The Buggy Barn Museum and the Blanco Pioneer Museum announced a cooperative agreement to bring back the highly successful WWII exhibit the Blanco Pioneer Museum hosted during 2011-2012. That exhibit was very well received and brought a lot of tourism and business to downtown Blanco.
The new museum is going to build off the original exhibit by telling the story of some of the citizens of Blanco, whether they saw the war from the home front or were actively engaged in the military during World War II. It will expand from there to a series of displays providing an overview of the war in the European Theater of Operations (ETO).
“We have a commitment for a pretty extraordinary display that will provide an interesting view of the war in Europe,” said Dennis Moore, Executive Director of the Buggy Barn. “The Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg does a mighty fine job covering the Pacific War. We’ll offer folks a view of the war as it happened in Europe through a series of exhibits detailing the campaign from North Africa into Germany. This is really going to attract a lot of positive interest and business for Blanco.”
The proposed museum will be located adjacent to the Buggy Barn Museum north of town on 281. That site is envisioned as eventually being developed into a Museum Mall, with the Buggy Barn and WWII Museums being initial anchors. During 2013, the Pioneer Museum will assist the Buggy Barn Museum in a joint venture, identifying the local veterans, the families of veterans who contributed to the success of the original exhibit, and finding artifacts from WWII to get the museum completed and operational by the fall of 2013.
“Blanco and Blanco County people value their history and heritage and we would like to see it preserved for our heirs. I can imagine visitors seeing signs that state “‘Blanco values its History and Heritage’ and this museum will go far in that respect,” said Linda Howard, President of the Board of Directors Blanco Pioneer Museum. “The Blanco Pioneer Museum was overwhelmed by the response to the original exhibit. We are confident that Dennis will see the same response. We are ready to assist him in building the WWII museum and we ask that the community supports this endeavor also. We ideally would like a collaborative team formed, which includes the school students, the library oral history group, the Blanco County Historical Commission, the American Legion, and anyone with an interest in history. “
Effective immediately, the Pioneer Museum will contact some of the individuals involved in our WWII exhibit, but please don’t wait for us! If you can donate something to this museum, please contact Dennis Moore or his representative at the Buggy Barn. More information will be coming in future issues of the Blanco County News, so stay tuned and watch the progress.