Liberty Street,” vintage automobiles and a separate dance hall that replicated Rick’s Cafe from the 1942 film Casablanca.

“It was the first time we have participated in the 1940s Ball,” said Whitlock, “but I’m sure we’ll be back for years to come.”

Thousands showed up to the 1940s Ball in Boulder
Coffee and Conversation with Gary Kling

Museum expands with the addition of another floor

The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum is enjoying more space since its expansion into the garden level of its building at 12 Garden Center. Thanks to generous support from the City and County of Broomfield, the veterans museum was allowed to take over the space previously occupied by Broomfield FISH. Following some renovations, the move was completed in the summer of 2018.

With the addition of another floor, the museum has added a larger meeting and presentation room, an expanded library and research room, and more space to store artifacts and museum collections. In the existing upstairs space, the museum will expand its current exhibits and bring in additional displays for visitors to enjoy.

The addition has been a long-awaited opportunity for the growing museum. In 2001, the founders of the veterans museum moved into one room in the upstairs and slowly grew its operations to fill the entire floor. The added space from the lower level will allow the museum to continue its growth and serve its mission of educating others of Colorado’s military history while connecting with veterans and sharing their stories.

This fall, the museum will host an official open house for everyone to see its newly renovated and enlarged space.

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts visit the museum

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts come together to support museum

On September 1, scout leaders and scouts from Boy Scout Troop 87 and Cub Scout Pack 372 visited the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum and were able to see the museum’s new expansion into a second floor.  The visit resulted from an Eagle Scout project by Scout Graham Campbell focused on exploring areas where the museum and scout programs can support one another.

The museum often hosts meetings for local Cub Scout packs, provides workshops on flag history, etiquette and flag folding, and Cub Scouts join the museum in the annual Broomfield Days Parade.  Boy Scouts assist the museum with the Annual Veterans Day Program at Broomfield High School, collect discarded flags at the museum for the Flag Day Ceremony and receive help from the museum in working toward the American Heritage Merit Badge Award.  The visit and discussions were most helpful in identifying other potential projects and programs where the museum can assist our community scout programs.

Veterans Resources

Robert Davenport, Sr. Grant created to support local veterans in need

When U.S. Army veteran and 2008 Heart of Broomfield award recipient Robert “Bob” Davenport passed away in late 2017, his family wanted to do something to honor his legacy. As a result, they partnered with the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum to create the Robert Davenport, Sr., Veteran Fund in his memory.

Davenport’s strong ties to veterans and Broomfield inspired his family to set up the fund. Davenport joined the Army in 1952 right out of college and later served in the Judge Advocate General Reserve Corp. before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. In 1958, Davenport and his wife, Patty, moved to Broomfield, where he became an active member of the community and was one of the six founding members of the Broomfield Memorial Veterans Museum.

The purpose of the fund is intended to help address emergency financial needs of honorably discharged or retired veterans of the United States military and of their immediate families.

The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum Directors are responsible for helping to facilitate and execute incoming grant requests on behalf of the Davenport Family. To be eligible for a grant, a veteran must be a resident in the City and County of Broomfield. Grant requests shall not exceed $1,000.00.

Grant requests must be submitted to the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum in writing or via email. Requests may be submitted by an individual veteran seeking financial aid, a family member on behalf of a veteran, or an organization on behalf of a veteran.

To review the guidelines and access a grant application, visit the Veterans Grant page.

Memorial Day Ceremony and Picnic – May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Ceremony and Picnic
Broomfield County Commons Park
Monday, May 28, 2018
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The City and County of Broomfield and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum Directors and volunteers wish to invite the community at large to this year’s Memorial Day Picnic and Celebration. Please join us for a great afternoon of family entertainment and community engagement, featuring musical performances by the Rocky Mountain Brass Works and the Broomfield Civic Chorus. There will also be outdoor exhibits of military era vehicles and uniformed veterans. Burgers and hot dogs will be for sale from the Broomfield Lions Club. With all the day’s activities, let us not forget, that it is above all a day for all of us to come together and pay tribute to all those who fought and died in defense of our freedom.

In the future, when you visit the museum, please take time to see how we have improved and updated our exhibits and displays, many using technology that has greatly enhanced the visitor’s museum experience.

For further information on Coffee and Conversation speaker series please visit the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum website at http://www.broomfieldveterans.org, or email the museum at broomfieldveterans@gmail.com or call Ed Miccio at 303-669-7163.

Museum hours are Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are also open by appointment during the week, for group tours by calling 303-460-6801.  

 

 

SCFD Educator’s Night

The Public Relations Chair, Ed Miccio, and Curator, Megan Huelman, had a great time representing the museum last night at the SCFD Educator’s Night.  Thousands of educator’s descended on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to hunt for resources and gather new knowledge to take back to their students.  On the museum’s second appearance at this fast-paced and lively event, we conversed with representatives from other museums as well as Educator’s-in-training.  We were proud to show off our website and the wide range of educational resources we are making available for those interested in topics of military history and veterans.  The American Military Living History Association joined us to help promote their own re-enacting services as well as offer a fantastic visual and picture-taking opportunity.  We love working with them and helping veterans’ stories come to life through outstanding costume and character portrayal.

 

Frontier Forts to the Fields of France

Stop by to see a very special exhibit about Michael J. Lenihan.  His career started heading west to the open western frontier after West Point and then continued through both the Spanish American War and WWI.  His family and descendants kept wonderful biographies of his life and service and we are proud to honor such a dedicated and courageous Veteran.  Please come check it out!

 

 

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

This past Sunday, July 16th, the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver celebrated her 150th birthday and how she used her wealth to help the poor and disadvantaged.  The party went from 12-4pm on the street infront of the house with exhibit booths, performers, artwork, reenactors, and historic vehicles.  The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum was honored to take part with our own display set up in the library.