National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta: Discover the Spirit of America
Posted by 1182cws on July 7, 2007
Recently, I visited the National Museum of Patriotism on Spring Street in Atlanta. The museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the history of patriotism and also serves as a research center for exploring the development of patriotism through education, displays, and exhibits.
The museum is an outstanding setting for people of all ages to explore the meaning of patriotism to them through reflection at learning centers in the museum exhibit area. The exhibits explore snap shots in history of events that portray how citizens from all walks of life have given to their country to protect the freedoms we cherish. The entire museum and lecture hall are available for private groups.
All the components of the U.S. Armed Forces are represented, including the Air National Guard. On behalf of Headquarters, Lt Col Poppell contributed two uniforms to the museum. The staff was very appreciative of the contribution. In fact, I had a good conversation with Jason Wetzel, the Director of the museum. He has solicited feedback from me as well as other military personnel about the museum.
I was very impressed with the museum. The staff has done an excellent job of highlighting the contributions to our country of all the military components as well as civilians. There is a special exhibit on September 11, 2001 and an exhibit that highlights the contribution of immigrants from other countries throughout our nation’s history.
One of the noteworthy features of the museum is a booth entitled, ‘Project Video Connect’ sponsored by the USO. It is designed for family and friends of deployed military personnel to be able to communicate with them by a video. The family or friends sit before a tiny computer camera. A recording is made (up to ten minutes in length). The e-mail address of the service member is inputted with a short text message from the loved ones and the video is attached to it. The entire process takes about fifteen minutes and there is no charge for the service. Please spread the word about this service to contacts that you may have that would benefit from it. They should contact the museum for an appointment.
The museum was founded by Nicholas D. Snider who served four years in the U.S. Army. He is a retired Senior Vice President of United Parcel Service. He is a lifetime collector with specific expertise in patriotic artifacts such as jewelry, flags, and banners. He has written two books on patriotic collecting and collaborated on a third book.
Museum contact info:
Location: 1405 Spring Street, N.W., Atlanta, Ga 30309
Just North of the 17th Street Bridge at the Corner of 18th Street and Spring Street – across from the Puppetry Arts Center
Museum Hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Adults (age 19-64) $6.00
- Active Duty Military Free
- Seniors (age 65 and higher) $4.00
- Students $4.00
- Children (age 6 and under) Free