Join us for a special 80th Anniversary Remembrance of the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 11.
Be sure to check out the new exhibit while you are here.
MUSEUM INSTALLS NEW EXHIBIT COMMEMORATING 9/11 ATTACKS
It has been 20 years since the terrorist attacks brought death and destruction to the American homeland—and touched off a 20-year war in Afghanistan, as well as an invasion of Iraq to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime. To commemorate the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that September 11, 2001, the Broomfield Veterans Museum has installed a new exhibit that recounts the events of that tragic day. Nineteen persons with a connection to Colorado were killed on 9/11—either because they were in the buildings that were hit by the hijacked planes or were in the planes themselves. Their stories are told in vignettes at the museum. For example, Kathryn LaBorie of Colorado Springs was the head flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York, and Jason Dahl of Littleton was the chief pilot aboard United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It it believed that passengers and crew members on Flight 93 fought with the hijackers in an effort to prevent the plane from reaching its target—thought to be either the White House or U.S. Capitol. The new exhibit is scheduled to remain on display until later this year to remind visitors of the tremendous blow the attacks made on Americans’ feelings of security—and how the attacks renewed a sense of patriotism that had not been felt since Pearl Harbor 60 years earlier.
Museum Adds Exhibit Commemorating Civil War
In April 1861, the deadliest conflict in American history broke out. Angered by the election of abolitionist Abraham Lincoln to the highest office in the land, 11 Southern states broke away from the Union. What would follow were four years of bloody conflict that cost the lives of over half a million Americans.
Colorado was also caught up in the war. President Lincoln nominated William Gilpin to become governor of the newly formed Colorado Territory, with orders that he protect the gold and silver assets from any attempt by the Confederates to invade the territory and seize them.
Gilpin raised a regiment of 1,000 men just in the nick of time, for a force of 3,000 Texans was marching from San Antonio up the Rio Grande Valley through New Mexico on their way to Colorado. Literally heading them off at the pass — Glorieta Pass, outside of Santa Fe — the Colorado volunteers turned back the would-be invaders in a two-day battle in March 1862 and saved the West for the Union.
The story of the “Pike’s Peakers” and “Gilpin’s Lambs,” as they were called, is currently on display at the museum, along with artifacts of the war. The exhibit will be up until mid-May 2021.
Cold War Fallout Shelter Opens at Museum
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.