Museum Adds Exhibit Commemorating 75th Anniversary of WWII 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.

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.

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.

Cold War Fallout Shelter Opens at Museum

Pictured is the museum’s fully outfitted 1950s fallout shelter, where civilians could expect to spend two weeks or more in order to survive a nuclear attack.

Another recent addition to the museum is the full-scale fallout shelter in the Cold War Room.  This fallout shelter replicates in perfect detail the type of basement shelter that many Americans built during the 1950s and 1960s when fears of an imminent nuclear attack by the Soviet Union or Communist China were very real. The fallout shelter chillingly reminds visitors of a frightening time in U.S. history.

Honoring Veterans at 2020 Veteran’s Day Ceremony

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

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.